Funding & Time to Completion


The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research (HSR) program actively assists students in obtaining research assistantship opportunities on various grant-funded projects with faculty in the Boston University School of Public Health, School of Medicine, or in the US Department of Veteran Affairs Center of Excellence affiliated with the Department. Doctoral students are also encouraged to seek out teaching assistantships within the School of Public Health.

The program offers doctoral level training programs in health disparities and addiction, HIV and HCV.

Health Disparities

Our program has been awarded a T32 training grant in health disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that offers full-time tuition, AHRQ-specified pre-doctoral stipend, health insurance, and travel to conferences for the first two years of doctoral study.

Addiction, HIV, and HCV

The NIDA-funded Integrated Care for Addiction, HIV and HCV Research and Education (ICAHRE) program provides training for doctoral and masters students in the areas of addiction, HIV and HCV. ICAHRE offers full tuition coverage, stipend, and health insurance coverage. Trainees will participate in research rotations, research communication and dissemination activities, and other mentored research in ICAHRE content areas.

ICAHRE is committed to four years of full funding for doctoral students.

Other Funding Opportunities

The PhD program also offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships to incoming doctoral students. All accepted PhD in HSR students are eligible to receive these scholarships and no additional application is required.  In addition, some advanced students, with assistance from program faculty, have sought and obtained dissertation research grants from federal agencies and other funding sources.

For more information about funding opportunities for HSR doctoral students, please contact the Program Director, Steve Pizer.

Time to Completion

Students enrolled in the program full-time generally complete course work within two years and usually take an additional two years to complete the qualifying process and their dissertations.