Funding & Time to Completion


The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services Research (HSR) program provides funding to all students admitted into the program for four years. These funding opportunities include 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 Research Centers 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, healthy policy and economics, 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.

Veterans Affairs

The Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) is a group of health economists and health services researchers that provides timely, rigorous data analysis to support the development of high-priority policy, planning, and management initiatives. PEPReC also coordinates and supports the design and implementation of randomized program evaluations with strong potential to improve the quality and efficiency of VA healthcare. Trainees will learn to analyze very large administrative databases and make valid causal inferences regarding clinical outcomes, costs, and quality of care. Research Assistantships at PEPReC provide a stipend and full tuition coverage for at least four years.

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.