Degree Requirements – MSc/PhD HSR

MSc HSRPhD HSR

MSc Health Services Research

The MSc program consists of a minimum of 6 half-year courses and completion of a research thesis of acceptable quality and its oral defense. Two of the courses must be in the Primary Area of Study and two must be in research methods and/or statistics. The remaining two are elective courses.

To be eligible for the minimum program, students must have knowledge of the Canadian health care system and basic research and statistics skills. Students whose preparation is insufficient in these areas will be required to take additional courses. Course exemptions will only be offered to those students who have successfully completed graduate level courses at accredited universities, but no degree was awarded for completion of those courses.

Thesis research must be supervised by a faculty member who has an appointment (either primary or cross-appointment) in IHPME. The thesis must be completed under the supervision of a thesis committee (supervisor and at least one additional member) and must be defended before an examination committee appointed by the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, according to the School of Graduate Studies’ guidelines.

Program Requirements
Students meet annually with their supervisor and the Program Director to review the students’ progress and to plan course work and other activities for the next year.

On average, students complete the MSc program within 18 months, although degree requirements can be completed within one year of full-time studies


The usual required course of study for some of the Primary Areas of Study are shown below.
Details for other PAS will be available soon.

Health Informatics Research
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5726H Design and Evaluation in eHealth Innovation and Information Management
+ Plus 2 Additional Research Methods course (statistics, qualitative methods, etc.)
+ Plus 1 Any MHI course with instructor permission
(except MHI2005Y: Health Informatics Practicum)
+ Plus 1 elective course (could be another MHI course)
Health Policy
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers
+ Plus 1 of HAD5021H – Advanced Health Policy Analysis [being phased out & replaced with PPG1001 – The Policy Process: contact Fiona Miller] HAD5765H – Case Studies in Health Policy
HAD7001H-F3 – Health Technology: Policies & Systems
CHL5300H – Public Health Policy: Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy
CHL5308H – Tools & Approaches for Public Health Policy Analysis & Evaluation: Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy
+ Plus 3 elective courses * (where appropriate, these may be from outside IHPME)
* Health policy students often take courses in economics, organizational behaviour & management, qualitative methods, and mixed methods.
Management and Organization Studies
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers
HAD5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector
+ Plus 3 elective courses*, often these are selected from: HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5727H – Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
HAD5737H – Tools for Implementation of Best Evidence
HAD5740H – Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5742H – Mixed Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5744H – Introduction to Health Econometrics
* Elective courses can be from IHPME or other University of Toronto units, as approved by the PAS Lead and course instructor
Health Technology Assessment
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5307H OR
CHL5201H
Introduction to Applied Biostatistics OR
Biostatistics for Epidemiologists I *
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
+ Plus 2 of Quantitative Methods
HAD5304H– Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness *
HAD5738H– Advanced Methods for Economic Evaluation
CHL7001H-F6 – Directed Reading: Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis *
CHL5202H – Biostatistics for Epidemiologists II *
HAD5312H – Decision Modelling for Clinical Policy and Economic Evaluation *
HAD5314H – Applied Bayesian Methods in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5316H – Biostatistics II: Advanced Techniques in Applied Regression Methods
HAD5744H – Introduction to Health Econometrics
PHM1133H – Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Section 0101 – Preference-based Measures of Outcome Evaluation in Health *
MHI3000H-F2 – Introduction to Big Data for Health
Other – on approval of Supervisor & HTA PAS Lead
Policy and Decision Making
HAD5021H– Advanced Health Policy Analysis [being phased out & replaced with PPG1001 – The Policy Process: contact Fiona Miller]HAD5760H – Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis
HAD5771H– Resource Allocation Ethics
HAD7001H-F2 – Evidence Review:  Approaches and Methods for Health Systems and Policy
HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services & Policy Research
PHM1124H – The Power and Politics of Global Pharmaceutical Policy *
Other – on approval of Supervisor & HTA PAS Lead
Note * * – may require advance approval of course instructor – enrollment may be restricted

PhD Health Services Research

The PhD program consists of a minimum of 10 half-year courses, oral defence of a dissertation proposal, and completion of a dissertation and its oral defence. Students meet annually with their supervisor and the PhD Program Director to review their progress and to plan course work and other activities for the following year.

Students must have knowledge of the Canadian health care system and basic research and statistics skills or they will be required to take additional courses.

PhD students will be required to complete an intermediate statistics course while in the program. A pre-requisite for successful completion of this course is familiarity with introductory statistics up to and including regression. All students are strongly advised to take an applied introductory statistics course over the summer, or review the material independently.

Course exemptions will only be offered to those students who have successfully completed graduate level courses at accredited universities, and if no degree was awarded for completion of those courses.


The following items are required for all students:

HAD5011H – Canada’s Health Care System
This course provides an overview of Canada’s rapidly changing and increasingly politicized health care environment. Students will develop policy analysis skills and mastery of a variety of analytical approaches.

HAD5772H – Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent such as Biostatistics II)
Upon completion of HAD5772H students will have a working knowledge of selected statistical analysis techniques relevant to health services research

HAD6760H – Introduction to Health Services Research Theory and Methods
The field of health services research draws upon the theory and methods of a wide variety of disciplines, including the clinical sciences, the social and behavioural sciences, management and administrative sciences, law, epidemiology and biostatistics. The goal of HAD6760H is to review these interdisciplinary skills and provide an opportunity for PhD students to apply them to health services research.

HAD6770H – Applying Health Services Research Methods
Continuation of HAD6760H (above)

Comprehensives
Each Primary Area of Study has a Comprehensives component tailored to assess their students’ ability to demonstrate a high level of competency in the area of specialization, and satisfactory evidence of proficiency in statistics and research methods. Comprehensives are required of all doctoral programs. Some PAS fulfill this requirement through a Comprehensives course, while other Primary Areas of Study do so through a final exam at the conclusion of all PAS-required coursework.


The usual required course of study for each of the Primary Areas of Study is as follows:

1.  Health Services Organization and Management
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent)
HAD5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
HAD5742H Mixed Methods in Health Services Research
HSR1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD6762H Health Services Organization and Management Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 2 elective courses
2.  Health Policy
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent)
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
HAD5021H Advanced Health Policy Analysis [being phased out & replaced with PPG1001 – The Policy Process: contact Fiona Miller]
HAD6763H Health Policy Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 4 elective courses
3.  Health Services Outcomes & Evaluation
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent)
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD5743H Evaluation Design For Complex Interventions
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
HAD5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
HAD6761H Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 2 elective courses
4.  Health Informatics Research
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent)
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
HAD5726H Design and Evaluation in eHealth Innovation and Information Management
+ Plus 2 of Any MHI course with instructor permission (except MHI2005Y: Health Informatics Practicum)
HAD6764H eHealth Innovation and Information Management Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 2 elective courses
5.  Health Economics
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis
HAD5744H Applied Health Econometrics I
HAD6750H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis II
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
HAD5746H Applied Health Econometrics II
+ Plus one of CHL5401H – Introduction to Epidemiology
HAD5301H – Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5307H – Introduction to Applied Biostatistics
+ Plus one of HAD5738H – Advanced Methods for Economic Evaluation
+ Plus Health Economics Comprehensive Exam
6.  Health Technology Assessment
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5307H OR
CHL5201H
Introduction to Applied Biostatistics OR
Biostatistics for Epidemiologists I *
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD6760H Introduction to Health Services Research Theory & Methods
HAD6770H Applying Health Services Research Methods
+ Plus three of Quantitative Methods
HAD5304H– Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness *
HAD5738H– Advanced Methods for Economic Evaluation
CHL7001H-F6 – Directed Reading: Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis *
CHL5202H – Biostatistics for Epidemiologists II *
HAD5312H – Decision Modelling for Clinical Policy and Economic Evaluation *
HAD5314H – Applied Bayesian Methods in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD5316H – Biostatistics II: Advanced Techniques in Applied Regression Methods
HAD5744H – Introduction to Health Econometrics
PHM1133H – Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Section 0101 – Preference-based Measures of Outcome Evaluation in Health *
MHI3000H-F2 – Introduction to Big Data for Health
Other – on approval of Supervisor & HTA PAS Lead
Policy and Decision Making
HAD5021H– Advanced Health Policy Analysis [being phased out & replaced with PPG1001 – The Policy Process: contact Fiona Miller]HAD5760H – Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis
HAD5771H– Resource Allocation Ethics
HAD7001H-F2 – Evidence Review:  Approaches and Methods for Health Systems and Policy
HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services & Policy Research
PHM1124H – The Power and Politics of Global Pharmaceutical Policy *
Other – on approval of Supervisor & HTA PAS Lead
+ Plus Health Technology Assessment Comprehensive Exam
 Note * * – may require advance approval of course instructor – enrollment may be restricted

Secondary Area of Study:  Knowledge Translation

HAD5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
HAD5737H Tools for Implementation of Best Evidence

 

Elective Courses

Electives can be chosen from either IHPME or other University of Toronto departments, as approved by the HSR Program Director and course instructor.

HAD5738H Advanced Methods for Economic Evaluation
HAD5765H Case Studies in Health Policy
HAD5768H International Perspectives on Health Services Management
HAD5771H Resource Allocation Ethics
HSR1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services & Policy Research
JNH5003H Home and Community Care Knowledge Translation
CCHQR Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research

 

Dissertation

The purpose of the dissertation is to undertake an original theory-driven investigation characterized by rigorous methodology and capable of making a significant contribution to knowledge about the subject under study. The dissertation supervisor must have their primary graduate appointment in the Institute of HPME. The dissertation process includes:

  1. Preparation and oral defence of a dissertation proposal
  2. Preparation of the written dissertation
  3. Presentation and oral defence of the dissertation.