Degree Requirements – MSc/PhD HSR

MSc HSRMSc HSR - Coursework-OnlyPhD 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 health services research courses 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 following item is required for all students (1 half-courses) regardless of Emphasis:

Required
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.
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration:
often HAD5772H: Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers (or equivalent)

Emphases
Students in the Health Services Research concentration have the option to complete an Emphasis by completing 4 half-year courses in a given area. The emphasis requirements will also count toward their 6 half-year course concentration requirements.

  • Course requirements by Emphasis will be effective September 2019.
  • Alternatives to courses listed can be taken with the approval of the Program Director and Graduate Coordinator.
  • Emphases replace categories previously referred to as ‘Primary Areas of Study’.
  • While most do so, MSc students are not required to pursue an Emphasis.
Emphasis: Health Economics
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5744H Introduction to Health Econometrics
HAD5746H Applied Health Econometrics (pre-requisite HAD5744H)
HAD5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis I
Emphasis: Health Informatics Research
HAD5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics
+ Plus 2 from course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MHI, Health Informatics concentration
Emphasis: Health Policy
CHL5300H Public Health Policy (Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy)
HAD5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy
+ Plus 2 from Quantitative methods:
HAD5746H – Applied Health Econometrics II
Qualitative methods:
HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5740H – Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research (NB HSR1001H pre-requisite)
Case study methods:
HAD5781H – Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy
Mixed methods:
HAD5742H – Mixed Methods in Health Services Research (NB. HSR1001H is a pre-requisite)
Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies
HAD5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector
+ Plus 3 from: 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
HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5743H Evaluation Design For Complex Interventions
HAD5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment
HAD5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research (or equivalent)
HAD5307H Introduction to Applied Biostatistics
+ Plus 1 from HAD5730H – Economic Evaluation Methods for  Health Services Research
HAD5771H – Resource Allocation Ethics
HAD5779H – Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration

Secondary Area of Study: Knowledge Translation

HAD5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
Seminar Series Dissemination and Implementation Science: Explained and Emerging

MSc Health Services Research – Coursework-Only

The MSc – Coursework Only program consists of a minimum of 10 half-year courses. Two of the courses must be in health services research and two must be in research methodology. The remaining six 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.

Program Requirements
Students meet annually with 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 Coursework Only full-time program within 12 months.

2 half-courses – Health Services Research
HAD5011H Canada’s Health Care System
HAD5022H Politics, Policy, Public Health and Health Technology
HAD5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange: The Art and Science of Making Research Relevant and Increasing Utilization
HAD5756H Fundamentals of Research Ethics
HAD5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector
2 half-courses – Research Methodology
HAD5765H Case Studies in Health Policy
HAD5772H Intermediate Statistics for Health Services Researchers
HAD5740H Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5742H Mixed Methods in Health Services Research
HAD5744H Introduction to Health Econometrics
HAD5746H Applied Health Econometrics
HAD5779H Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research
HAD5781H Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy
HSR1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods
6 half-courses – Electives
HAD5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics
HAD5728H Performance Measurements in Healthcare: Theory and Application
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5738H Advanced Methods for Economic Evaluation
HAD5743H Evaluation Design For Complex Interventions
HAD5744H Introduction to Health Econometrics
HAD5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis
HAD5763H Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
HAD5771H Resource Allocation Ethics
HAD5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy
HAD6750H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis II

Secondary Area of Study: Knowledge Translation

HAD5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
Seminar Series Dissemination and Implementation Science: Explained and Emerging

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 (4 half-courses) regardless of Emphasis:

Required
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)
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 & 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)

Emphases
Students must select one of six Emphases, and complete the required Emphasis courses listed below.

  • Course requirements by Emphasis will be effective September 2019.
  • Alternatives to courses listed can be taken with the approval of the Program Director and Graduate Coordinator.
  • Emphases replace categories previously referred to as ‘Primary Areas of Study’.

Comprehensives
Each Emphasis 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 Emphases fulfill this requirement through a Comprehensives course, while other Emphases do so through a final exam at the conclusion of all Emphasis required coursework.


The usual required course of study for each of the Emphases is as follows:

Emphasis: Health Services Organization and Management Studies
HAD5742H Mixed Methods in Health Services Research
HAD5773H Introduction to Theories of Organizational Behaviour and Applications to the Health Care Sector
HAD6762H Health Services Organization and Management Comprehensive Course
HSR1001H Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
+ Plus 2 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
Emphasis: Health Policy
CHL5300H Public Health Policy (Collaborative Specialization in Public Health Policy)
HAD5778H Comparative Health Systems and Policy
HAD6763H Health Policy Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 2 from Quantitative methods:
HAD5746H – Applied Health Econometrics II
Qualitative methods:
HSR1001H – Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5740H – Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research (NB HSR1001H pre-requisite)
Case study methods:
HAD5781H – Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy
Mixed methods:
HAD5742H – Mixed Methods in Health Services Research (NB. HSR1001H is a pre-requisite)
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
Emphasis: Health Services Outcomes & Evaluation
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD6761H Health Services Outcomes and Evaluation Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 2 from HAD5728H: Performance Measurements in Healthcare: Theory and Application
HAD5740H: Intermediate Level Qualitative Research for Health Services and Policy Research
HAD5742H: Mixed Methods in Health Services Research
HAD5743H: Evaluation Design For Complex Interventions
HAD5763H: Advanced Methods in Health Services Research
HAD5779H: Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research
HAD5781H: Case Study Research for Health Services, Systems and Policy
+ Plus 2 from generally advanced methods courses from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
Emphasis: Health Informatics Research
HAD5726H Evaluation and Research Design in Health Informatics
HAD6764H eHealth Innovation and Information Management Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 4 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration or MHI (highly recommended)
Emphasis: Health Economics
HAD5730H Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5744H Applied Health Econometrics I
HAD5746H Applied Health Econometrics II
HAD5760H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis
HAD6750H Advanced Health Economics and Policy Analysis II
+ Plus 1 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
Emphasis: Health Technology Assessment
HAD5301H Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
HAD6765H Health Technology Assessment Comprehensive Course
+ Plus 3 from SGS Calendar course listing for MSc/PhD, Health Services Research concentration
+ Plus 1 from HAD5730H: Economic Evaluation Methods for Health Services Research
HAD5771H Resource Allocation Ethics
HAD5779H: Evidence Synthesis for Health Services, Systems and Policy Research

Secondary Area of Study:  Knowledge Translation

HAD5727H Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
Seminar Series Dissemination and Implementation Science:  Explained and Emerging

 

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

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.