Health Services Research

Doctoral Degree Program

Graduate opportunities

Pursuing a doctoral degree in Health Services Research at the University of North Texas gives you a broad foundation in public health concerns, research and evaluation methods, and social policy analysis to meet the demands of a dynamic health services delivery environment.

Our faculty has a vast array of experience in a variety of health care delivery environments, and broad expertise in health care and health-related research and policy. The focus is on developing academic research scientists who are interested in contributing to the health services discipline through research, education and policy analysis.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to function as educators, researchers and leaders in health services. You may find future graduates working as university faculty, as health research policy analysts with government and nonprofit agencies or as health systems administrators in the public sector or in private industry.

Gain specialized expertise

Students have the opportunity to choose from three concentration areas: Applied Gerontology, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and Rehabilitation Science.

Applied Gerontology

The concentration in Applied Gerontology is designed for the applied gerontology practitioner who is interested in making a contribution to the discipline through research, while maintaining a focus on active engagement with the aging population. In the current health care environment, the emphasis is on increasing quality, decreasing the cost of service delivery, and achieving positive, measurable outcomes that improve the health of seniors and that make services accessible and affordable. Practitioners experienced in the delivery of services for the aged are in the best position to identify opportunities for improvement and to conduct experience-based research that will result in improved service delivery and improved outcomes.

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

The concentration in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (ASLP) is designed to prepare researchers, educators and leaders in the academic fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration. This program focuses on developing competent researchers, educators and leaders with the advanced knowledge and technical expertise necessary for improving the overall quality of life for individuals with speech, language and hearing disabilities.

Rehabilitation Science

The concentration in Rehabilitation Science prepares students to advance their knowledge and research in the psychosocial impact of disability across the lifespan, well-being and health disparities. This program focuses on developing skilled researchers, educators and leaders to be at the forefront of knowledge translation on improving the overall quality of life of individuals with disabilities. Graduates are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in addressing critical areas of research, education, service delivery, clinical practice, and/or policy.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School and the following program requirements:

  • Completed program application
  • Statement of intent
  • Résumé
  • Sample of written work
  • GRE scores
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation

Completed application forms should be submitted by Dec. 1 for the following fall semester. The graduate school’s admission requirements are outlined at

Degree requirements

The Ph.D. program, with a major in Health Services Research, requires a minimum of 51 hours beyond the master’s degree:

  • 18 semester hours in foundation core courses covering research methods and design, statistics, grant proposal writing and analysis, and writing for publication.
  • 15 designated semester hours in the student’s chosen concentration
  • 9 semester hours of approved electives
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of dissertation

Prospective students should be aware that the HLSR Ph.D. is a traditional on-campus program with most classes scheduled during regular business hours.

Financial assistance

Year-long graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. All assistantships and scholarships are competitive. More information about department scholarships can be found at