One of the goals of the SUMR program is to get underrepresented minority students interested in the field of health services research and the educational opportunities available in this field. Specifically, the SUMR program seeks to inform students about the Wharton School's Doctoral Program in Health Care Management and Economics. This unique program combines intensive graduate level training in health care systems and health services research with advanced training in a traditional academic discipline. The rationale is that such a combination will be most conducive to participation in the kind of interdisciplinary research needed for adequate analysis of the health care sector's problems and behavior.
Flexibly structured to respond to each student's goals and research interests, the program prepares students for careers in teaching, government or research in private industry. Persons with undergraduate training in mathematics or social sciences or an MBA or other master's level degree in health care systems or in health administration who wish to receive further disciplinary training as well as further education in health services research will find the program particularly appropriate and attractive. In addition, the program curriculum provides ideal training for physicians, future physicians (through the University's joint-degree program) and other clinically trained professionals who are interested in research careers in health services analysis.
Wharton's doctoral program in health care systems is designed to produce Ph.D. researchers who are trained in rigorous theory and empirical methods, who are able to work and contribute to multi-disciplinary research while interacting in a research team setting and who are familiar with the on-going changes in health care structures. The Wharton school setting provides students with a health services research focus that is applicable across private and public sectors.
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