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Health Services and Systems Research, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The MS in Health Services and Systems Research program at Boston University provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct both primary and secondary research on clinical, scientific, and other issues related to the delivery of health services within health care systems, industry, and/or other parts of the health care sector.
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Overview

Coursework provides grounding in relevant research methods and theoretical approaches, and culminates in a major paper analyzing existing literature and/or data to generate new insights. Health Services and Systems Research students at Boston University also are required to develop advanced skills in either qualitative or quantitative research methods. Proficiency in communicating research findings is also emphasized, as is training in the essentials of project management.

Eligibility

Students entering the program should have completed two years of full-time work experience in the health care field (or be in an approved dual degree program) and have completed a graduate-level course in biostatistics. Applications from students with no formal graduate coursework in biostatistics will be considered and students provisionally accepted will be expected to complete this requirement prior to starting the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Research Theory & Design 
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Health and Health Services Research
  • Qualitative Methods for Public Health and Health Services Research 
  • Comparative Health Systems and Policy in Industrialized and BRIC Countries
  • Contemporary Theoretical & Empirical Issues in Health Services

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Academic Transcripts or WES ICAP Evaluation
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • CV or Résumé
  • Supplemental Application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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