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Health services research doctoral core competencies

Christopher B Forrest1*, Diane P Martin2, Erin Holve3 and Anne Millman4

Author Affiliations

1 General Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, USA

3 AcademyHealth, Washington, DC, USA

4 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

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BMC Health Services Research 2009, 9:107  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-107

Published: 25 June 2009


This manuscript presents an initial description of doctoral level core competencies for health services research (HSR). The competencies were developed by a review of the literature, text analysis of institutional accreditation self-studies submitted to the Council on Education for Public Health, and a consensus conference of HSR educators from US educational institutions. The competencies are described in broad terms which reflect the unique expertise, interests, and preferred learning methods of academic HSR programs. This initial set of core competencies is published to generate further dialogue within and outside of the US about the most important learning objectives and methods for HSR training and to clarify the unique skills of HSR training program graduates.