Associate Dean’s Welcome

Dr. LapaneWe welcome your interest in pursuing a career in clinical health services research. Our program provides rigorous quantitative methods training which prepares students to conduct clinical health services research that makes a difference. The UMASS Medical School provides a rich training environment for your doctoral studies. The world class faculty engaged in our graduate program value collective creativity, integrity and excellence, diversity, and mutual respect. Our program is characterized by small classes, where clinician and non-clinician scientists often train side-by-side. The result is a community of learning that is supportive of trainees.

We believe in social justice through improved health. The backbone of our training program is the rich research environment. The faculty's research programs provide the breadth and depth of experiences necessary for trainees to gain expertise in the core domains including biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics, implementation science, and patient-reported outcomes measurement. We have designed a competency-based, transdisciplinary research training program focused on clinical health services and outcomes research geared towards translating research into effective clinical practice and policy. Our program carefully matches mentors to trainees and provides individualized career development planning, rigorous academic training, and provision of technical skills necessary to ensure success as independent investigators and contributors to team science. We believe that students learn optimally by "doing", so from day one in the program, students are fully immersed in health services research labs. Our graduates are poised for leadership positions in academic, private sector, or government positions. 

We hope you enjoy browsing our website to learn more about our programs, research and faculty. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kate L. Lapane, PhD MS 
Professor and Associate Dean 
Clinical & Population Health Research Program

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