A culture of collaboration encourages scholars to use the full range of university resources to design policy-relevant multidisciplinary research projects.
Through IHPI, scholars work with faculty in the many strong units located within a short distance such as the Medical School; School of Nursing; School of Public Health; School of Public Policy; Institute for Social Research; VA Center for Clinical Management Research; College of Literature, Science and the Arts; and other schools and departments.
The curriculum is fundamentally designed to support innovative, fellow-driven original research. Throughout their fellowship, Scholars are guided by a mentorship committee of experienced faculty selected specifically for each scholar. Bi-weekly mentee meetings led by the program directors allow groups of scholars to discuss progress in their projects and receive feedback from each other and faculty. Scholars select their research projects to take advantage of close, long-standing linkages. These include nearby ongoing community-based research in settings such as the Prevention Research Center, the Detroit Community ─ Academic Urban Research Center; statewide policy centers; and strong University and VA regional health systems. At the conclusion of the first year, scholars receive a master's degree in Health and Health Care Research.
Specific Course Requirements
A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the M.S. degree with 16 credits taken in both fall and winter terms.
Students take a midterm and final exam each term.