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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Systems

Recent Dissertation Titles

Health systems management and health sector reform

  • Performance-Based Payments, Provider Motivation and Quality of Care in Afghanistan
  • Health Systems Strengthening in Post-Conflict Settings: Employee and Patient Satisfaction in Hospitals in Afghanistan
  • The Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to Improve Provider Performance of Well-Child Care in Armenia
  • Quality Improvement and Its Effect on Patient Perceptions and Demand for Health Services-Evidence from Uttar Pradesh, India
  • The Perception of Quality Among Users of Commune Health Centers and Users of Private Providers in Northern Vietnam

Health financing

  • National Health Insurance in Ghana: Politics, Adverse Selection, and the Use of Child Health Services.
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of User Fee Increase in Improving The Quality of Care: Government Primary Health Care Services in Indonesia
  • The Impact of Community-Based Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization and Financial Sustainability: The Example of Rwanda
  • Impact of Health Insurance on Health Care Utilization in Vietnam
  • Stimulating Demand:  An Assessment of the Conditional Cash Transfer Project in Afghanistan

Health policy and resource allocation

  • Exploring Attitudes and Perceptions of Policymakers and Health Researchers Towards Evidence-Based Health Policymaking in Argentina: A Mixed Methods Approach
  • Dual Practice in Kampala, Uganda: A Mixed Methods Study of Management and Policy
  • Understanding Political Priority Development for Public Health Issues in Turkey: Lessons from Tobacco Control & Road Safety
  • Academic Knowledge Brokers in Kenya: A Mixed Methods Study of Relationships, Characteristics and Strategies
  • Decision-Making for Allocation of Public Resources in Decentralized District Health Systems in Uganda

Maternal, neonatal and child health

  • Antenatal and Delivery Care in Afghanistan Knowledge and Perceptions of Services, Decision Making for Service Use, and Determinants of Utilization
  • Early Maternal Morbidity and Utilization of Delivery Services by Urban Slum Women of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • An Assessment of Maternal Health Service Needs of Immigrant Women Living in East Calgary, Canada
  • Health Seeking Behavior of Women and Their Families During Pregnancy, Delivery and Postpartum Period in Nepal

Evaluation of health programs

  • Comparison of Biomarker Surveillance of Measles Immunity to Conventional Indicators of Vaccination Coverage
  • Qualitative Research to Develop a Framework for Evaluating the Sustainability of Community-Based Child Health Programs Implemented by Non-Government Organizations
  • Evaluating the Delivery Huts Program for Promoting Maternal Health in Haryana, India
  • Evaluating the Scale-Up of Community Case Management in Malawi: Health System Supports, Health Worker Attitudes, and Equity of Service Provision

Refugee and humanitarian assistance

  • Family Relationships and Social Interaction in Post-Conflict South Kivu Province, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo A Mixed Methods Study with Women from Rural Walungu Territory
  • Utilization of Health Services for Children after the Tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia
  • Factors Affecting School Enrollments in a Post-Repatriation Context: A Study of Household Roles, Attitudes and Forced Migration Processes in Urban Somaliland
  • A Balanced Scorecard for Assessing the Quality and Provision of Health Services in UNHCR Refugee Camps

Injury prevention and control

  • Road Traffic Injuries In China: Time Trends, Risk Factors and Economic Development
  • Evaluating an Intervention to Prevent Motorcycle Injuries in Malaysia: Process Performance, and Policy
  • Injuries and Socioeconomic Status in Iganga and Mayuge, Uganda: Inequities, Consequences and Impacts
  • A neglected epidemic of childhood drowning in Bangladesh: Epidemiology, risk factors and potential interventions

Equity and fairness in distribution of health services

  • Gender and Access to DOTS Program (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course) in a Poor, Rural and Minority Area of Gansu Province, China
  • Empowering the Socially Excluded: A Study of Impact on Equity by Gender, Caste and Wealth in Access to Health Care in Rural Parts of Four North Indian States
  • Gender, Empowerment, and Women's Health in India: Perceived Morbidity and Treatment-Seeking Behaviors for Symptoms of Reproductive Tract Infections among Women of Rural Gujarat
  • Trust in Maternity Care:  A Contextual Exploration of Meaning and Determinants in Peri-Urban Kenya
  • The Effect of Contracting for Health Services on the Equity of Utilization and Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditure in Rural Afghanistan

Health economics

  • The Equity and Cost-Effectiveness of HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing in Tanzania
  • Hospital Coding Practice, Data Quality, And DRG-Based Reimbursement Under the Thai Universal Coverage Scheme
  • Willingness-to-Pay and Cost-Benefit Analysis on Introducing HIB Conjugate Vaccine into the Thai Expanded Program on Immunization
  • Economic Evaluation of the Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and Oral Rehydration Therapy Program at Scale in Gujarat, India
  • The Economics of Non-Communicable Diseases in Rural Bangladesh: Understanding Education Gradients in Mortality and Household Wealth Impacts from an Adult Death

Health outcomes and burden of disease methods

  • Measuring the Burden of Disease: Introducing Healthy Life Years
  • Measuring the Burden of Injuries in Pakistan Epidemiological and Policy Analysis
  • Strengths and Limitations of Population-Based Health Surveys in Developing Countries: A Case Study of National Health Survey of Pakistan: 1990-94
  • Approaches to Measuring Non-Fatal Health Outcomes: Disability at the Iganga-Mayuge Demographic Surveillance System in Uganda
  • A National Burden of Disease Study for The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Quantifying Health Differentials Between Nationals and Migrants