PhD in Health Services Research

HSR PhD Student Handbook

Public Health Program Newsletters


Welcome to our PhD program in Health Services Research.  We have an exciting program that began accepting students in 2005.  We typically admit approximately five students each year, to ensure that each student can benefit from a great deal of quality interaction with our faculty.  Our program welcomes both full-time and part-time students.  Some of our students work full-time in the Charlotte region.  Most others are full-time students who traveled from around the world to study with us.  Our students are preparing for careers in colleges and universities; healthcare; public health and private research organizations; and government agencies.

The UNC Charlotte Health Services Research PhD Program strives to uphold the Department of Public Health Science's vision of "Healthy communities partnered with responsive population health systems" by preparing healthcare leaders to realize our mission of "Advancing health equity and well-being in an urbanizing world".  The Health Services Research program values collaboration, community engagement, diversity, innovation, professionalism, health equity, and social justice.

On behalf of our PhD faculty and students, it is a pleasure to share our program’s details and the accomplishments of our PhD students through this website.  We welcome your participation.






2020 Changemakers in Family Planning Awardee, Dr. Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye

Congratulations to Health Services Research (HSR) alumna, Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., MPH. Dr. Olorunsaiye, along with other accomplished scholars of color, has been awarded the Society of Family Planning Research Fund (SFPRF), 2020 Changemakers in Family Planning Grant. SFPRF seeks to build and support an inclusive, multidisciplinary, skilled, and well-connected community with a shared focus on family planning. The aim of the Changemakers in Family Planning grant award is to provide dedicated support for scholars of color to develop their skills and leadership in the field of family planning research. Awardees will be granted support related to research interests, skills development, mentorship, and networking. Dr. Olorunsaiye is currently an Assistant Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Her research interests include maternal health, global health, and sexual and reproductive health. Congratulations, Dr. Olorunsaiye! 






Ahmed A. Arif, PhD
Professor, Director of PhD Programs in Health Services Research and Public Health Sciences
Department of Public Health Sciences
College of Health and Human Services
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-8742