The Graduate Diploma in Health Services and Policy Research is offered through the Ontario Training Centre (OTC), which is a consortium of six Ontario Universities (Lakehead, Laurentian, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto and York). The diploma permits students to be sufficiently competent to carry out independent policy-relevant health services research. Although they may have acquired some of these competencies within their primary degree program, the Diploma will permit them to tailor their education to ensure that they have the relevant and sufficient competencies needed to engage in high quality research in this field. Diploma recipients will have the knowledge and skills to contribute to improved accessibility, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of health services for Ontarians and all Canadians. They will work as effective partners with policy-makers to ensure that newly created information is shared with relevant decision-makers and is used to help create a healthier, more productive population.
The eight programs at the University of Ottawa that will be home to the diploma are: Master of Health Administration (MHA), MSc in Health Systems, MSc in in Epidemiology, MSc in Nursing, PhD in Nursing, PhD in Population Health, PhD in Political Science and PhD in Public Administration.