Population Informatics Lab

Recruiting PhD Students in Health Service Research

Apply by February 5, 2019 by emailing kum (at) tamu (dot) edu

Are you a highly motivated independent student looking for a chance to get involved with exciting research in the emerging field of data science? Do you learn by actually working on real problems?  Would you like to become an expert SAS programmer (prior knowledge not required, but desire to learn required. )?

The Population Informatics Lab under the lead of Dr. Hye-Chung Kum is now accepting applications for students interested in joining the Ph.D. program in Health Services Research at the Department of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Population Informatics Lab offers selected incoming doctoral students 4 years of full funding for the Ph.D. program, including tuition remission, health-services fee, and a monthly stipend. This support is assured through a graduate assistant research (GAR) position at the Lab, and maintained based on performance.

Job Description

There are multiple openings on large database research projects. Potential topics of interest are

  • Medicaid & Medicare Program
  • Emergency Department Use
  • Telemedicine & Telemonitoring
  • Post Acute Care
  • Diabetes
  • Nursing Home Quality
  • Using administrative VA data to better understand mental health services and condition (US citizens and PR preferred)

Who are we

The Ph.D. in Health Services Research is designed for students interested in research focusing on the financing, organization, delivery, and quality of care. The program provides a broad range of analytic and conceptual tools through a combination of core courses, rigorous methodological offerings, and a cognate specializing in either health policy or health economics. World-class faculty located in the School of Public Health and assisted by colleagues in the College of Engineering, Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Mays School of Business and elsewhere across the A&M campus provide a depth of instruction and mentoring.

The Population Informatics Lab applies informatics, data science, and computational methods to the increasingly large digital traces available to advance public health, social science, and population research. This research group is a joint effort between UNC-CH and Texas A&M.  Dr. Kum, the lead, is a data scientist with training in both computer science and Health and has worked with many computer science students to do research on health informatics problems. For more information poke around other sections of this website.


Successful applicants have strong academic credentials and ordinarily possess an MPH or other Masters-level degree.

How to apply

If you are interested in our research, please email Dr. Hye-Chung Kum directly: kum (at) tamu (dot) edu by February 5, 2019.

  • Body of email
    • Briefly, why you are interested in applying
    • Overall GPA, and GRE scores
    • Very briefly: what would you like to get out of the GAR experience
    • Very briefly: what are you looking for in your graduate school experience
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    • CV
    • Transcript (unofficial is ok)