Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science
The Ph.D. in Health Science is a post-professional, distance-based research doctoral program designed for clinical health professionals, public health practitioners, and senior-level healthcare administrators. The focus of the program is to educate and graduate practitioners with the skills and knowledge to conduct research in a complex society and environment while focusing globally within the framework of health policy.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science (Ph.D.) is designed to:
- Provide a means of Ph.D. completion for working health-care professionals currently at the Masters Level.
- Increase opportunities for medical practitioners to earn a terminal degree in the field of health science with a core focus in research.
- Prepare graduates to function both independently and interdependently within the clinical and non-clinical research environment.
- Prepare graduates for advanced development of new knowledge in their fields of expertise.
Through professor-driven, student-centered online course delivery, coupled with research practica, three one-week on-campus institutes, and a dissertation with oral defense, the Ph.D. in Health Science program challenges the student to examine the current state of medical care, apply sophisticated knowledge of research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology to the literature of their core discipline, and initiate the design and follow-up mechanisms for research in health care.