The doctoral program prepares individuals for teaching and research in academic institutions and for positions of professional leadership in health and health-related agencies where research is an important function. Doctoral applicants should have earned the Bachelor’s degree and have demonstrated basic research competency through a required thesis (M.S. thesis or equivalent research experience). It is expected that an applicant has satisfied the criteria for admission to the M.S. degree. Otherwise, any deficiency must be completed before a student is allowed to take the comprehensive examination for the Ph.D. degree.