Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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The doctoral program prepares individuals for teaching and research positions in academic institutions and positions of professional leadership in health and health-related agencies where research is an important function. The program prepares students for positions as researchers and teachers in research universities, in government agencies at the state and federal level, and in the research arms of private health insurance, provider or consulting organizations.

The doctoral program involves focusing on a major area of concentration, Health Policy and Management, and a minor area. The minor area of the concentration may be content-related or methods-related. For example, students have had minor areas of concentration in anthropology, biostatistics, computational methods, epidemiology, gerontology, and community-based participatory research, among others. The student must be able to utilize courses from other departments at the University, as much of this degree is self-designed, under the guidance of the advisor. Most doctoral students can expect to take two years for coursework, and typically, another two years for completion of the dissertation.

To be considered for acceptance into the HPM PhD Program, applicants must have:

  • completed a master’s degree or other advanced degree;
  • demonstrated basic research competency through a master’s thesis or its equivalent;
  • a statement of interest providing detailed information about your research and professional background, research interests, and fit with the HPM program and faculty;
  • all undergraduate, graduate, and advanced degree transcripts; and
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to your research and professional abilities.

Positions in the doctoral program are limited, selection is competitive with respect to academic background and experience. Preference is given to candidates with work experience in public health, but other outstanding individuals are accepted.