Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
96 semester credit hours.
Interdisciplinary Studies and/or Transferred Semester Credit Hours
Up to 39 semester credit hours of interdisciplinary study and/or semester credit hours transferred from the master’s degree.
Departmental Required Curriculum
24 semester credit hours of Health Studies required course work.
9 semester credit hours from one of three focal areas: higher education, population health, or environmental health.
6 semester credit hours of research methods and 6 semester credit hours of statistics. Students pursuing research in qualitative research must also take a qualitative research methods course in addition to these 6 semester credit hours.
6 semester credit hours of electives (consult with advisor)
6 semester credit hours of dissertation work with committee chair
Prerequisites or Co-requisites
- A prior degree in health education, health promotion, public health, or community health or HS 5413;
- HS 5003 must be taken after program required courses are completed or the student must sit for the CHES certification;
- three semester credit hours of graduate-level research methods; and
- new doctoral program students will be required to successfully complete an orientation within the first year.
Candidates for the doctoral degree must pass a three-part qualifying exam, consisting of:
- a multiple-choice statistics and research design examination,
- a written multiple-question essay examination; and
- an oral examination based on the candidate’s written responses in the essay examination.
The written essay and oral portions of the examination will be permitted only when the candidate has successfully completed all coursework and the statistical exam has been successfully completed. The exams may be repeated only once. A student who fails a second qualifying exam will be removed from the Health Studies doctoral program.
Successful oral defense of dissertation.
Minor (if sought by student)
12 to 18 semester credit hours (Department in which the minor is sought will determine the total hours required)
Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies Program of Study (96 semester credit hours)
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Prerequisite - may not count as an elective|
|Current Issues in Health Studies (if no degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Community Health, or Public Health)|
|Practicum in Health Education (if no CHES certification)|
|Interdisciplinary Studies and/or Transferred Hours (if approved)||39|
|HS 6353||Social Epidemiology||3|
|HS 6443||Foundations of Health Science||3|
|HS 5423||Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions||3|
|HS 6563||Health Advocacy and Leadership||3|
|HS 5383||Program Development and Coordination||3|
|HS 6453||Strategies in Health Education Delivery||3|
|HS 6483||Evaluation in Health Education||3|
|HS 6073||Seminar in Health Education||3|
|Select one of the following Emphasis Areas:||9|
|History of Health and Medicine|
|Principles and Methods of Teaching Health Professionals|
|Curriculum Development for Health Professionals|
|Psychosocial Aspects of Health|
Independent Study or Practicum in Environmental Health
|Select two electives from Health Studies in consultation with advisor||6|
|Level 1 select 3-4 semester credit hours from the following:||3|
|Applied Statistics for Health Educators|
|Advanced Psychological Statistics I|
|Applied Statistical Principles|
|Level 2 select 3-4 semester credit hours from the following:||3|
|Applied Multivariate Statistics for Family Sciences|
|Advanced Psychological Statistics II|
|Tool Two Research Methods|
|HS 5013||Data Collection and Analysis||3|
|HS 6043||Methods in Health Education Research||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||96|