Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

96-98 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
Required Courses
HS 6353Social Epidemiology3
HS 6443Foundations of Health Science3
HS 5423Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Health Decisions3
HS 6563Health Advocacy and Leadership3
HS 5383Program Development and Coordination3
HS 6453Strategies in Health Education Delivery3
HS 6483Evaluation in Health Education3
HS 6073Seminar in Health Education3
Emphasis Area
Select one of the following Emphasis Areas:15
Higher Education
History of Health and Medicine
Principles and Methods of Teaching Health Professionals
Curriculum Development for Health Professionals
Select two electives from Health Studies in consultation with advisor
Population Health
Global Health
Psychosocial Aspects of Health
Population Health
Select two electives from Health Studies in consultation with advisor
Communication Sciences
Seminar in Communication Sciences (taken two times)
Research Application in Communication Sciences (taken two times)
Seminar in Pedagogy
Research Tools
Level 1 select select one of the following:3-4
Applied Statistics for Health Educators
Special Topics
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Applied Statistical Principles
Level 2 select one of the following:3-4
Multivariate Statistics
Advanced Psychological Statistics II
Statistical Inference
Research Methods Tools
HS 5013Data Collection and Analysis3
HS 6043Methods in Health Education Research3
HS 6983Dissertation3
HS 6993Dissertation3
Total SCHs96-98

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 two focal areas: higher education or population health.

Research Tools

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 dissertation work with committee chair

Prerequisites or Co-requisites

  1. A prior degree in health education, health promotion, public health, or community health or HS 5413;
  2. HS 5003 must be taken after program required courses are completed or the student must sit for the CHES certification;
  3. three semester credit hours of graduate-level research methods; and
  4. new doctoral program students will be required to successfully complete an orientation within the first year.

Qualifying Examination

Candidates for the doctoral degree must pass a three-part qualifying exam, consisting of:

  1. a multiple-choice statistics and research design examination,
  2. a written multiple-question essay examination; and
  3. 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.

Final Examination

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)