PhD Courses

General Required Coursework Summary

PhD Core Courses 23 credit hours
Prescribed Statistics and Methods Electives 15 credit hours
Prescribed Cognate Electives credit hours
Free Electives (Specialty) credit hours
Capstone (Papers/Dissertations) credit hours
Total 65 credit hours


Prior to admission to the PhD program, students are expected to have successfully completed courses for their PhD work in the following areas: rural health, basic statistics, epidemiology, and health policy and administration. Students entering the program without appropriate foundation courses in these areas will so do with the understanding that courses in these areas must be taken prior to their comprehensive examinations. The departmental doctoral committee will be responsible for noting deficiencies upon admission.

Courses required of all students in the proposed program

Core Health Research Methods

Section Course Credits
PHPM 671 Introduction to Health Services Research credit hours
PHPM 672 Data Science for Health Services Research credit hours
PHPM 668 Applied Health Services Research I credit hour
PHPM 669 Applied Health Services Research II credit hour
PHPM 674 Secondary Analysis of Health Data credit hours
PHPM 689 Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research credit hours
PHPM 676 Analytical Issues in Health Services Research credit hours

Core Conceptual Framework

Section Course Credits
PHPM 641 Health Politics and Policy credit hours
PHPM 661 Introduction to Health Economics credit hours
PHPM 619 Organizational Theory
credit hours
26 credit hours

Elective courses prescribed for those students

Five additional statistics/research methods courses to be approved by the student's committee, which may include (but are not limited to):

Section Course Credits
STAT 636 Methods in Multivariate Analysis credit hours
STAT 607 Sampling credit hours
STAT 608 Least Squares and Regression Analysis credit hours
STAT 620 Statistical Large Sample Theory credit hours
STAT 626 Methods in Time Series Analysis credit hours
STAT 659 Applied Categorical Data Analysis credit hours
PHEB 610 Epidemiological Methods I credit hours
PHEB 611 Epidemiological Methods II credit hours
PHEB 612 Data Management and Computing credit hours
PHEB 613 Public Health Epidemiological Methods credit hours
PHEB 614 Analysis of Longitudinal & Dep. Data credit hours
15 credit hours

Required Cognate area

There are three cognates in the PhD in public health with a concentration in health services research: (1) health policy and politics (2) organization theory and analysis (3) health economics. There are a number of courses that may be appropriate to each of these cognates. The following includes required courses in each of the cognates. The student's adviser with approval of the departmental doctoral committee can substitute other courses for either of these cognates.

Health Policy and Politics (illustration)

Section Course Credits
PHPM 633 Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Health Policy credit hours
PHPM 689 Special Topics in Health Politics and Policy credit hours

Organization Theory and Analysis (illustration)

Section Course Credits
PHPM 619 Organization Theory credit hours
PHPM 689 Special Topics in Health Policy and Management credit hours
COMM 670 Health Communication Seminar credit hours
MGMT 636 Seminar in Organization Theory credit hours
MGMT 633 Organizational Change & Development credit hours

Courses freely elected by students


Each student will select three courses/nine semester credit hours in a specialized substantive field such as long term care, vulnerable populations, chronis disease, child health services, substance abuse, service quality, or other areas approved by the student's adviser and doctoral committee.

9 credit hours

Other course requirements

All students, regardless of whether they choose to complete three research papers or a dissertation, will complete at least nine hours of research.

PHPM 695 Doctoral Capstone.

3-9 credit hours