Ph.D. Courses

General Required Coursework Summary

Ph.D. Core Courses 23 cr hrs
Prescribed Statistics and Methods Electives 15 cr hrs
Prescribed Cognate Electives 9 cr hrs
Free Electives (Specialty) 9 cr hrs
Capstone (Papers/Dissertations) 9 cr hrs
Total 65 cr hrs


Prior to admission to the Ph.D. program, students are expected to have successfully completed courses for their Ph.D. 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 3 cr hrs
PHPM 672 Data Science for Health Services Research 3 cr hrs
PHPM 668 Applied Health Services Research I 1 cr hrs
PHPM 669 Applied Health Services Research II 1 cr hrs
PHPM 674 Secondary Analysis of Health Data 3 cr hrs
PHPM 689 Qualitative Methods for Health Services Research 3 cr hrs
PHPM 676 Analytical Issues in Health Services Research 3 cr hrs

Core Conceptual Framework

Section Course Credits
PHPM 641 Health Politics and Policy 3 cr hrs
PHPM 661 Introduction to Health Economics 3 cr hrs
PHPM 619 Organizational Theory 
3 cr hrs
26 credit hours

Elective courses prescribed for those students

Five (5) 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 3 cr hrs
STAT 607 Sampling 3 cr hrs
STAT 608 Least Squares and Regression Analysis 3 cr hrs
STAT 620 Statistical Large Sample Theory 3 cr hrs
STAT 626 Methods in Time Series Analysis 3 cr hrs
STAT 659 Applied Categorical Data Analysis 3 cr hrs
PHEB 610 Epidemiological Methods I 3 cr hrs
PHEB 611 Epidemiological Methods II 3 cr hrs
PHEB 612 Data Management and Computing 3 cr hrs
PHEB 613 Public Health Epidemiological Methods 3 cr hrs
PHEB 614 Analysis of Longitudinal & Dep. Data 3 cr hrs
15 credit hours

Required Cognate area

There are three cognates in the Ph.D. 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 advisor 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 3 cr hrs
PHPM 689 Special Topics in Health Politics and Policy 3 cr hrs

Organization Theory and Analysis (illustration)

Section Course Credits
PHPM 619 Organization Theory 3 cr hrs
PHPM 689 Special Topics in Health Policy and Management 3 cr hrs
COMM 670 Health Communication Seminar 3 cr hrs
MGMT 636 Seminar in Organization Theory 3 cr hrs
MGMT 633 Organizational Change & Development 3 cr hrs

Courses freely elected by students


Each student will select 3 courses/9 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 advisor 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 9 hours of research.

PHPM 695 Doctoral Capstone.

3-9 credit hours