PhD Courses

General Required Coursework Summary

PhD Core Courses 20 credit hours
Prescribed Statistics and Methods Courses 15 credit hours
Prescribed Cognate Courses 9 credit hours
Free Electives 9 credit hours
Capstone (Papers/Dissertations) 9 credit hours
Total 62 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

PhD Core Courses:

Section Course Credits
PHPM 601 Foundations of Public Health 3 credit hours
PHPM 619 Organizational Theory 3 credit hours
PHPM 637 Political Foundations for Public Health 3 credit hours
PHPM 661 Introduction to Health Economics 3 credit hours
PHPM 668 Applied Health Services Research I 1 credit hour
PHPM 669 Applied Health Services Research II 1 credit hour
PHPM 671 Introduction into Health Services Research 3 credit hours
SOPH 676 Professional Development Seminar in Public Health Teaching 1 credit hour
PHPM 689 Seminar 1 credit hour
PHPM 689 Seminar 1 credit hour

Prescribed Statistics and Methods Courses:

Section Course Credits
PHPM 672 Data Science for Health Services Research 3 credit hours
PHPM 674 Secondary Analysis of Health Data 3 credit hours
PHPM 678 Qualitative Research in Public Health 3 credit hours
SOCI 631 Seminar in Sociological Research: Quantitative Methods 3 credit hours
PHPM 676 Analytical Issues in Health Services Research 3 credit hours

Cognate Areas

Each student must select one of two cognate areas: (1) health economics or (2) health politics and policy; These cognate areas provide students with a core of knowledge relating to a specific conceptual approach for health services research. Students typically designate their cognate area at or before matriculation but must designate a cognate area no later than the end of their first semester.

Health Economics:

Section Course Credits
PSAA 621 Economic Analysis 3 credit hours
PHPM 663 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Health Policy 3 credit hours
PHPM 654 Health Insurance and Managed Care 3 credit hours

Health Politics and Policy:

Section Course Credits
PHPM 640 Health Policy Politics 3 credit hours
PHPM 641 Advanced Health Policy 3 credit hours
PHPM 643 Health Policy Analysis 3 credit hours

Other program requirements

The program also includes nine credit hours of free electives and concludes with nine (or more) credit hours for doctoral capstone (dissertation).