Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences

Major: PHSCPHDENV
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GH
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/sphis/departments/health-promotion-behavioral-sciences

Program Information

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences offers a doctor of philosophy degree in Public Health Sciences with specialization in the following areas:

  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management
  • Health Promotion

Competencies and admissions information for each specialization follow:

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Environmental Health

Introduction

The specialization in environmental health for the Ph.D. in public health sciences is designed to provide scholars with the tools to conduct in-depth research and provide advanced instruction in the discipline of environmental health at the college and university level. It also prepares researchers for governmental, private, and voluntary organizations involved in environmental protection and the prevention of disease and injury. In addition to understanding advanced concepts of environmental health, industrial hygiene, and toxicology, graduates of this specialization are expected to develop skills that enable them to identify and define questions of environmental and occupational health importance, design research studies to address these questions, and to complete a program of research that demonstrates abilities as an independent investigator.

Competencies

To graduate, a student in the Ph.D. specialization in environmental health must demonstrate the following competencies:

Competency

Demonstrated by

In depth knowledge of the history of environmental health.

  • Passing qualifying examination
  • Successful completion and defense of dissertation

Mastery of experimental study designs and the ability to identify optimal designs for specific hypotheses.

 

 

 

 

  • Successful development, conduct, completion, and defense of the dissertation

Ability to critically evaluate published environmental health research.

Expertise in one or more environmental health specialty such as risk assessment, environmental management, environmental and occupational toxicology.

Practical knowledge of issues in research management including:

  • Formation and leadership of multidisciplinary teams.
  • Staffing, budgeting, tracking.
  • Subject recruitment and retention.
  • Data quality control and data safety management.
  • Funding mechanisms and grantsmanship.
  • Research ethics and regulations.

Professional quality peer-review, oral and poster presentation, report, grant, and manuscript writing.

Mentoring of junior peers.

• Successful completion of assignments to work with master’s students on their research, theses, presentations, and posters

Admission

An applicant who has satisfactorily completed an appropriate M.S. degree or MPH with a concentration in environmental health is eligible for admission to the Ph.D. specialization in environmental health. An applicant with an advanced degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.O.) may also be accepted pending evaluation of appropriate training, experience, or coursework. The previous graduate work by such an applicant is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant, if admitted, may be required to take additional course work prior to completing the minimum 38 credit hours required for post-master’s doctoral work.

The following are additionally required for admission:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate GPA > 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Minimum GRE > 500 Verbal; > 600 Quantitative
  • If applicable, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score > 60th percentile

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Epidemiology

Introduction

The specialization in epidemiology in the Ph.D. program in public health sciences is designed to develop academic researchers in population-based epidemiology.

Competencies

To graduate, students in the Ph.D. specialization in epidemiology must demonstrate the following competencies in addition to those for the M.S. degree:

  • In depth knowledge of the history and philosophy of epidemiology
  • Mastery of experimental and observational study designs and the ability to identify optimal designs for specific hypotheses
  • Ability to develop and apply:
      • Questionnaires
      • Biomarkers for health status, exposure and susceptibility
  • Mastery of multivariable analytic methods for evaluating risk and prognosis
  • Ability to critically evaluate the published epidemiologic research
  • Expertise in one or more epidemiologic specialty such as nutritional, molecular, clinical, genetic, cancer, or chronic disease epidemiology
  • Practical knowledge of issues in research management including:
      • Formation and leadership of multidisciplinary teams
      • Staffing, budgeting, tracking
      • Subject recruitment and retention
      • Data quality control and data safety management
      • Funding mechanisms and grantsmanship
      • Research ethics and regulations
  • Professional quality peer-review, oral and poster presentation, report, grant, and manuscript writing
  • Mentoring of junior peers
  • Development, conduct, completion and defense of a dissertation on an original research project

Competencies are demonstrated by passage of the proficiency and candidacy examinations, by successful mentoring of master’s students or doctoral students not yet in candidacy, and by successful completion and defense of the dissertation.

Admission

Students who have satisfactorily completed the M.S. degree in epidemiology are eligible for the Ph.D. specialization in epidemiology. Students with a master’s degree in a related discipline or an advanced degree (for example, M.D., Ph.D., D.O.) may be accepted also pending evaluation of appropriate training, experience, and coursework. Previous coursework in mathematics and/or statistics and biological or health sciences (for example, biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology) is strongly recommended. Students completing the M.Sc. in clinical investigation sciences or MPH with an epidemiology specialization may be required to complete additional coursework to be accepted into the epidemiology Ph.D. specialization.

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Management

Introduction

The specialization in health management is designed to prepare graduates for careers as researchers, teachers and practitioners, involved in the efforts to protect and promote the health and well-being of communities and populations. It provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to attain academic positions involving scholarly research and instruction in the disciplines of public health management and key policy and management positions in governmental as well as private and voluntary organizations. In addition to an in depth understanding of the infrastructure and context of public health management, graduates of this specialization are expected to be able to identify issues and questions of importance with regard to the management of the resources of public health and to design and carry out a program of research designed to address these issues and questions. Graduates should be able to demonstrate abilities as an independent investigator as well as a team collaborator.

Competencies

To graduate, a student in the Ph.D. specialization in health management must demonstrate the following competencies:

1) In depth knowledge of the history of public health management
2) Mastery of experimental research study designs, including qualitative as well as quantitative, and the ability to identify optimal designs for specific hypotheses.
3) Ability to critically evaluate published research related to health management.
4) Expertise in one or more health management specialties such as information systems, planning and evaluation, human resource management, health policy analysis, development and implementation, budgeting and financial management, health economics, system dynamics, network science and social network analysis.
5) Practical knowledge of issues in research management including:

a) Formation and leadership of multidisciplinary teams.
b) Staffing, budgeting, tracking.
c) Data quality control and data safety management.
d) Funding mechanisms and grantsmanship.
e) Research ethics and regulations.

6) Professional quality peer-review, oral and poster presentation, report, grant, and manuscript writing.
7) Mentoring of junior peers.

Demonstration of Competency 1 is achieved by passing the doctoral qualifying examination and by successful completion and defense of the dissertation. Demonstration of Competencies 2 through 6, inclusive, is achieved by successful development, conduct, completion, and defense of the dissertation. Demonstration of Competency 7 is achieved by successful completion of assignments to work with master’s students on the latter’s research, theses, presentations, and posters.

Admission

An applicant who has satisfactorily completed a master of public health degree, or another relevant master degree or a health professional degree is considered for admission to the health management specialization. Applicants already holding an advanced degree are evaluated on the basis of appropriateness of previous coursework, training and experience. The graduate work by such applicants is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant, if admitted, may be required to take additional course work prior to completing the minimum 48 credit hours required for post-master’s doctoral work.

The minimum required documentation for full admission must include:

  • Official transcript for each degree
  • Official GRE score
    • If applicant has no degree from accredited US institution, then only the GRE is acceptable
    • Requirement is waived if applicant has doctoral degree.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who have direct knowledge and experience with the applicant’s academic or professional work experience.
  • Official TOEFL score if applicant’s native language is not English and applicant has no degree from accredited U.S. institution.
  • Foreign credential evaluation for each degree not from an accredited U.S. institution

The following are recommended criteria for admission:

  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA each ≥ 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • GRE performance in 50th percentile or above for verbal and quantitative scores (Comparable scores on the MCAT or DAT are considered.)

If applicable, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score in 60th percentile or above

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Promotion

Introduction

The PhD in Public Health Sciences, Specialization in Health Promotion degree program at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers in higher education, upper level management positions in government and private nonprofit health agencies, and research positions with universities, government agencies and in the private sector. In addition to gaining a solid foundation in the theories and concepts of the discipline, students also achieve competency as independent researchers.

Areas of research for faculty include emergency and disaster response and preparedness, health decision and risk analysis, infection prevention, preventive medicine, cognitive and social influences of health-related decision making on health outcomes, and policy and program evaluation.

Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.

Competencies

The successful student is able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of behavioral and cognitive sciences related to public health education and promotion.
  • Expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating theory-driven health promotion interventions in a variety of community and clinical settings.
  • Research, evaluation, scholarship and leadership skills that may be applied in higher education, government, and community health agencies.

It is expected that prior to graduation, students in the program have demonstrated these competencies by completing the curriculum, passing the qualifying exam, successfully defending the dissertation, participating in collaborative research and service projects with public health agencies, and serving as an instructor and mentor for master’s level and beginning doctoral students.

Competency in the basic principles and application of epidemiology is a requirement for all students in the School. If a student has not had sufficient exposure to epidemiology prior to matriculation, he or she is required to take a course in epidemiology as part of the program of study.

Admission

Applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and, in most cases, should have completed a master’s or other graduate degree related to the theme of the doctoral program. Applicants who have a master’s degree in a different discipline may be admitted with the stipulation that they complete foundation course work during their enrollment for the doctoral degree. This coursework is in addition to the outlined curriculum, and is negotiated with the student’s academic advisor on a case-by-case basis.

The formal application, curriculum vitae, personal statement, application fee, at least two letters of recommendation, official transcripts of all college work, and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be submitted to the Graduate School Office of Admissions (SIGS) at http://louisville.edu/graduate. The personal statement should be a one-two page essay which discusses the student’s background in health promotion, why the student is attracted to the field, and how the degree helps the student reach his or her career goals. Students should score above the 50 percentile on the GRE. In addition, prior work experience relevant to the health promotion discipline is also considered as a factor in acceptance into the program. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores and a foreign credential evaluation of their transcripts. These are required no later than thirty days before the first day of classes of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.

For specific information about the degree or the application process, students should contact the Director of the PhD Program, Dr. Muriel Harris, at muriel.harris@louisville.edu or 502-852-4061, or the Department Chair, Dr. Richard Wilson, at richard.wilson@louisville.edu or 502-852-3443.

Curriculum

Curricular requirements for each PhD Specialization follow:

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Environmental Health

Faculty Advisor

Upon admission to the Ph.D. specialization, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who works with the student to develop a program of study. The program of study recognizes core elements of environmental health as well as its breadth and multidisciplinary nature. At the Ph.D. level, this requires the selection of courses directly relevant to environmental health, such as biostatistics, epidemiology, molecular genetics, behavioral science, health policy/management, systems sciences, or other relevant areas of study.

Program of Study

Each doctoral student, in consultation with his or her academic advisor and the department chair, plans a program of study that uniquely fits the student’s career goals. The design of a doctoral program of study that reflects each student’s professional skills and research interest is the primary organizing principle of the proposed program.

Degree Requirements

The emphasis in doctoral training goes beyond accumulating course credit. Completion of the coursework is the prelude to sitting for the qualifying examination. Successful passage of the qualifying examination allows the student to enter doctoral candidacy. A doctoral candidate must then successfully develop and defend a dissertation proposal that describes an original and independent research project. Upon successful defense of the proposal, a student may then proceed to dissertation research. Upon successful completion of the research, defense of the dissertation, and demonstration of the required competencies listed below, a student is awarded the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. specialization in environmental health is designed as a 38 credit hour program (minimum beyond a master’s degree) including the dissertation. Additional hours may be needed for completion of the specialization program.

Coursework

38 total credit hours

26 credit hours of required coursework
3 credit hours of environmental health seminars
9 credit hours of elective courses

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

BIOC-645

Advanced Biochemistry I

4

BIOC-647

Advanced Biochemistry II

4

BIOC-668

Molecular Biology

4

PHEH-750

Seminar 1 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

PHEH-751

Seminar 2 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

PHEH-752

Seminar 3 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

PHEP-602

Epidemiological Methods

3

PHEP-620

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

3

PHST-620

Introduction to Statistical Computing

3

PHST-680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHTX-625

Scientific Writing

2

 

Elective courses

9

Degree Total

38

PHEH-750, -751, -752 Seminars in Environmental and Occupational Health

A student in the Ph.D. specialization in environmental health is required to complete the three seminars in environmental and occupational health (PHEH-750, -751, and -752) for a total of 3 credit hours. These group courses are jointly taught by the faculty of the department and are designed to provide a collegial experience that provides an opportunity to integrate learning from other courses, discuss hot topics, brain-storm about research ideas, and acquire professional skills in scientific manuscript and grant writing, oral and poster presentations, grantsmanship, and peer review.

Electives

As a part of the approved program of study, nine credit hours of elective coursework is identified. Courses directly relevant to environmental health are preferred, including, but not limited to, biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, medical geography, molecular or population genetics, toxicology, microbiology, health services research, outcomes research, and health promotion and behavior. Courses may be selected from those offered within the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, other departments within the university, or from sources outside the university with permission and acceptance of credit by the program and dean.

Because the needs vary by research topic for which specific research methods and statistics skills, requirements in these area are difficult to define explicitly for all students. The student’s program of study utilizes electives to provide the student with the courses needed in his or her particular case.

A student may petition to take courses not on this list with approval of the instructor and the chair of the department. The student must provide a written rationale for the choices of elective coursework in his or her program of study.

Approved Electives

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHEH-753

Independent Study in Environmental and Occupational Health

1-3

PHST-650

Advanced Topics in Biostatistics

3

PHST-680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHST-681

Biostatistical Methods II

3

PHPB-650

Advanced Topics in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

3

PHMS-650

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences

3

GEOG-657

Geographic Information Systems

3

GEOG-656

Spatial Statistics

3

PHTX-601

Principles of Medical Pharmacology

3

PHTX-630

Toxicology: Principles and Application

3

PHTX-618

Topics in Pharmacology & Toxicology

3

PHTX-607

Seminar in Genetics and Molecular Medicine

3

BIOC-611

Biochemical and Molecular Methods

3

BIOC-640

Principles of Biochemistry

3

BIOC-670

Protein Structure and Function

3

BIOC-660

Molecular Endocrinology

3

BIOC-641

Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics

3

BIOC-668

Molecular Biology

3

BIOC-675

Cancer Biology

3

BIOL-522

Aquatic Ecology

3

BIOL-563

Population and Community Ecology

3

BIOL-562

Ecosystem Ecology

3

BIOL-584

Interdisciplinary Frameworks in Environmental Science and Technology

3

BIOL-608

Ecological Instrumentation

3

BIOL-660

Advanced Ecology of Urban and Suburban Landscapes

3

BIOL-657

Advanced Industrial and Food Microbiology

3

CEE-509

Environmental Processes and Systems

3

CEE-534

Industrial Waste Management

3

CEE-535

Solid Waste Management

3

CEE-574

Water and Wastewater Treatment

3

CEE-581

Environmental Impact Analysis

3

CEE-674

Water Resources Systems

3

CEE-675

Surface Water Quality Modeling

3

CHE-509

Environmental Processes and Systems

3

CHE-533

Chemical Engineering Safety and Health

3

CHE-534

Industrial Waste Management

3

CHE-535

Pollution Prevention

3

EXP-600

Physiology of Exercise

3

EXP-605

Human Physiology

3

GEOG-522

GIS and Public Health

3

GEOG-531

GIS and Urban Demographic Analysis

3

GEOG-561

Urban Environmental Quality

3

GEOS-564

Hydrology

3

GEOS-565

Natural Hazards

3

MBIO-601

Molecular Microbiology (Introductory to Infectious Diseases)

3

MBIO-602

Introduction to Immunology

3

MBIO-670

Molecular Virology

3

MBIO-685

Microbial Physiology

3

MBIO-687

Microbial Pathogenesis

3

MBIO-618

Topics in Advanced Microbiology

3

MBIO-680

Genetics of Infectious Diseases

3

MBIO-667

Cell Biology

3

PHZB-605

Systemic Physiology I

3

PHZB-611

Advanced Human Physiology

3

IE-530

Industrial Safety Engineering

3

UPA-678

Land Use and Planning Law

3

UPA-679

Environmental Policy

3

UPA-687

Environmental Policy and Natural Hazards

3

Qualifying Examination

Upon completion of the majority of the required coursework for the Ph.D., the student is eligible to sit for the doctoral qualifying examination. The timing and eligibility for the qualifying examination is determined by the student’s faculty advisor and department chair. Successful completion of the examination admits the student to doctoral candidacy. A student who does not successfully complete the exam may be required to take additional or remedial coursework and is allowed one opportunity to retake the exam.

Dissertation

A dissertation is required of a candidate for the degree of doctor of philosophy in public health sciences with a specialization in environmental health. It is to be a scholarly achievement in research, and should demonstrate a thorough understanding of research techniques in environmental health and the ability to conduct independent research.

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation shall be read by a reading committee, chaired by the student’s faculty advisor, and appointed by the dean upon the advice of the chair of the department. This committee shall consist of four members, and must include one representative of an allied department. The dissertation must be approved by the committee and the chair of the department.

Dissertation Proposal

A student who successfully completes the qualifying exam must submit a written dissertation proposal to all members of the dissertation committee. The student is then orally examined on the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Preparation

The dissertation is to be prepared in format and binding according to the guidelines established by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS), available at https://louisville.edu/graduate/current-students/thesis-dissertation-information.

Dissertation Approval

The dissertation is to be submitted in completed form to the chair of the department at least thirty days before the end of the tem in which the candidate expects to be graduated, and the candidate is not eligible for final examination until the dissertation has been accepted by the committee and chair.

The dissertation committee schedules an oral defense by the candidate and notifies SIGS using the form available at https://louisville.edu/graduate/current-students/thesis-dissertation-information. The time and place for the defense is published by SIGS to the general academic community, members of which are free to attend the defense. The dissertation is approved by a majority vote of the committee and the concurrence of the department chair.

Dissertation Distribution

One unbound copy of the dissertation, signed by the dissertation committee, must be deposited with the SIGS prior to graduation.

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Epidemiology

Faculty Advisor

Upon admission to the specialization, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who works with the student to develop a program of study.

Program of Study

The program of study recognizes core elements of modern epidemiology as well as its breadth and multidisciplinary nature. This requires the selection of a minor field of specialization, such as biostatistics, environmental science, molecular genetics, behavioral science, health management and systems sciences, clinical research, or another relevant area of study, and the completion of at least 6 credit-hours of coursework in this field.

Degree Requirements

The emphasis in doctoral training goes beyond accumulating course credit. The coursework is organized into two blocks of 24 credit-hours each. Completion of the first block of coursework is prerequisite for sitting for the proficiency examination. After passing the proficiency examination, the student can proceed with the second block of coursework. Successful completion of the second block is prerequisite to sitting for the candidacy examination. After passing the candidacy examination, the student is admitted to doctoral candidacy. A doctoral candidate must then successfully develop and defend a dissertation proposal that describes an original and independent research project. Upon successful defense of the proposal, the student may then proceed to dissertation research. Upon successful completion of the research, oral defense of the dissertation, and demonstration of the required competencies listed above, the student is awarded the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. specialization in epidemiology is designed to consist of 50 credit-hours of coursework over a minimum of two years plus one to four years for completion of the dissertation. The coursework outlined below represents an ideal sequence for a full-time student. A part-time student may need to deviate from this sequence. As part of the first block, a student is expected to complete required courses in basic and advanced epidemiologic methods that cover core areas including study design, research management, and statistical analysis; the survey course in disease biology and pathophysiology; and a minimum of 6 credit-hours of epidemiology seminars. The student must pass the proficiency examination before proceeding to minor electives and individual studies in the second block, which must include an additional 3 credit-hours of epidemiology seminars. Exceptions may be granted upon approval by the student’s advisor and the department chair.

Coursework

50 total credit hours (beyond admission requirements) consisting of the following:

11 credit-hours of required courses
9 credit-hours of seminars in epidemiology
18-21 credit hours of epidemiology and biostatistics electives
6 credit hours of minor electives (outside of epidemiology)
3-6 credit-hours of mentored readings and research in epidemiology

Required Coursework

Semester

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Block 1

Fall I

PHEP-618

-OR-

PHEP-xxx

Epidemiologic Methods II

-OR if already taken -

Epidemiology elective

3

PHEP-648

Data Management and Analysis for Epidemiology I B1

1

PHEP-622

Population Pathology B1

3

PHEP-xxx

-OR-

PHST-xxx

Epidemiology elective

-OR-

Biostatistics elective

3

PHEP-750

Seminars in Epidemiology B1

3

Semester total

13

Spring I

PHEP-701

Advanced Epidemiologic Methods B1

3

PHEP-649

Data Management and Analysis for Epidemiology II B1

1

PHEP-702

Epidemiologic Research Management B1

3

PHEP-xxx

-OR-

PHST-xxx

Epidemiology elective

-OR-

Biostatistics elective

3

PHEP-750

Seminars in Epidemiology B1

3

Semester total

13

Block 1 total

26

 

Required Coursework

Semester

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Block 2

Fall II

PHEP-xxx

Epidemiology elective

3

PHEP-xxx

-OR-

various

Epidemiology elective

-OR-

Minor elective

3

various

Minor elective

3

PHEP-750

Seminars in Epidemiology B2

3

 

Semester total

12

Spring II

PHEP-xxx

Epidemiology elective

3

Two of:

PHEP-xxx

various

PHEP-778

Two of:

Epidemiology elective

Minor Elective

Readings and Research in Epidemiology

6

(3 each)

PHEP-778

Readings and Research in Epidemiology B2

3

 

Semester total

12

Block 2 Total

24

Degree Total

50

Key: B1 = required in Block 1

B2 = required in Block 2

Minor Elective Requirement

As a part of the approved program of study, the student is required to complete 6 credit-hours of coursework in a minor field of specialization. Areas directly relevant to the science of epidemiology are preferred, including, but not limited to, biostatistics, bioinformatics, medical geography, molecular or population genetics, environmental health, toxicology, microbiology, health management, health promotion and behavioral science, and clinical research. These courses may be selected from ones offered within the school, other departments within the university, or from sources outside the university with permission and acceptance of credit by the school and university.

Minor courses should be chosen by the student in consultation with his or her advisor and the respective course directors. Students may petition to take courses not on this list with approval of the instructor, program director, and the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. The student must provide a written rationale for the choice of minor coursework in the program of study. The following is a partial list of approved minor courses. Some courses may have prerequisites, and the student is expected to either meet these or obtain permission from the instructor before registering.

Approved Electives for Minor Requirement

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

BIOC-641

Advanced Eukaryotic Genetics

3

BIOC-660

Molecular Endocrinology

3

BIOC 661

Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology (cross-listed as PHTX-661)

3

BIOC-668

Molecular Biology

3

BIOC-675

Cancer Biology

3

EXP-600

Physiology of Exercise

3

EXP-605

Human Physiology

3

GEOG-656

Spatial Statistics

3

GEOG-657

Geographic Information Systems

3

MBIO-687

Microbial Pathogenesis

3

MBIO-618

Topics in Advanced Microbiology

3

MBIO-680

Genetics of Infectious Diseases

3

NURS-670

Cancer Epidemiology and Pathophysiology

3

PHCI-602

Health Services and Outcomes Research

2

PHCI-610

New Drug and Device Development

2

PHCI-624

Clinical Trials I: Planning and Design

2

PHCI-625

Clinical Trials II

2

PHCI-632

Ethical Conduct of Healthcare Research

2

PHCI-650

Medical Decision Analysis

2

PHEH-650

Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health

3

PHMS-650

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Science

3

PHPB-650

Advanced Topics in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

1-3

PHST-650

Advanced Topics in Biostatistics

3

PHST-680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHST-681

Biostatistical Methods II

3

PHST-661

Probability

3

PHST-662

Mathematical Statistics

3

PHST-683

Survival Analysis

3

PHST-682

Multivariate Analysis

3

PHST-684

Categorical Data Analysis

3

PHST-750

Statistics for Bioinformatics

3

PHST-751

High-throughput Data Analysis

3

PHST-785

Nonlinear Regression

3

PHTX-607

Seminar in Genetics and Molecular Medicine

3

PHTX-618

Topics in Pharmacology & Toxicology

3

PHTX-630

Toxicology: Principles and Application

3

PHTX-661

Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicology (cross-listed as BIOC 661)

3

PHZB-605

Systemic Physiology I

3

PHZB-611

Advanced Human Physiology

3

Proficiency Examination

Upon successful completion of the first block of required coursework, the student is eligible to sit for the written proficiency examination, which is administered by a committee of departmental faculty appointed by the chair. The timing of the proficiency examination is determined by the student’s faculty advisor and the department chair. The subject matter includes basic knowledge of disease biology and pathophysiology; theory and skills in epidemiologic research methods, including study design and management; and quantitative analytic methods. A student who does not successfully pass the proficiency examination is allowed a second opportunity to pass the exam. Failing the proficiency examination the second time results in dismissal from the program.

Candidacy Examination

After passing the proficiency examination and upon completion of the second block of coursework, the student is eligible to sit for the written and oral candidacy examination, which is administered by a committee appointed by the department chair and composed of graduate faculty. The subject matter includes knowledge of advanced epidemiologic methods; specialized knowledge pertaining to the minor field of specialization; disease biology and pathophysiology, which may be tailored to the student’s special area of interest; and knowledge of the research process. Successful passage of the candidacy examination admits the student to doctoral candidacy. A student who does not successfully pass the candidacy examination may be required to take additional or remedial coursework and is allowed a second opportunity to pass the exam. Failing the candidacy examination the second time results in dismissal from the program.

Dissertation

A dissertation is required of every candidate for the degree of doctor of philosophy in public health sciences with a specialization in epidemiology. The dissertation is a scholarly achievement in research and presents an original contribution to knowledge and should demonstrate a thorough understanding of research techniques in epidemiology and the ability to conduct independent research. The following sections summarize the basic requirements for the dissertation committee, dissertation proposal, and defense. Additional details are available in the department’s document “Student Advising, Thesis and Dissertation Committees.”

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation is read by a dissertation committee, chaired by the student’s faculty advisor and appointed by the dean of the school on the recommendation of the program director and chair of the department. The committee consists of at least four members and must include one representative of an allied department. The dissertation must be approved by the committee and the chair of the department.

Dissertation Proposal

After successful completion of the qualifying examination, a doctoral candidate must submit a written dissertation proposal to the members of the dissertation committee. The candidate is then orally examined on the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Preparation

The dissertation is prepared with the format and binding according to the guidelines of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Approval

The dissertation is submitted in completed form to the chair of the department at least thirty days before the end of the term in which the candidate expects to be graduated, and the candidate is not eligible for final examination until the dissertation has been received by the committee and chair.

The dissertation committee schedules an oral defense by the candidate. The time and place for the defense is published to the general academic community, members of which are free to attend the defense. The dissertation is approved by a majority vote of the committee and the concurrence of the department chair.

Dissertation Distribution

One unbound copy of the dissertation, signed by the dissertation committee, must be deposited with the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies before graduation.

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Management

Each doctoral student, in consultation with his or her academic advisor, program director, and department chair, plans a course of study that uniquely fits the student’s career goals. The design of a doctoral program of study that reflects each student’s professional skills and research interest is the primary organizing principle of the proposed program.

The emphasis in doctoral training goes beyond accumulating course credit. Completion of the coursework is the prelude to sitting for the qualifying examination. Successful passage of this qualifying examination allows the student to enter candidacy. A doctoral candidate must then successfully develop and defend a dissertation proposal that describes an original and independent research project. Upon successful defense of the proposal, a student then proceeds to dissertation research. Upon successful completion of the research, defense of the dissertation, and demonstration of the required competencies listed below, a student is awarded the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. specialization in health management is designed as a 48 credit-hour program (minimum beyond a master’s degree) and the dissertation. Depending on the student’s previous educational experience, additional hours may be needed for completion of the specialization program.

Faculty Advisor

Upon admission to the Ph.D. specialization, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who works with the student to develop a program of study.

Program of Study

The program of study incorporates a foundation of core courses intricate to health management as well as addresses its multidisciplinary nature. At the Ph.D. level, this requires the selection of courses directly relevant to health management, such as organizational theory, management and administrative processes, health policy, leadership, systems and network sciences, and another area of study related to providing in depth knowledge related to effectively managing the resources necessary to carrying out the mission of protecting and improving public health. The importance of understanding the contributions of the emerging field of complexity and network sciences, as it relates to public health management, is a focal point of emphasis within the Ph.D. specialization.

The student works with his or her faculty advisor to develop a specific program of study for the student’s coursework based on the required coursework and approved electives (see Coursework, below). The student’s individualized program of study must be approved by the student, faculty advisor, program director, and department chair.

Degree Requirements

The emphasis in doctoral training goes beyond accumulating course credit. Completion of the coursework is the prelude to sitting for the qualifying examination. Successful passage of the qualifying examination allows the student to enter doctoral candidacy. A doctoral candidate must then successfully develop and defend a dissertation proposal that describes an original and independent research project. Upon successful defense of the proposal, a student may then proceed to dissertation research. Upon successful completion of the research, defense of the dissertation, and demonstration of the required competencies listed below, a student is awarded the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. specialization in health management is designed as a 48 credit-hour program (minimum beyond a master’s degree) and the dissertation. Additional hours may be needed for completion of the specialization program.

Coursework

48 total credit hours

30 credit hours of required coursework
15 credit hours of elective coursework
3 credit hours of public health management seminars

Some required or elective courses may require additional credit hours in prerequisite courses not already taken by the student. The specific coursework for a student is established with the student’s individualized program of study (see Program of Study, above).

Required Coursework

Area

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Core Areas (33 credit hours minimum) Courses offered by SPHIS are preferred whenever possible.

Health Management Context

(6 credit hours minimum)

PHMS-615

Introduction to Health Systems

3

PHMS-650-04

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Evolutionary Forces in Public Health

3

PHMS-607

Managing Healthy Communities

3

Organizational Theory, Dynamics, Behavior, and Leadership

(6 credit hours)

PHMS-605

Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations

3

PADM-600

Public Administration and Organizational Theory

3

Health Policy

(6 credit hours)

PHMS-603

Legal and Bioethical Aspects of Public Health

3

PHMS-650-05

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Policy and Analysis

3

Management and Administrative Processes

(6 credit hours minimum)

PHMS-650-03

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Finance and Financial Management

3

PADM-642

Human Resources Management

3

PADM-604

Public Budgeting and Finance

3

Research Methods

(9 credit hours minimum)

PHST-680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHST-681

Biostatistical Methods II

3

PHEP-618

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

PHMS-702

Methods in Health Services and Outcomes Research

3

PHST-710

Advanced Statistical Computing I

3

SOC-618

Qualitative Field Research Methods

3

Seminars (3 credit hours)

(required)

PHMS-751

Seminar 1 in Public Health Management

1

PHMS-752

Seminar 2 in Public Health Management

1

PHMS-753

Seminar 3 in Public Health Management

1

Capstone(6 credit hours)

(required)

PHMS-650-07

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Policy and Management

3

PHMS-650-06

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Processes and Systems

3

Seminars in Public Health Management

A student in the Ph.D. specialization in health management is required to complete at least three credit hours of seminars in Public Health Management (PHMS-751, -752, -753). These group courses are jointly taught by the faculty of the department and are designed to provide a collegial experience that provides an opportunity to integrate learning from other courses, discuss hot topics, brain-storm about research ideas, and acquire professional skills in scientific manuscript and grant writing, oral and poster presentations, grantsmanship, and peer review.

Electives

As a part of the approved program of study, a student is able to select fifteen credit hours of elective coursework. Courses directly relevant to health management are preferred including, but not limited to, biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, medical geography, molecular or population genetics, toxicology, microbiology, health services research, outcomes research, health knowledge and behavior. Courses may be selected from those offered within the school, other schools or colleges within the university, or from sources outside the university with permission and acceptance of credit by the school and university.

A student may petition to take courses not on this list with approval of the course instructor, the student’s advisor, program director, and chair of the department. The student must provide a written rationale for the choices of elective coursework in his or her program of study.

Approved Electives

Course #

Course Title

CreditHours

Recommended Electives

PHMS-618

Introduction to Public Health Informatics

3

PHMS-655

Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling in Public Health

3

PHMS-702

Methods in Health Services and Outcomes Research

3

PHMS-761

Public Health and the Built Environment

3

PHST-705

Statistical Methods for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

3

PHPH-630

Geographic Information Systems in Public Health

3

School of Public Health and Information Sciences

Health Management and Systems Sciences

PHMS-603

Legal and Bioethical Aspects of Public Health

3

PHMS-605

Governance and Management of Healthcare Organizations

3

PHMS-607

Managing Healthy Communities

3

PHMS-615

Introduction to Health Systems

3

PHMS-618

Public Health Informatics

3

PHMS-650-03

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Finance and Financial Management

3

PHMS-650-04

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Evolutionary Forces in Public Health

3

PHMS-650-05

Advanced Topics in Health Management and Systems Sciences: Health Policy and Analysis

3

PHMS-655

Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling in Public Health

3

PHMS-702

Methods in Health Services and Outcomes Research

3

PHMS-761

Public Health and the Built Environment

3

Epidemiology and Population Health

PHEP-501

Introduction to Epidemiology

3

PHEP-604

PHEP-605

Epidemiology of Acute and Infectious Diseases

Research in Infectious Disease (Laboratory for PHEP-604)

2

1

PHEP-606

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

3

PHEP-611

Nutritional Epidemiology

3

PHEP-612

Epidemiology and Bioterrorism

3

PHEP-613

Epidemiology of Aging

3

PHEP-615

Epidemiology of Maternal and Child Health

3

PHEP-616

Disease Surveillance and Health Statistics

3

PHEP-617

Field Epidemiology

3

PHEP-618

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

PHEP-619

Biology of Disease in Populations

3

Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

PHST-500

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

PHST-601

Introduction to Medical Decision Analysis

3

PHST-610

Statistical Computing and Data Management for Public Health

3

PHST-620

Introduction to Statistical Computing

3

PHST-640

Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Studies

3

PHST-663

Decision Analysis

3

PHST-680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHST-681

Biostatistical Methods II

3

PHST-690

Utility Theory and Assessment

3

PHST-701

Advanced Medical Decision Making

3

PHST-705

Statistical Methods for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

3

PHST-710

Advanced Statistical Computing I

3

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

PHEH-500

Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences

3

PHEH-610

Occupational Health and Safety

3

PHEH-620

Global Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health

3

Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

PHPB-501

Introduction to Health Behavior

3

PHPB-604

Health Decision and Risk Analysis

3

PHPB-608

Public Health Program Evaluation

3

PHPB-612

Health Communication Campaigns

3

Public Health

PHPH-614

Critical Thinking and Program Evaluation

3

College of Business

ACCT-615

Advanced Financial and Governmental Accounting

3

MBA-625

Managerial Accounting

3

MBA-635

Managerial Finance

3

MBA-645

Leadership and Ethics

3

MBA-655

Strategic Management

3

College of Arts and Sciences

PADM-600

Public Administration and Organizational Theory

3

PADM-601

Statistics for Public Affairs

3

PADM-604

Public Budgeting and Finance

3

PADM-604

Public Budgeting and Finance

3

PADM-605

Strategic Management and Planning

3

PADM-606

Public Policy

3

PADM-607

Planning Theory

3

PADM-608

e-Government

3

PADM-610

Administrative Law and Process

3

PADM-611

Financial Management for Public Administration

3

PADM-620

Intergovernmental Relations

3

PADM-630

Environmental Policy and Natural Hazards

3

PADM-642

Human Resources Management

3

PLAN-611

Human Resources Management

3

PLAN-612

Mediation and Dispute Resolutions

3

SOC-618

Qualitative Field Research Methods

3

Qualifying Examination

Upon completion of the required coursework for the Ph.D., the student is eligible to sit for the qualifying examination. The components of the qualifying exam focus on the subject matter drawn from foundation courses, the student-selected minor area of study, as well as research methods and problem analysis. The timing and eligibility for the qualifying exams are determined by the student’s faculty advisor, program director, and department chair. Successful completion of the exam admits the student to doctoral candidacy. A student who does not successfully complete the exam may be required to take additional or remedial coursework and is allowed one opportunity to retake the exam.

Dissertation

A dissertation is required of a candidate for the degree of doctor of philosophy in public health sciences with a specialization in health management. It is to be a scholarly achievement in research, and should demonstrate a thorough understanding of research techniques in health management and the ability to conduct independent research.

Dissertation Committee

The dissertation shall be read by a reading committee, chaired by the student’s faculty advisor, and appointed by the dean of the school upon the advice of the program director and chair of the department. This committee shall consist of at least four members and must include one representative of an allied department. The dissertation must be approved by the committee and the chair of the department.

Dissertation Proposal

A candidate must submit a written dissertation proposal to all members of the dissertation committee. The candidate is then orally examined on the dissertation proposal.

Dissertation Preparation

The dissertation is to be prepared in format and binding according to the guidelines of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Approval

The dissertation is to be submitted in completed form to the chair of the department at least thirty days before the end of the term in which the candidate expects to be graduated, and the candidate is not eligible for final examination until the dissertation has been accepted by the committee and chair.

The dissertation committee schedules an oral defense by the candidate. The time and place for the defense is published to the general academic community, members of which are free to attend the defense. The dissertation is approved by a majority vote of the committee and the concurrence of the department chair.

Dissertation Distribution

One unbound copy of the dissertation, signed by dissertation committee, must be deposited with the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies before graduation.

PhD in Public Health Sciences Specialization in Health Promotion

The typical progression through the health promotion curriculum is:

  • Program of Study (year 1)
  • Required and elective coursework of 48 credit-hours (years 1 and 2)
  • Qualifying examination (year 2)
  • Candidacy
  • Dissertation research and preparation (within 4 years of entering candidacy)
  • Oral examination / dissertation defense

Faculty Advisor

The Director of the PhD program will assign advisors for each doctoral student. Upon matriculation in the program, each student will meet with his or her assigned advisor and develop a program of study, which will include courses in public health theory and principles, research design and statistics as well as selected cognate courses. The program of study will identify a set of courses for the development of competencies in areas of public health knowledge that are relevant to the student’s area of interest. The program of study may be modified as the student’s needs change or course availability is altered.

Program of Study

Upon matriculation in the program, each student meets with his or her assigned advisor and develops a program of study that includes courses in research design and statistics as well as selected cognate courses. The program of study may be modified as the student’s needs change or course availability is altered.

If a student has not had sufficient exposure to epidemiology prior to matriculation, he or she is required to take a course in epidemiology as part of the program of study. In addition the program of study includes development of competencies in other areas of public health knowledge that are relevant to the student’s area of interest.

Degree Requirements

Coursework

Students with a master of public health (MPH) and those with master’s degrees from other disciplines may be admitted to the PhD program. For those students entering from other disciplines, leveling courses will be required. The leveling courses include the MPH core courses, and they must be completed prior to beginning courses in the student’s PhD degree plan.

The PhD curriculum consists of a minimum of 48 hours of course credit, at least one semester of teaching, and a dissertation. The degree plan consists of the following:

Foundational Requirements (15-18 hours)

Epidemiological Methods (3 hours)
Theory, Approaches, Planning, & Interventions (6-9 hours)
Advanced Evaluation (3 hours)
Policy & Politics (3 hours)

Methods & Statistical Analysis (18-24 hours)

Advanced Biostatistics (3 hours)
Measurement (3 hours)
Quantitative Research Methods (3-9 credit hours)
Qualitative Research Methods (3-9 credit hours)

Teaching (3 hours)

Cognate Area of Study (12-15 hours)
To be determined with faculty advisor

Dissertation

FOUNDATIONAL REQUIREMENTS [15-18 hours]

Course

Title-Description

Credit Hours

Epidemiological Methods

PHEP 602

-OR-

PHEP 618

Epidemiologic Methods

-OR-

Epidemiologic Methods II

3

Theory/Applied Theory/Approaches/Planning/Interventions

PHPB 701

Theoretical Basis of Health Promotion

3

PHPB 704

Psycho-Social Foundations of Health Decision Making

3

PHPB 705

Community Organization and Health Policy Advocacy

3

HSS 669

Administering Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

3

Advanced Evaluation

PHPB 615

Advanced Program Evaluation

3

Policy & Politics

PHPB 704

Health Care Policy and Politics

3

METHODS & STATISTICAL ANALYSIS [18-24 hours]

Course

Title-Description

Credit Hours

Advanced Biostatistics (3 credit hours)

PHST 630

Applied Statistical Methods

3

PSYC 610

Advanced Statistics I

3

SOC 609

Seminar in Statistics I

3

Measurement (3 credit hours)

PHST 671

Health Science Instrumentation

3

ECPY 540

Evaluation and Measurement in Education

3

ECPY 740

Psychometrics of Educational and Psychological Testing

3

ELFH 602

Survey Research and Attitude Measurement

3

Quantitative Research Methods (3-9 credit hours)

ECPY 745

Systematic Reviewing and Meta-Analysis

3

ECPY 746

Secondary Data Analysis

3

ECPY 764/ ELFH 764

Structural Equation Modeling

3

ECPY 765/ ELFH 765

Hierarchical Linear Modeling

3

ECPY 793

Applied Logistic Regression

3

ELFH 601

Applied Statistics

3

ELFH 700

Research Concepts and Design

3

ELFH 701

Intermediate Applied Statistics

3

ELFH 702

Advanced Regression Analysis

3

ELFH 703

Multivariate Statistics

3

PHPB 703

Health Promotion Research Methods and Design

3

PHPH 610

Data Management and Statistics for Public Health using SPSS

3

PHPH 630

Geographic Information Systems in Public Health

3

PHST 630

Applied Statistical Methods

3

PHST 640

Statistical Methods for Research Design in Health Sciences

3

PHST 680

Biostatistical Methods I

3

PHST 681

Biostatistical Methods II

3

PHST 682

Multivariate Statistical Analysis

3

PHST 684

Categorical Data Analysis

3

PHST 704

Mixed Effect Models and Longitudinal Data Analysis

3

PHST 781

Advanced Linear Models

3

PHST 782

Generalized Linear Models

3

PHST 785

Non-Linear Regression

3

PSYC 611

Advanced Statistics II

3

PSYC 612

Advanced Statistics III

3

SOC 610

Seminar in Statistics II

3

SOC 615

Seminar in Research Methods

3

SOC 616

Advanced Multivariate Modeling

3

Qualitative Research Methods (3-9 credit hours)

PHPB 650

PhotoVoice Methodology

3

PHPB 710

Community-Based Participatory Research

3

PHPB 711

Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

3

ELFH 704

Qualitative Field Research Methods

3

ELFH 705

Qualitative Data Analysis and Representation

3

SOC 618

Qualitative Field Research Methods

3

TEACHING [3 hours]

Course

Title-Description

Credit Hours

Seminar-Based Courses

ELFH 683

-OR-

ELFH 607

-OR-

ELFH 672

-OR-

ELFH 661

-OR-

EDAP 607

College Teaching

-OR-

Principles of Educational Leadership

-OR-

Instructional Design and Development

-OR-

Adult and Organizational Learning

-OR-

Teacher Leadership in Practice

3

Practice

Undergraduate/Graduate Teaching Experience

COGNATE 12-15 hours; courses to be determined with guidance from advisor based on area student chooses to develop content expertise

DISSERTATION hours as needed

Qualifying Examination (See Student Handbook for additional information.)

Upon completion of all formal course work, typically at the end of the second year of coursework, students will take a written qualifying exam to demonstrate their ability to synthesize and apply concepts from those courses. Results will be given to students within six weeks of completion of the exam. The exam will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis; students who don’t pass the exam on their first attempt will be given time to prepare to sit for the exam one additional time. The retake of the exam must be attempted within 6 months at a regularly scheduled exam date (February, July or October) following the first attempt at the discretion of the specialization and in consultation with the student. If a student fails to pass on the second attempt, the student will be dropped from the program. Once the qualifying exam is successfully completed, students will be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Dissertation (See Student Handbook for additional information.)

A dissertation, based on original research conducted by the student, is required of a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences with a specialization in Health Promotion. The dissertation is to be a scholarly achievement that demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct independent research and a thorough understanding of research principles, concepts and techniques in health promotion. The dissertation must follow the guidelines of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) located athttp://louisville.edu/graduate/current-students/thesis-dissertation-information.

Dissertation Committee

The student’s dissertation research will be guided by, and the final product approved by, a Dissertation Committee. The Chair of the Committee, who must come from within the department, will be appointed by the Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies upon the advice of the Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences.

The Dissertation Committee shall consist of at least four members to a maximum of six members. The Chair of the Committee and at least one other committee member must from the department. Additional members should be from outside of the department or school. Students are encouraged to meet with their committee chair regarding prospective committee members who will mentor them throughout this process. A committee member must have a doctoral degree, be credentialed to teach graduate-level courses relevant to the degree, and have recent involvement in research, scholarship, or creative activity within the previous five years. The Dean of Academic Affairs at SPHIS must approve the members to serve on the committee. The Committee will subsequently be approved by SIGS.

Dissertation Proposal

The student will work with the Dissertation Committee, and especially with the Chair throughout the process of preparing their Dissertation Proposal. The student will schedule meetings to present their dissertation proposal for approval once it has been review by members of the committee. The final oral defense of the dissertation must be completed within four (4) years of entering candidacy after passing the Qualifying Exam.

Dissertation Defense

Once the student has completed work on the dissertation, the student will schedule a date with his/her Dissertation Committee for the final oral examination during which the student will defend the dissertation. The dissertation must be approved by the committee and the Chair of the Department by majority vote before it can be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS). The defense is a public event to which members of the University community will be invited as well as those the student worked with on the project.

Dissertation Preparation

The dissertation copy must follow the guidelines of School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies located at https://louisville.edu/graduate/current-students/thesis-dissertation-information

Dissertation Submission

The following steps must be taken to submit the final copy of the dissertation electronically after oral defense and approval of the committee:

  1. Final document must be converted to a PDF (following the guidelines as noted above) and sent to SIGS and the department’s administrative assistant.
  2. Complete the “Electronic Thesis or Dissertation Submission” form found at https://louisville.edu/graduate/forms/electronic-thesis-or-dissertation-submission-form
  3. The signature page within the electronic version must have the names of your committee members typed under the signature line; the signatures cannot be scanned into the document.
  4. Submit a signed signature page on white paper, with original signatures, to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, attention Courtney Kerr.
  5. Submit the completed form (Nonexclusive License form), which will be provided after the review from the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.

Faculty

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES

David J. Tollerud
Professor
Chair

Distinguished University Scholar

Gary Hoyle
Professor

University Scholar

Robert J. Jacobs
Professor

Director of MPH Program

Rachel Neal

Assistant Professor

Zhang Qunwei

Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT OF EPIDEMIOLOGY & POPULATION HEALTH

Richard N. Baumgartner
Professor

Chair

Kathy B. Baumgartner
Professor

Associate Dean

Frank Groves

Associate Professor

Richard Kerber

Associate Professor

Kira Taylor

Assistant Professor

Anne B. Wallis

Assistant Professor

Dongyan Yang

Assistant Professor

Kristina Zierold

Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT & SYSTEMS SCIENCES

Chris Johnson
Professor

Chair

Susan Olson Allen

Assistant Professor

Joseph Benitez

Assistant Professor

Lee W. Bewley
Associate Professor

Program Director, Healthcare Leadership

Craig Blakely

Dean

Liza Creel

Assistant Professor

Bob Esterhay

Associate Professor

J’Aime Jennings

Assistant Professor

Bert Little

Professor

Rob Steiner

Professor

Barry Wainscott

Assistant Professor

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROMOTION & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Richard Clover

Professor

Ryan M. Combs

Assistant Professor

Muriel J. Harris

Associate Professor

Jelani Kerr

Assistant Professor

A. Scott LaJoie

Associate Professor

William P. McKinney
Professor

Associate Dean

Anne B. Wallis

Assistant Professor

Pete Walton
Assistant Professor

Associate Dean

Monica Wendel
Associate Professor

Associate Dean

Richard W. Wilson
Professor

Chair