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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences

Major: PHSCPHDENV
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GH
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/sphis/


Program Information

Introduction

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

  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Management
  • Health Promotion

The following are general admission requirements.  Additional requirements may be outlined within each concentration.

  1. Graduate application (see http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply) submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS).
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. At least two letters of recommendation written within past twelve months (can be submitted with form at http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply).
  4. Submission of GRE score to SIGS (no minimum score required).
  5. All post-secondary transcripts (may require foreign credential evaluation if not from accredited U.S. institution).
  6. Statement of goals submitted to the department office (must include desired academic and degree program).
  7. Foreign credential evaluation is required for each degree not from an accredited U.S. institution. This requirement may be waived, with approval by the dean, for degrees not considered to be relevant to evaluation of the applicant or whose transcript requires no foreign credential evaluation.
  8. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution is required for admission.
  9. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 is required for unconditional admission.
  10. International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by one of:

- Award of a degree from an accredited U.S. institution

- Official TOEFL score of 100 or higher (iBT, or Internet-Based Test), 250 or higher (CBT, or Computer-Based Test), or 600 or higher (PBT, or Paper-Based Test)

- Official documentation of passing the exit examination for the advanced level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program at the University of Louisville



Curriculum


Introduction

The concentration 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 concentration 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.

The Ph.D. concentration in environmental health is in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and is part of the Ph.D. program in public health sciences in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

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. concentration 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 34 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

Faculty Advisor

Upon admission to the Ph.D. concentration, 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. concentration in environmental health is designed as a 37 credit-hour program (minimum beyond a master’s degree) including the dissertation. Additional hours may be needed for completion of the concentration program.

Coursework
37 total credit-hours
      34 credit-hours of required coursework
        3 credit-hours of environmental health seminars

 

Required Coursework

Semester

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

Fall I

PHST-620

Introduction to Statistical Computing

3

PHEP-602

Epidemiological Methods

3

BIOC-668

Molecular Biology

4

Semester Total

10

 

Spring I

PHEP-620

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology

3

MBIO-658

Cellular and Molecular Immunology

3

 

Elective course

3

PHEH-750

Seminar 1 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

Semester Total

10

 

Summer I

PHEH-751

Seminar 2 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

 

Elective course

3

 

Elective course

3

Semester Total

7

 

Fall II

PHTX-661

Molecular Mechanisms in Toxicology

3

PHEH-601

Environmental Risk Assessment

3

 

Elective course

3

PHEH-752

Seminar 3 in Environmental and Occupational Health

1

Semester Total

10

 

Degree Total

37

 

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

A student in the Ph.D. concentration 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, a student has the option to select nine credit-hours of elective coursework. 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 concentration 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.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health Sciences
Concentration in Epidemiology

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

Admission
Students who have satisfactorily completed the M.S. degree in epidemiology are eligible for the Ph.D. concentration 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 concentration may be required to complete additional coursework to be accepted into the epidemiology Ph.D. concentration.

Faculty Advisor
Upon admission to the concentration, 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 concentration, 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. concentration 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-619

Biology of Disease in Populations 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 concentration. 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

PHBI-750

Statistical Methods for Bioinformatics

3

PHBI-751

High-throughput Data Analysis

3

PHCI-501

Bench to Bedside

1

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-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 concentration; 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 concentration 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.”

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health Sciences

Concentration in Health Management

Introduction

The Ph.D. concentration in health management in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences is in the Ph.D. program in Public Health Sciences in the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

The concentration 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 concentration 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.

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 concentration. 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

o   If applicant has no degree from accredited US institution, then only the GRE is acceptable

o   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

Curriculum

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. concentration 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 concentration program.

Faculty Advisor
Upon admission to the Ph.D. concentration, 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. concentration.

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. concentration 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 concentration 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.Seminars in Public Health Management - A student in the Ph.D. concentration 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.

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 concentration 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.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health Sciences

Concentration in Health Promotion

Introduction

The Ph.D. concentration in health promotion in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences is in the Ph.D. in public health sciences degree program in the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences. The concentration 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.

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 School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. 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 50th 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 concentration or the application process, students should contact Dr. Richard W. Wilson, Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, (502)852-8040.

Curriculum

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
  • Oral examination

Faculty Advisor

The Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences appoints a director of the Ph.D. concentration program each year. The director assigns advisors for each doctoral student. The assignment process is negotiated with the student who has the option of requesting a specific advisor. The student’s choice is contingent on the agreement of the desired advisor, his or her availability, and the overall faculty resources of the department.

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 are of interest.

Degree Requirements

Coursework

The Health Promotion concentration of the Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences consists of a minimum of 39 credit-hours, including the following requirements:

39 total credit-hours:

21 credit-hours of required coursework:

     12 credit-hours of coursework in health promotion theory and principles
     3 credit-hours of cognate coursework
     3 credit-hours of research design and statistics

     3 credit-hours of ELFH-683 College Teaching

18 credit-hours of elective coursework:

     9 credit-hours of cognate coursework
     9 credit-hours of research design and statistics 
 

Required Coursework

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

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

PHPB-710

Community-Based Participatory Research

3

PHPB-722

Health Risk Communication

3

PHPB-724

Dissertation Methods Seminar

3

 

Research design and statistics electives (with approval of advisor)

9

 

Cognate electives (with approval of advisor)

9

ELFH-683

or

ELFH-661

or

other course

College Teaching

or

Adult Development and Learning

or

equivalent course (with approval of advisor)

3

Total

39

Research Design and Statistics Electives

Students work with their advisors to select appropriate courses to complete the twelve credit-hours required in this category. Selections are based on the research and statistics background of students and the anticipated research and statistics needs of the dissertation research projects.

The following is the list of approved electives for this category. Other courses may be considered with permission of the faculty advisor and the program director.

 

Approved Research Design and Statistics Elective Courses

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHEP-602

Epidemiological Methods

3

PHPB-615

Advanced Program Evaluation

3

PHEP-710

Community-based Participatory Research

3

PHPB-711

Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health

3

PHPB-724

Dissertation Methods Seminar

3

PHST-630

Applied Statistical Methods

3

PHST-640

Statistical Methods for Research Design in Human Studies

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-725

Design of Experiments

3

PSYC-610

Advanced Statistics I

3

PSYC-611

Advanced Statistics II

3

PSYC-612

Advanced Statistics III

3

ECPY-793

Reviewing Scientific Literature [course in meta-analysis]

3

SOC-609

Seminar in Statistics I

3

SOC-609

Seminar in Statistics II

3

SOC-618

Qualitative Field Research Methods

3

Cognate Electives

Students work with their advisors to select appropriate courses to complete the twelve credit-hours required in this category. Selections are based on the research and professional interests of students and the career paths anticipated.

The following is the list of approved electives for this category. Other courses may be considered with permission of the faculty advisor and the program director.

 

Approved Cognate Elective Courses

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

PHPB-604

Health Decision and Risk Analysis

3

PHPB-612

Health Communication Campaigns

3

PHPB-650

Advanced Topics in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

3

PHMS-655

Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling in Public Health

3

PHPB-721

Health Promotion and Healthcare-Associated Infection

3

PHPB-727

Culture and Public Health

3

PHPB-753

Independent Study in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

3

GEOG-657

Geographic Information Systems

3

HSS-669

Administering Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs

3

HSS-675

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Individual Level

3

HSS-676

Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

HSS-684

Program Planning in Health Education and Promotion

3

NURS-657

Health Promotion and Illness Prevention Across the Lifespan

3

PHCI-631

Social and Behavioral Sciences in Health Care

3

PHEH-620

Global Issues

3

PHMS-604

Legal and Bioethical Aspects of Public Health

3

PHPH-630

Geographic Information Systems in Public Health

3

PSYC-581

Introduction to Health Psychology

3


Qualifying Examination

Upon completion of all formal course work, typically at the end of the second year, students take a written qualifying exam to demonstrate their ability to synthesize and apply concepts from those courses. The exam is evaluated on a pass/fail basis; students who don’t pass the exam at the first administration are given time to prepare to sit for the exam one additional time. Once the qualifying exam is successfully completed, students are admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Dissertation

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 concentration in health promotion. The dissertation is to be a scholarly achievement that demonstrates the student’s thorough understanding of research techniques in health promotion and the ability to conduct independent research.



Departmental Faculty


J. Jackson Barnette, Ph.D.

Professor



Contact Information

Public Health Sciences - Ph.D.

J. Jackson Barnette, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(502)852-8674
jack.barnette@louisville.edu
 

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