PhD in Population Health Science


Population Health

Degree Earned


Program Type


Program Contact

Name: Marianna (Marnie) LaNoue, PhD, MS
Position: Program Director

Program Contact

Name: Lisa Chosed, MA
Position: Assistant Program Director
Telephone: 215-503-6125

Admissions Contact

Name: April Smith
Position: Admissions and Recruitment Manager

901 Walnut Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Telephone: 215-503-5305

Our PhD in Population Health Science prepares leaders to analyze the determinants of health and to develop, implement, and evaluate health interventions, and health policies and systems that improve the health and quality of life of populations. More specifically, the PhD program prepares leaders to be scholars, researchers, educators and practitioners in core aspects of population health.

Program Specializations

Classes are a mix of onsite courses, held at Thomas Jefferson University's Center City campus, and online classes. Onsite courses are offered during the day and evening, accommodating working adults. Online courses are offered asynchronously using best practices and interactive learning, and are taught by faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.

The PhD in Population Health Science requires completion of a minimum of 62 credits, including competency examination and dissertation. Students specialize in one of five areas:

  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS)
  • Health Behavior Science
  • Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research (AHEOR)
  • Population Health Intelligence

Program Audiences

An earned master's degree or other professional degree (e.g., PharmD, JD, MD) is required. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a master's degree or master's level coursework in appropriate fields of study such as public health, social work, health policy, and behavioral sciences. Certificate program graduates are not eligible for admission. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 applicable graduate credits into the program from other accredited institutions.

Students in the program come from a variety of fields and have included:

  • Healthcare professionals working within healthcare settings, healthcare plans or management companies, academic organizations, community organizations, and public/government entities
  • Healthcare program administrators
  • Health information technology (HIT) professionals working in provider and payer systems
  • Individuals working in healthcare-related professional organizations and trade associations
  • Professionals who work in an organization involved in the delivery, administration and/or financing of health care or who are seeking to change fields within the healthcare system
  • Pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device industry professionals working in outcomes research, product reimbursement, medical communications, new product development, biostatistics, regulatory, and medical science liaison field operations

The Jefferson Difference

All of our online degree programs are tailored to the unique needs of busy clinical professionals. Courses are 100% online with no synchronous learning requirements and we use an accelerated “executive” format that sharply focuses on continually learning, applying and integrating concepts in real-world settings. Our class sizes are small to ensure a “high touch” learning environment. Our faculty are expert practitioners in their respective fields, and complete a 6-month intensive training program and on-boarding process before they enter the classroom.  

Students in our programs also receive on-going support throughout the program. Before you begin classes, you work with an Academic Coach to review your career goals, set a weekly schedule, and determine your course plan. During the program, we help you register for courses, obtain course materials, and liaise with other offices throughout campus to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter along the way.