Curriculum

College

Population Health

Degree Earned

Doctorate

Program Type

Hybrid

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

Courses

There are three trimesters per year. This flexibility allows students to complete coursework at their own pace. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

The following graduate level courses are required for all specializations:

  • Basic Statistics
  • Research Methods

The following courses are required for AHEOR Specialization:

  • PHS 605: Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
  • PHS 615: Advanced Statistics for Population Health Science: Multi-Level Modeling
  • AHE 509: Epidemiology & Evidence for Outcomes Research
  • AHE 510: Advanced Research Methods for Applied Observational Studies

The following courses are required for Health Behavior Science, Health Policy, HQS and PHI Specializations:

  • PHS 605: Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
  • PHS 615: Advanced Statistics for Population Health Science: Multi-Level Modeling
  • PBH 606: Advanced Epidemiology or 
    AHE 509: Epidemiology & Evidence for Outcomes Research
  • PHS 650: Evaluative & Outcomes Research & Design

The following courses are required for all Specializations:

  • HPL 500: U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
  • POP 500: Essentials of Population Health
  • AHE 501: Economics of Health Insurance 
  • PBH 502: Society, Behavior, & Environment
  • PHS 602: Bioethics (1 credit)
  • PHS 620: Teaching & Learning Seminar

The following courses are required for all Specializations:

  • PHS 700: Integrative Research Seminar (1 credit, need 4 credits)
  • PHS 660: Mentored Research Experience (1-3 credits)

Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research

The following courses are options for the AHEOR Specialization. Students must select five courses for a total of 15 credits. 

  • AHE 504: Economic Modeling I
  • AHE 512: Economic Modeling II (AHE 504 prerequisite)
  • AHE 506: Subjective Outcomes in Health Evaluation
  • AHE 503: Hospital Finance & Accounting
  • AHE 511: Advanced Statistics for AHEOR (required)
  • AHE 514: Economic & Outcomes Analyses (with permission)
  • PHS 650: Evaluative & Outcomes & Research Design

Health Behavior Science

The following courses are required for the HBS Specialization.

  • PBH 602: Advanced Social & Behavioral Theories & Interventions (prerequisite of PHS 680)
  • PBH 512: Qualitative Research Methods
  • PBH 515: Cultural Humility & Competence
  • PHS 710: Advanced Health Behavior Methods & Measurement
  • PHS 680: Advanced Analytic Methods for Health Behavior Science

Health Policy

The following courses are options for the HP Specialization. Students must select five courses for a total of 15 credits.

  • HPL 506: Health Policy: Analysis & Development
  • HPL 504: Health Law & Regulatory Issues
  • HPL 505: Legislative, Executive & Regulatory Processes
  • HPL 511: Policy Approaches to Addressing Social Determinants of Health
  • HPL 512: Medicare & Medicaid
  • HPL 513: Effective Communication & Dissemination of Data
  • POP 520: Change Management or 
    POP 530: Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Change
  • HPL 550: Comparative Health Systems

Healthcare Quality & Safety

The following courses are options for the HQS Specialization. Students must select five courses for a total of 15 credits.

  • HQS 500: Introduction to Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • HQS 509: Applied Principles of Healthcare Quality
  • HQS 512 Business Case for Quality
  • HQS 515: Applied Principles of Patient Safety
  • HQS 505: Advanced Tools & Methods for Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • HQS 507: Advanced Applications of HQS in Clinical Settings
  • POP 520: Change Management or 
    POP 530: Applied Leadership Strategies for Effective Change

Population Health Intelligence

The following courses are options for the PHI Specialization. Students must select five courses for a total of 15 credits.

  • PHI 501: Health Data Acquisition
  • PHI 518: Data Science
  • PHI 532: Data Presentation Architecture
  • PHI 527: Analytics Leadership & Administration
  • PHI 538: Implementation Science

The following courses are required for all specializations:

  • PHS 800: Comprehensive Exam Prep (1 credit)
  • PHS 801: Comprehensive Exam (1 credit)
  • PHS 805: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
  • PHS 807: Dissertation Proposal (1 credit)
  • PHS 810: Dissertation Progress
  • PHS 811: Dissertation Progress
  • PHS 812: Dissertation Progress (if needed, 1 credit)

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD program are able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and application of population health frameworks and concepts
  • Apply knowledge of the structures, performance, quality, policy, and environmental context of health care to the formulation of solutions to, and prevention of, population health problems
  • Formulate population health research questions that are informed by relevant theoretical and conceptual models; systematic reviews of the literature; valid, reliable, and generalizable data; and stakeholder needs
  • Select appropriate study designs to address specific population health research questions
  • Collect, analyze, and/or interpret data obtained either prospectively (by survey, surveillance, qualitative, or mixed methods) or retrospectively through existing public and private sources to identify determinants of health
  • Conduct ethical and responsible research in the design, implementation, and dissemination of population health research through implementation of research protocols with standardized procedures
  • Apply appropriate design and analytic methods to clarify associations between variables and to identify causal inferences
  • Communicate findings and implications of population health science research through multiple modalities to academic, professional, and lay audiences