Curriculum

College

Population Health

Degree Earned

Doctorate

Program Type

Hybrid

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 with a grade of "B" or better for all specializations prior to matriculation:

  • Basic Biostatistics
  • 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 HDS 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 502: Statistics I
  • AHE 505: Statistics II
  • AHE 504: Economic Modeling I
  • AHE 512: Economic Modeling II 
  • AHE 506: Subjective Outcomes in Health Evaluation
  • AHE 507: Claims-Based AHEOR
  • AHE 508: International Health Technolocy Assessment: Evaluations & Evidence Generation/Synthesis
  • PHS 650: Evaluative & Outcomes & Research Design
  • HDS 500 Fundamentals of Data Wrangling
  • HDS 502 Advanced Data Analysis

Health Behavior Science

The following courses are required for the HBS Specialization.

  • PBH 602: Advanced Social & Behavioral Theories & Interventions (prerequisite of PBH 502)
  • PBH 512: Qualitative Research Methods
  • PBH 515: Cultural Humility & Competence
  • PHS 710: Advanced Health Behavior Methods & Measurement
  • PHS 680: Advanced Analytic Topics for Health Behavior Science

Health Data Science

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

  • AHE 502 Statistics I
  • AHE 505 Statistics II
  • HDS 500 Fundamentals of Data Wrangling
  • HDS 502 Advanced Data Analysis
  • HDS 532: Data Visualization
  • HDS 518 Data Science I
  • HDS 519 Data Science II

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
  • OPX 520: Change Management or 
    OPX 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
  • OPX 520: Change Management 

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 Defense (1 credit)
  • PHS 810: Dissertation Progress
  • PHS 811: Final Dissertation Defense

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