The PhD program in Health Policy and Management (HPAM) provides doctoral study in health systems research and analysis methodology, health policy planning and analysis, and management strategies. The program provides in-depth study in research approaches and methods and the application of these skills to health systems research. The highly variable character of health systems around the world demands capable researchers who are able to analyze and understand these changes and trends and to make recommendations. Graduates pursue careers in academia, health systems research and policy analysis in the health care industry.
- Acquire knowledge of theories and supporting concepts pertinent to applied, multi-disciplinary, public health research.
- Outline and articulate the key elements of the research process from identifying the research question, selecting a theoretical framework, developing a study design, using appropriate methodologies, conducting the analysis, and interpreting the results.
- Compare advantages and disadvantages of different formal study designs and approaches. Provide feasible alternative standard research designs for given research.
- Develop and write an original research protocol or prospectus that includes identifying the research question, selecting a theoretical framework, developing a study design, using appropriate methodologies, conducting the analysis, and interpreting the results.
- Develop and use instruments for primary and secondary data collection and perform data analysis using correct and appropriate research methods.
- Disseminate and discuss research knowledge and findings to appropriate audiences.
The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 post baccalaureate degree credits, with at least 30 credits of advanced courses work taken at SPHTM. Up to 42 credits of course work may be applied from a MPH or other master’s degree. The master’s courses are reviewed and those fulfilling the required competencies are applied toward the 72 credits for the PhD. If prerequisite knowledge or skills are needed for advanced PhD study, these are determined on an individual basis and theses courses do not count toward the 30 credits of advanced study. The advisor works with the student to outline a course of study in the doctoral program (See PhD handbook).
|SPHL 6020||Foundations in Public Health||3|
|SPHL 6050||Biostatistics for Public Healt||3|
|SPHL 6060||Epidemiology for Public Health||3|
|SPHL 6070||Health Systems Policy and Mgmt||3|
Advanced Doctoral Study (17 Credits)
|HPAM 8770||Health Services Rsrch Mthds||3|
|HPAM 8350||Policy Analysis Natural Experi||3|
|HPAM 8310||Org Theory And Assessment||3|
|HPAM 8410||Cost Benefit/Effective Analysi||3|
|GCHB 7280||Qual Mthds: Basic Foundations||2|
|BIOS 6040||Intermediate Biostat||3|
Elective Courses (13 credits)
Electives are selected from relevant advanced level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. Additional credits may be needed to obtain a total of 72 credits. No more than 12 credits of special (independent) studies may be applied toward the doctoral degree.
On completion of doctoral coursework, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate global health management and policy PhD program competencies.
Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination that tests students’ ability to demonstrate mastery of theory, research design, analytic skills; and knowledge of a substantive subject area. These skills represent the research focus of the Health Policy and Management. The exam is coordinated by the HPAM Doctoral Program Director and is offered once a year only in the spring (March/April) over four day period. If a student does not pass the exam, they have one opportunity to retake it. A retake will be offered during the fall semester of the same year, and the same HPAM Doctoral Exam Committee will preside over the retake exam.
Doctoral Committee (See PhD handbook)
After successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student forms a dissertation committee and develops a prospectus. The committee must include a minimum of three members with at least two faculty from the Department of Global Health Management and Policy and one external to the school.
Prospectus (See PhD handbook)
Students work with their advisor and doctoral committee to determine a research hypothesis and prepare a prospectus of proposed dissertation research. The research prospectus is presented and defended at least one semester before the dissertation defense. Following the successful defense of the prospectus, students are admitted to PhD candidacy and proceed with dissertation research.
Dissertation (See PhD handbook)
Students must conduct original research and defend a dissertation based on that research. The dissertation research demonstrates scholarly work and is the basis for the dissertation. The student defends the dissertation to their committee; the dissertation committee and SPHTM Executive Faculty approve the dissertation.