Clinical Health Sciences


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  • Curriculum for Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences is a 60-semester hour program consisting of 24 semester hours of core courses; 12 semester hours of track courses; 9 semester hours of electives; 3 semester hours for the dissertation proposal; and 12 semester hours for the dissertation.

    Core Courses are:

    CourseSemester Hours
    CHS 701. Biostatistics3
    CHS 702. Biostatistical Modeling3
    CHS 704. Research Methods I 3
    CHS 705. Research Methods II3
    CHS 706. Philosophy of Science3
    CHS 720. Essentials of Pathophysiology3
    CHS 723. Pathophysiological Phenomena3
    CHS 740. Biomedical Ethics and Health
    Law in the Clinical Health Sciences
    3
    Total24

    After successful completion of the core courses (with a GPA of 3.0 or better) and the qualifying exam, students may apply for candidacy.

    Clinical Health Systems Track Courses are (choose any 4 courses):

    CourseSemester Hours
    CHS 703. Clinical Decision Making3
    CHS 709. Qualitative Research Designs3
    CHS 741. Medical Sociology3
    CHS 750. Health Systems Management3
    CHS 763. Alternative and Complementary Therapies3
    CHS 764. Biostatistical Computer Applications in Health Care3
    Total18

    Clinical Laboratory Sciences Track Courses are (choose any 4 courses):

    CourseSemester Hours
    CHS 703. Clinical Decision Making3
    CHS 716. Advanced Laboratory Diagnostics3
    CHS 721. Advanced Pathophysiology3
    CHS 724. Pharmacological Considerations in Health Practice3
    CHS 728. Histopathology3
    CHS 763. Alternative and Complementary Therapies3
    Total18

    Dissertation
    Each candidate is required to complete a dissertation that evidences published (or publishable) original investigation conducted under the supervision of the director of the student’s advisory committee. The advisory committee will review the dissertation and provide comments and corrections before the oral dissertation defense. The completed dissertation must then be approved by the advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students receiving the Ph.D. degree are required to have research accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to the awarding of the degree. To meet this requirement, the student must be listed as the first author on at least one publication.

    Typical course of study (full-time)
    Although the plan of study is designed by the individual student and a faculty member with closely matching research interests, a typical course of study for full-time students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences follows:

    First Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 702. Biostatistical Modeling3
    CHS 706. Philosophy of Science3
    CHS 720. Essentials of Pathophysiology3
    Spring 
    CHS 701. Biostatistics3
    CHS 704. Research Methods I3
    CHS 723. Pathophysiological Phenomena3
    Summer 
    CHS 705. Research Methods II3
    CHS Elective3

    Second Year

    FallSemester Hours
    (Clinical Health Systems Track)9
    (Clinical Laboratory Systems Track)9
    Spring 
    CHS 740. Biomedical Ethics and Health Law
    in the Clinical Health Sciences
    3
    (Clinical Health Systems Track)3
    (Clinical Laboratory Systems Track)3
    Summer 
    CHS Electives6

    Third Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 791. Dissertation Research Proposal3
    Spring 
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal6
    Summer 
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal6
    Total Required Hours60

    Typical course of study (part-time)
    Although the plan of study is designed by the individual student and a faculty member with closely matching research interests, a typical course of study for part-time students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences follows:

    First Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 702. Biostatistical Modeling3
    CHS 706. Philosophy of Science3
    Spring 
    CHS 701. Biostatistics3
    CHS 704. Research Methods I3
    Summer 
    CHS 705. Research Methods II3

    Second Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 720. Essentials of Pathophysiology3
    CHS Elective3
    Spring 
    CHS 723. Pathophysiological Phenomena3
    CHS 740. Biomedical Ethics and Health Law
    in the Clinical Health Sciences
    3
    Summer 
    CHS Elective3

    Third Year

    FallSemester Hours
    (Clinical Health Systems Track)6
    (Clinical Laboratory Systems Track)6
    Spring 
    (Clinical Health Systems Track)6
    (Clinical Laboratory Systems Track)6
    Summer 
    CHS Elective3

    Fourth Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 791. Dissertation Research Proposal3
    Spring 
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal3
    Summer 
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal3

    Fifth Year

    FallSemester Hours
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal3
    Spring 
    CHS 798. Dissertation Research Proposal3
    Total Required Hours60