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The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prepares qualified students to pursue academic careers in a variety of settings where data is required to answer complex questions, to teach research methods, and/or conduct methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound studies.
Designed for those who wish to plan, implement and analyze both quantitative and qualitative research studies, using appropriate research designs, the 60 semester hour program of study combines instruction in the scientific foundations of practice and scientific methodology as well as advanced preparation in one of two tracks: clinical health systems or clinical laboratory sciences.
In order to be awarded the degree, the candidate must demonstrate evidence of general proficiency and distinctive attainment in a special field and a recognized ability for independent investigation as presented in a dissertation based upon original research.
Various conditions determine the number of admissions to the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences such that, at times, there may be no opening in a specific track or tracks. The initial review of applicants is made on the basis of an evaluation of all application materials. Only completed applications will be evaluated.
Specific admission criteria include:
Preference for admissions is given to: 1) residents of Mississippi; and 2) faculty who are employed at least 50 percent time in a health care profession. In order to receive the faculty preference, the applicant must submit a letter from the dean or director of the health professional program in which he/she is a faculty indicating at least 50 percent employment in the program.
Admission to a program of graduate study does not constitute admission to candidacy for a degree. To be admitted to candidacy, the student must first satisfy all prerequisites for the qualifying examination, pass each section of this examination, and formally apply.
Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences will be able to:
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