PhD - Population Health Science

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Plan of Study

Population Health Economics Track
The Population Health Economics track prepares doctoral students for conducting independent research on the economics of health and healthcare. The curriculum provides a firm grounding and applied skills in economic evaluation, modern microeconomic theory, and microeconometrics. A typical dissertation research will focus on the economic evaluation of health interventions or technologies, behavioral economics, or an applied econometric analyses project.

Year 1 - Fall 
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health Science3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 750Population Health Research Methods I3
Total12
Year 1 - Spring
PHS 704Epidemiology II3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
PHS 731Social Determinants of Health3
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
Total12
Year 2 - Summer
PHS 740Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers2
PHS 747Qualitative Methods and Analysis3
Total5
Year 2 - Fall
PHS 701Applied Demography3
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
PHS 743Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions3
PHS 749Longitudinal and Multilevel Models3
Total12
Year 2 - Spring
PHS 712Science Communication and Dissemination I3
PHS 713Implementation Science3
PHS 718Proseminar1
PHS 753Systems Science and Population Health3
Total10
Year 3 - Summer
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total1
Year 3 - Fall
PHS 760Health Economics3
PHS 763Econometrics for Population Health3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 3 - Spring
PHS 762Economic Evaluation of Health Programs3
PHS 799Doctoral Proposal Development3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 4 - Summer
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Fall
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Spring +
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
*Electives: With the approval of their advisor and program director, students can fulfill elective requirements from courses in other tracks or other departmental/school and university-wide electives, including PHS 791 – Independent Study. Additionally, from year 3 onwards, students in all tracks may take additional elective and independent study courses with the approval of their advisor and program director.

Science Communication and Dissemination Track
The Science Communication and Dissemination track trains doctoral students in the methods of knowledge translation. Knowledge Translation has been defined as an iterative process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and application of knowledge to improve health and health service delivery. There is a wide gap between evidence and practice in many aspects of health care delivery, health policymaking, and community health practice. There is also an increasing challenge with communicating proper health information to the public in this era of internet and social media-driven consumer health information. Students in this track will be trained to conduct research that increases the dissemination and uptake of sound information to improve health and health care in various settings.

Year 1 - Fall 
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health Science3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 750Population Health Research Methods I3
Total12
Year 1 - Spring
PHS 704Epidemiology II3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
PHS 731Social Determinants of Health3
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
Total12
Year 2 - Summer
PHS 740Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers2
PHS 747Qualitative Methods and Analysis3
Total5
Year 2 - Fall
PHS 701Applied Demography3
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
PHS 743Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions3
PHS 749Longitudinal and Multilevel Models3
Total12
Year 2 - Spring
PHS 712Science Communication and Dissemination I3
PHS 713Implementation Science3
PHS 718Proseminar1
PHS 753Systems Science and Population Health3
Total10
Year 3 - Summer
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total1
Year 3 - Fall
PHS 739Science Communication and Dissemination II3
PHS 746Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Evidence Synthesis3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 3 - Spring
PHS 722Health Information Visualization3
PHS 799Doctoral Proposal Development3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 4 - Summer
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Fall
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Spring +
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
*Electives: With the approval of their advisor and program director, students can fulfill elective requirements from courses in other tracks or other departmental/school and university-wide electives, including PHS 791 – Independent Study. Additionally, from year 3 onwards, students in all tracks may take additional elective and independent study courses with the approval of their advisor and program director.

Vulnerable Populations Track
The track in Vulnerable Populations prepares doctoral students to conduct independent research to identify and address health disparities and their root causes in order to improve the health of vulnerable populations and health equity. Vulnerable populations include racial/ethnic minorities and other minority groups: the economically disadvantaged, the uninsured, the elderly, people with certain diseases such as HIV/AIDs, debilitating chronic health conditions, and severe mental illness, and rural residents who often encounter barriers to accessing health care services. As population health scientists and practitioners, graduates of this track will play a critical role in identifying and eliminating health disparities and advancing the health of vulnerable populations through research, advocacy, and programs.

Year 1 - Fall 
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health Science3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 750Population Health Research Methods I3
Total12
Year 1 - Spring
PHS 704Epidemiology II3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
PHS 731Social Determinants of Health3
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
Total12
Year 2 - Summer
PHS 740Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers2
PHS 747Qualitative Methods and Analysis3
Total5
Year 2 - Fall
PHS 701Applied Demography3
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
PHS 743Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions3
PHS 749Longitudinal and Multilevel Models3
Total12
Year 2 - Spring
PHS 712Science Communication and Dissemination I3
PHS 713Implementation Science3
PHS 718Proseminar1
PHS 753Systems Science and Population Health3
Total10
Year 3 - Summer
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total1
Year 3 - Fall
PHS 745Community Engagement and Community-Based Participatory Research3
PHS 755Improving the Health of Vulnerable Populations3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 3 - Spring
PHS 748Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems for Population Health3
PHS 799Doctoral Proposal Development3
Elective*Elective3
Total9
Year 4 - Summer
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Fall
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
Year 4 - Spring +
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
*Electives: With the approval of their advisor and program director, students can fulfill elective requirements from courses in other tracks or other departmental/school and university-wide electives, including PHS 791 – Independent Study. Additionally, from year 3 onwards, students in all tracks may take additional elective and independent study courses with the approval of their advisor and program director.

 


 

MD/PhD Program

M0 or M1 - Summer
PHS 740Writing and Reviewing Scientific Papers2
PHS 747Qualitative Methods and Analysis3
Total5
P 1 - Fall
PHS 700Essentials of Population Health Science3
PHS 702Statistical Methods in Research3
PHS 703Epidemiology I3
PHS 750Population Health Research Methods I3
Total12
P1 - Spring
PHS 704Epidemiology II3
PHS 717Principles of Classic, Modern, and Emerging Health Behavior Theory3
PHS 731Social Determinants of Health3
PHS 742Multivariate Regression3
Total12
P2 - Summer
PHS 744Bioethics and Society1
Total1
P2 - Fall
PHS 701Applied Demography3
PHS 714U.S. Healthcare Organizations and Delivery3
PHS 743Program Evaluation for Population-Level Interventions3
PHS 749Longitudinal and Multilevel Models3
Total12
P2 - Spring
PHS 712Science Communication and Dissemination I3
PHS 713Implementation Science3
PHS 753Systems Science and Population Health3
PHS 799Doctoral Proposal Development3
Total12
P3 - Summer
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
P3 - Fall
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total1+
P3 - Spring
PHS 718Proseminar1
PHS 798Doctoral Dissertation Seminar1+
Total2+
*MD/PhD students in their third year must take at least three elective hours from any of the courses offered by the Department of Population Health Science, with the approval of the graduate program director.