PhD - Population Health Science

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PhD in Population Health Science

Enrolled students will be able to complete the program in 4 to 5 years, completing a total of 60 credit hours. The target audiences are college graduates and professionals seeking an advanced degree. The primary objective of the program is to educate students to examine health outcomes, patterns of health determinants, and develop policies and interventions.

Population health scientists and professionals seek to prevent and cure disease by keeping people healthy through a systemic and interdisciplinary approach to health and health care. Graduates of the SOPH will be expected to assume academic, administrative, and clinical roles in health care, population health, academia, and private industry. They will help shape the provision of health care, population health, and public health services in the state in the coming decades and thereby improve the health of Mississippians. The program will culminate in an original dissertation focused on the factors that influence health and disease.

Program goals

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Identify the determinants of health across the patient lifespan;
  • Identify the determinants of disease across the patient lifespan;
  • Analyze socials structures and processes in the investigations of health;
  • Develop approaches that seek to improve health outcomes;
  • Develop approaches that seek to improve the experience of health care;
  • Develop approaches that seek to decrease the associated health care costs within a defined;
  • Develop and evaluate innovate population health interventions;
  • Develop and evaluate methodological approaches for population health research;
  • Effectively communicate health interventions to influence patient health.

The programmatic goal for the PhD in Population Health Science is for graduates to gain necessary skills to analyze socials structures and processes in the investigations of health and to develop approaches that seek to improve health outcomes, the experience of health care, and decrease the associated health care costs within a defined population. Specifically, graduates of the program will be able to: identify determinants of health, identify determinants of disease, and identify determinants of health and disease across the patient lifespan. Graduates will also be able to develop and evaluate innovative population health interventions and methodological approaches for population health research. In addition, students will be able to effectively communicate their findings in order to influence patient health.