PhD in HPM Curriculum

PhD in Health Policy and Management Curriculum

To complete this degree, you will take a combination of required Core courses, Methods courses, Elective courses, a Doctoral Minor, Doctoral Research Seminars, and guided Dissertation Research that together total 90 credits.

If applicants to the Health Policy and Management PhD program have recently completed an MPH program in health policy or a related area and therefore already have solid academic preparation, they may not need to take select foundation courses, which would reduce their required curriculum credits. Individuals accepted into the program who do not have the foundation courses will be required to take the full 90-credit curriculum:

  • Required Core Courses

    Take all 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours

    • PBHL H501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies and Ethical Challenges (3 credits)
    • PBHL E517 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL H641 Ethics and Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL B551 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3 credits)
    • PBHL H619 Health Economics (3 credits)
    • PBHL S510 Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)
    • PBHL B652 Biostatistics for Public Health II (3 credits)
    • PBHL H658 Health Policy and Program Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H680 Seminar: Contemporary Health Policy/Management Challenges (3 credits)
    • PBHL H740 Workshop in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL S615 Culture and Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
    • PBHL H742 Practicum in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)


    *Non-MPH students must also take PBHL S505 Introduction to Public Health: Social and Behavioral Science and PBHL A505 Introduction to Public Health: Environmental Health

  • Methods Electives Courses

    Choose 3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours

    • PBHL H521 Management Science for Health Administration (3 credits)
    • PBHL H657 Application of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL H681 Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods (3 credits)
    • GEOG G588 Applied Spatial Statistics (3 credits)
    • NURS R610 Qualitative Inquiry and Research Methods (3 credits)
    • PBHL E710 Advanced Public Health Research Methods (3 credits)
    • NURS R601 Instrumentation and Measurement (3 credits)
    • PBHL B653 Applied Multivariate Analysis in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL H620 Patient-Reported Health Outcomes (3 credits)
    • PBHL H644 Health Impact Assessment (3 credits)
    • STATS 536 Survival Data Analysis (3 credits)
    • PBHL E715 Design and Implementation of Observational Studies (3 credits)
    • PBHL E720 Analysis and Interpretation of Observational Studies (3 credits)
  • Substantive Electives Courses

    Choose 3 courses for a total of 9 credits

    • PBHL H682 Global Perspectives on Health Policy and Health Systems (3 credits)
    • PBHL E606 Grant Writing for Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL H624 Developing Strategic Capability (3 credits)
    • PBHL H632 History of Public Health (3 credits)
    • PHIL P555 Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research (3 credits)
    • PBHL H642 Law and Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL E635 Foundations of Health Informatics (3 credits)
    • NURS D744 Strategic Resource Management in Nursing and Health Systems (3 credits)
    • NURS D751 Leadership in Complex Systems (3 credits)
    • PBHL H751 Doctoral Readings in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H686 Doctoral Topics in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL H752 Doctoral Research in Health Policy and Management (3 credits)


    **Students may take methods and substantive electives offered by other IUPUI departments with advisor approval.

  • Minor Area

    Students must complete a PhD minor in an area related to a health and life science. The minor in most cases is comprised of four graduate level courses (12 credit hours) in the chosen area and must comply with the minor requirements of the respective department/unit.

  • Doctoral Research Seminars

    Students will enroll in four doctoral research seminars. Each seminar is one credit, for a total of four credits.

    • PBHL H755 Doctoral Research Seminars x3 (3 credits)
    • PBHL S725 Preparing for Academics in Public Health (1 credit)
  • Dissertation
    • PBHL H799 Dissertation Proposal (4 credits)
    • PBHL H800 Dissertation Research (16 credits)

Other Degree Requirements for the PhD in Epidemiology

Public Health Coursework
Health Policy and Management PhD students without a graduate degree, certificate or coursework in public health will be required to complete online introductory modules on Environmental Health and Social and Behavioral Science to ensure they have basic competencies in all five core public health areas. This is a requirement of the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH), the Fairbanks school’s accrediting body.

PhD Advisory Committee
The Department of Health Policy and Management will assign the student to an advisory committee after completion of the first year in the PhD program. The advisory committee will include at least two Health Policy and Management faculty; one member may be from another discipline. The advisory committee will approve the student’s program of study and counsel the student until he or she passes the qualifying examination. The chair of the PhD advisory committee will be a full-time faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Faculty who meet the IUPUI Graduate School guidelines will be eligible to serve as dissertation advisors.

Minor Area
The student will select at least one minor from outside the department of Health Policy and Management. The PhD minor typically includes four graduate level courses, complies with requirements of the respective minor department or program, and must be approved by the student’s advisory committee. Examples of minors include: bioethics, international research ethics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health economics, medical sociology, medical anthropology, nursing administration, business administration, and bioinformatics.

Qualifying Examinations
The written qualifying examination is designed to assess the student’s attainment of the stated Health Policy and Management PhD competencies and is taken after the coursework for the PhD has been completed. Students who fail the qualifying examination are normally allowed to retake it once.

Students who have passed the qualifying examination must enroll each semester (excluding summer sessions) for dissertation credits. Once students have accumulated 90 credit hours in completed course work and dissertation credits, they may maintain continuous enrollment by enrolling in G901 for six credit hours at a cost of $150. Students can enroll in G901 for no more than six semesters.

The department of Health Policy and Management will monitor the students’ progress toward the PhD degree and will make recommendations to the University Graduate School regarding the nomination to candidacy, the appointment of a research committee, the defense of the dissertation, and the conferring of the PhD degree.

Dissertation
The dissertation will be written on an original topic of research and presented as one of the final requirements for the Health Policy and Management PhD degree. The student’s dissertation research committee will be comprised of members of the graduate faculty. The chair of the dissertation research committee must be a regular faculty member in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and a full member of the Graduate Faculty. The student will submit to the IUPUI Graduate Office, acting for the University Graduate School, a two-page prospectus of the dissertation research and the membership of the research committee at least six months before the defense of the dissertation.

After the committee has reviewed the dissertation, the decision to schedule the defense will be made. The student will then present and defend the dissertation orally in a public forum before the committee. Following the dissertation defense, all deficiencies must be adequately addressed to obtain approval by the dissertation research committee.

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