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School of Public Health

LISA M. KLESGES, PhD
Professor and Dean
236 Robison Hall
901.678.4501

MARIAN C. LEVY, DrPH
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
230 Robison Hall
901.678.4514

Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

www.memphis.edu/sph/


I. Overview

The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and outreach to improve public health and promote health equity by generating knowledge and translating research discoveries in our community, our state, and throughout the world. We aspire to: (1) Train the next generation of students in population health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health; (2) Create an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability; (3) Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region; (4) Prepare future leaders in public health by supporting interdisciplinary research focused on health equity to develop behavioral, community, structural, and health services interventions that address disparities; and (5) Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

Degrees offered include the Master of Health Administration (MHA), the Master of Public Health (MPH), the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the PhD in Epidemiology, and the PhD in Health Systems and Policy. Admission to each graduate program in the School of Public Health is handled separately. Each has its own admission criteria, and application must be made for a particular program before an applicant is considered for that program. Deadlines are November 1 for the Spring term and April 1 for the Fall term (MPH program) April 1 for the Fall term (PhD programs and the MHA program). The MHA and three PhD programs admit new students for fall term only but will consider qualified transfer students for spring semester admissions.

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.


II. Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program

MARK HENDRICKS, MHA
Instructor and  Director of Masters Programs
116 Robison Hall
901.678.2982

DAVID BURCHFIELD, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator 
130 Robison Hall
901.678.3361


Email: mha-admin@memphis.edu/

The School of Public Health is proud to have one of only 86 MHA programs in North America that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), and the only CAHME-accredited program in the State of Tennessee. The MHA degree program educates students interested in preparing for or furthering careers in a variety of health care settings, including hospital, ambulatory care, and managed care organizations. The program combines interdisciplinary academic preparation with health industry experience.

Program objectives are: (1) development of strategic thinking, legal and ethical decision making, finance, economics, and research, related to health administration; and (2) development of leadership skills in team-oriented environments.

A. Program Admission

Applicants must receive favorable endorsement from the health administration faculty. Admission will be based on applicable test scores (Graduate Record Examination [GRE] or Graduate Management Aptitude Test [GMAT]); undergraduate grade point average; previous education and/or experience; and an ability to articulate career goals and education objectives via a letter of intent. Two letters of recommendation are also required, one of which should be from a professor or instructor familiar with the student’s prior academic history and abilities.

Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent obtained in the United States may be exempt from the GRE requirement. Professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, and LSAT) taken in the past five years may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are enrolled in or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees in areas such as medicine, dentistry, or law.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

B. Program Prerequisites

Students are accepted from all undergraduate disciplines and professional areas; however, the program determines if students must successfully complete up to nine hours of prerequisite course work before being fully admitted into the program.

C. Program Requirements

The student is required to complete a minimum of fifty-three (53) semester hours. Forty-seven (47) hours are taken in the core curriculum and six (6) hours of electives chosen in consultation with an advisor. The six (6) hours of electives allow the student to extend basic knowledge gained in the core curriculum and can include such areas as health administration, public health, economics, marketing, finance, public policy, public administration, and management. The comprehensive examination must be successfully completed during the semester in which the student expects to graduate.

III. Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program

MARK HENDRICKS, MHA
Instructor, Director of Masters Programs and Graduate Coordinator 
116 Robison Hall
901.678.2982

Email: mph-admin@memphis.edu

The mission of the CEPH accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) program is to provide a stimulating academic environment in a metropolitan setting that supports excellence and innovation in education, research, and service to enhance the lives and health of individuals, families, and communities in the Mid-South. Program objectives are: (1) Prepare future leaders in the field of public health by providing the highest quality education and practice opportunities in theories, approaches, methods, and other substantive issues pertinent to public health; (2) Create and nurture an environment conducive to interdisciplinary public health initiatives, with special emphasis on vulnerable populations who suffer disproportionately from illness and disability; (3) Pursue innovative and rigorous research on critical public health issues to prevent disease and injury, promote well-being, and foster overall physical and mental health; (4) Stimulate collaboration with the community to develop effective partnerships in combating the health challenges in our communities, city, state, and region; and (5) Inform public policy, disseminate health information, and increase awareness of public health concerns through disease surveillance, needs assessments, and program evaluation.

A. Program Admission

A multi-disciplinary faculty admissions committee determines admission to the MPH program. Criteria for the selection process are broad because of the wide range of backgrounds from which students may come. Prior background in public health or health care is not necessary for admission, but may be considered in the admission process. The following is necessary for application:

Applicants must hold a bachelor or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) or a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in the major subject area. Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the past five years are required.

Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent obtained in the United States may be exempt from the GRE requirement. Professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, and LSAT) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are enrolled in or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees in areas such as medicine, dentistry, or law. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Letters of recommendation from at least three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health professional, are required. At least one letter from a former professor or instructor is required.

Applicants must also submit a statement of purpose in approximately 400-500 words indicating his or her present interests and career goals, including why s/he wants to pursue an MPH degree.

B. Program Prerequisites

All MPH applicants will be expected to have adequate preparation in the sciences, including at least one college-level course in general biology (including human biology), mathematics (e.g., calculus or algebra), and a social science (e.g., sociology, anthropology, or psychology). Basic computer skills are also expected. Courses in health-related fields such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition, chemistry, physics, and statistics are not mandated, but are strongly recommended. Previous professional or other relevant work experience is also highly desirable, but not required.

C. Program Requirements: Completion of a total of 42 hours, including 18 hours of core course requirements; 18 hours of electives, 3 hours of practicum/field experience, and 3 hours of a culmination experience in the form of either a thesis or master's project seminar. Students may choose a concentration in any of the following areas: Biostatistics, Environmental Science, Epidemiology, Health Systems Management, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Core courses include:
HADM 7105 Health Policy and the Organization of Health Services (3)
PUBH 7120 Environmental Health I (3)
PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I (3)
PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Science Principles (3)
PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health (3)

Concentration courses include:
Biostatistics
PUBH 7309 Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health (3)
PUBH 7311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)
PUBH 7152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
PUBH 7310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis  (3)

Environmental Health
PUBH 7124 Environmental Toxicology (3)
PUBH 7128 Environmental Policy and Decision-Making (3)
PUBH 7129 Environmental Sampling and Analysis (3)
PUBH 7126 Principles of Exposure and Risk Assessment (3)

Epidemiology
PUBH 7152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
PUBH 7141 Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
PUBH 7172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
Plus any one of the following 4 applied “topics “ courses:
PUBH 7140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
PUBH 7174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
PUBH 7442 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 7443 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences
PUBH 7014 Public Health Communication (3)*
PUBH 7130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
PUBH 7132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
PUBH 7340 Behavioral Intervention Development (3)
* PUBH 7345 (Health Literacy) may be substituted for PUBH 7014.

Health Systems and Policy
PUBH 7710 Health Care Economics (3)
HADM 7109 Health Information Systems (3)
HADM 7204 Quality and Outcomes Management in Health Care (3)
PUBH 7502 Health Policy, Theory & Methods (3)

Electives (6 hours) will be taken with the approval of the faculty advisor.

Possible electives include courses within the concentration areas as well as:
BIOL 7080 Public Health Microbiology (3)
COMM 7012 Seminar in Health Communication (3)
HADM 7107 Health Care Ethics (3)
HADM 7109 Health Care Information Systems (3)
NURS 7811 Global Perspectives on Nursing and Health Policy (3)
NUTR 6602 Community Nutrition (3)
NUTR 6902 Study Tour in Foods and Nutrition (3)
NUTR 7204 Life Span Nutrition (3)
PUBH 7104 Large Data Sets in Public Health (3)
PUBH 7310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis
PUBH 7311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis
PUBH 7333 Addictive Behaviors
PUBH 7334 Community Based Participatory Research Methods
PUBH 7335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities
PUBH 7336 Women’s Health
PUBH 7337 Eating Behaviors, Nutrition, and the Family
PUBH 7338 Critical Issues in Global Health
PUBH 7339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health
PUBH 7340 Behavioral Intervention Development
PUBH 7341 Physical Activity and Public Health
PUBH 7342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations
PUBH 7343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control
PUBH 7345 Health Literacy
PUBH 7346 Public Mental Health
PUBH 7347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research
PUBH 7400 Special Problems
PUBH 7445 Genetic Epidemiology
PUBH 7501 Health Systems Organization
PUBH 7502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods
PUBH 7601 Public Health Preparedness and Response
PUBH 7603 Public Health Leadership in Emergency Response
PUBH 7309 Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health
Other courses may serve as electives; students should check with their advisors

Satisfy completion of PUBH 7985 Practicum/Field Experience (3)

Satisfy completion of PUBH 7996 Thesis (3) or PUBH 7992 Master's Project Seminar (3). NOTE: Students choosing the thesis option should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

Pass comprehensive examination.

D. Retention Requirements

All students enrolled in the MPH program are expected to attain high academic achievement in all courses taken. The following criteria will be used to determine retention status of students:

Students having been admitted unconditionally who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher will be considered in good standing if not more than 2 (two) grades of 2.00 or lower has been earned.

Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00. In accordance with the Graduate School guidelines, any student not meeting this requirement will be placed on probation. The MPH Graduate Coordinator will review each student's academic record to determine whether to request permission from the Graduate School to allow a student who has not maintained a 3.00 GPA to continue to enroll in classes while on probation. The Graduate Coordinator must approve courses for a student on probation. Probationary status continues even if the student has a grade under appeal. If a student remains on probation for two consecutive semesters or remains on probation after taking three courses (9 semester hours) without raising the overall GPA to 3.00, the student will be suspended from the program. Appeals of suspension must be submitted in writing to the Director of the MPH program.

A student who has been suspended from the MPH program will be denied enrollment in PUBH courses subsequent to suspension.

Elective courses applied to the MPH program requirements must have the advisor's approval.

IV. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences

SATISH KEDIA, PhD
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
205 Robison Hall
901.678.1433

Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

The PhD degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences is the highest academic degree for individuals planning to pursue scholarly careers in this discipline. This program is designed for those who intend to teach and conduct original research utilizing rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and influence the social and behavioral determinants of population health risk factors and outcomes. Graduates of the program are prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research in community settings with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, and to design, implement, administer, and evaluate public health interventions and policies. The program will emphasize urban health and health disparities issues in Tennessee and in the Mid-South region.

A. Program Admission

A research-based master’s degree in a health-related or social/behavioral field is required for admission. Applicants who possess professional master’s degrees (e.g., MPH) will be considered if they have appropriate research experience, such as having completed a thesis during master’s training, or being employed in a professional research position. Applicants must show potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their master's-level coursework. An acceptable, competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general examination is required. Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent may be exempted from the GRE requirement. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, or LSAT,) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees in medicine, dentistry, management, or law from a United States accredited academic institution. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL IBT).

Letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least two letters from former professors or instructors but fewer may be acceptable in extenuating circumstances) familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health scholar, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of purpose of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.

Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are made on the overall quality of the applicant’s scholarship and academic ability (based on GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate coursework completed, research conducted, relevant work experience, and recommendations) as well as the applicant’s “fit” for the program in terms of academic background, research interests, and career goals. Some applicants may be invited for a face-to-face or telephone interview with representatives of the Admissions Committee.

B. Program Prerequisites

All doctoral students are required to fulfill the following pre-requisites (9 credit hours) or document equivalent coursework. These three courses will not count toward the required 63 hours of doctoral study: PUBH 8150: Biostatistics Methods I; PUBH 8170: Epidemiology in Public Health; and PUBH 8160: Social and Behavioral Science Principles.

C. Program Requirements

Credit Hours: A minimum of 63 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree is required for the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences. All work for doctoral credit must be approved by, and must be completed at a level of performance satisfactory to, the graduate faculty of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students also may take coursework for degree credit outside the School of Public Health with advisor approval.

Transfer Credit: Graduate School regulations must be followed regarding accepting academic credits from another institution. Courses proposed for transfer credit must meet the following two requirements. (a) The Tennessee Board of Regents requires a minimum of 750 contact minutes for each semester credit (2250 for a 3-hour course). (b) The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools requires a minimum of 3 hours of class work per week for 3 hours of credit. Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

Enrollment: Full-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and to devote full time during their enrollment to the pursuit of degree-related activities. Full-time students with graduate assistantships are required to enroll for 9 credits each semester. Part-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 credits per semester, unless permission is granted from the advisor for a reduced course load.

Research: All doctoral students are expected to be active in research collaboratively with members of the Division faculty each semester they are enrolled. Students may receive credit for research involvement by enrolling in PUBH 8800 (Guided Research in Public Health).

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of required coursework and prior to enrolling in dissertation hours (PUBH 9000), the student must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive examination. The examination will assess mastery of areas covered in the student’s program. The content of the examination for each student will consist of core competencies in public health, social and behavioral sciences applied to public health, and dissertation topic. The student’s advisory committee will be responsible for organizing and evaluating the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation: To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the student must write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must adhere to the format outlined by the Graduate School. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student in consultation with the advisor with input from the advisory committee.

Residency Requirements: The last thirty semester hours of credit for the doctoral degree must be earned at the University of Memphis. Only the number of dissertation hours accepted by the program toward the degree will be accepted as part of the last 30 hours.

Curriculum Requirements: The PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences requires completion of at least 63 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Required courses are organized into four cores plus electives and dissertation, as described below:

Social and Behavioral Sciences Advanced Core: 18 credit hours
    The following are required courses:
    PUBH 8014 Public Health Communication (3)
    PUBH 8130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
    PUBH 8131 Social and Behavioral Science Policy Development (3)
    PUBH 8132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
    PUBH 8340 Behavioral Intervention Development (3)
    PUBH 8161 Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior (3)

Doctoral Seminar Core: 6 credit hours
    PUBH 8900: Science, Theory, and PH Research (3)
    PUBH 8901: Professional Development for PUBH Doctoral Students (3)

Research Methods Core: 9 credit hours
(Select two quantitative courses and one qualitative course)
    Quantitative Courses (select 2)
    HADM 8106 Health Services Research (3)
    PUBH 8104 Large Data Sets in Public Health Research (3)
    PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Methods (3)
    PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
    PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
    PUBH 8339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health (3)
    PUBH 8444 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (3)
    PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
    PSYC 8301 Research Design and Methods (3)

    Qualitative Courses (select 1)
    PSYC 8309 Focus Group Research in Psychology (3)
    PUBH 8334 Community Based Participatory Research Methods (3)
    PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research (3)

Biostatistics Core: 6 credit hours
    Required:
    PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
    Select one additional course:
    PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics (3)
    PUBH 8305 Quantitative Methods of Review in Research (3)
    PSYC 8308 Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
    PUBH 8306 Linear Structural Modeling (3)
    PUBH 8310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis (3)
    PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Electives: 15 Credit hours
At least two of the five elective courses should be taken from within the public health offerings. Electives must be approved by the major advisor. Students entering the program with a completed MPH or other health-related graduate degree may request a waiver for courses that have been completed.
    Public Health Electives:
    PUBH 8140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
    PUBH 8333 Addictive Behaviors (3)
    PUBH 8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities (3)
    PUBH 8336 Women’s Health (3)
    PUBH 8337 Eating Behaviors, Nutrition, and the Family (3)
    PUBH 8338 Critical Issues in Global Health (3)
    PUBH 8341 Physical Activity and Public Health (3)
    PUBH 8342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations (3)
    PUBH 8343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control (3)
    PUBH 8345 Health Literacy (3)
    PUBH 8346 Public Mental Health (3)
    PUBH 8400 Special Problems (3)
    PUBH 8442 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
    PUBH 8443 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
    PUBH 8445 Genetic Epidemiology (3)
    PUBH 8501 Health Systems Organizations (3)
    PUBH 8502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods (3)
    PUBH 8800 Guided Research in Public Health* (1-3)

*Up to 9 credit hours of PUBH 8800 may be applied toward the Electives requirement.

    Other Electives:
    COMM 8016 Health Communication Campaigns (3)
    EDPR 8109 Infant Development (3)
    EDPR 8110 Early Childhood Development (3)
    EDPR 8165 Social Development in Children (3)
    ENGL 8014 Workshop on Public Health Care Writing (3)
    ENGL 8819 Rhetoric of Science (3)
    ESCI 8613 GIS and Human Health (3)
    PSYC 8217 Social Psychology (3)
    PSYC 8416 Child Psychopathology (3)
    PSYC 8506 Grant Writing (3)
    SOCI 8851 Medical Sociology (3)

Dissertation: 9 credit hours

Dissertation and Final Examination: The dissertation is viewed as the capstone of the student’s academic training, reflecting the student’s capacity for independent research. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before beginning to write. Upon completion of an independent dissertation research project acceptable to the faculty, each student will take a final oral examination oriented toward, but not exclusively on, the student’s dissertation research and major area of specialization.
Students are required to take 9 credit hours toward their dissertation at The University of Memphis.

V. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Epidemiology

FAWAZ MZAYEK, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
300 Robinson Hall
901.678.1662

Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

 

The School of Public Health at The University of Memphis offers a PhD degree in Epidemiology, the highest academic degree for individuals planning to pursue scholarly careers in this discipline. This program is designed for those who intend to teach and conduct original research utilizing rigorous scientific theories and methods, as well as be active in advocating and promoting health policies and intervention programs to improve the general health of societies. The program will emphasize urban health and health disparities issues in Tennessee and in the Mid-South region.

A. Program Admission

A master's degree is required for admission. Applicants must show potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their master's-level coursework. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the past five years is required. Competitive scores on the GRE are considered in the admissions decision. Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent may be exempted from the GRE requirement. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, or LSAT,) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward or who have already earned post-baccalaureate degrees for example, in medicine, dentistry, management, or law. Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the testing agency. The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459.

All applicants who will be attending the University on a visa and who are not native speakers of English and are not graduates of the University of Memphis must supply a minimum score of 96 (80%) on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), or an equivalent score on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT).

Letters of recommendation from three individuals (at least one letter from a former professor or instructor) familiar with the applicant's academic background or experience in public health related issues, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health scholar, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the PhD in Epidemiology will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.

Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admissions decisions are made on the overall quality of the applicant's scholarship and academic ability (based on GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate coursework completed, research conducted, and recommendations) as well as the applicant's "fit" for the program in terms of research interests and career goals.

B. Program Prerequisites

All doctoral students are required to fulfill the following pre-requisites (6 credit hours) or document equivalent coursework. These two courses will not count toward the required 63 hours of doctoral study:

a) PUBH 8150: Biostatistics Methods I (3)
b) PUBH 8170: Epidemiology in Public Health I (3)

C. Program Requirements

Credit Hours: To qualify for graduation, students need to complete a minimum of 54 semester hours of graduate course work beyond the master's degree plus 9 hours of PUBH 9000 (Doctoral Dissertation), for a minimum of 63 graduate credit hours. No more than 9 hours of dissertation credits will count toward the degree.

Transfer credit: Graduate School regulations must be followed regarding accepting academic credits from another institution. Courses proposed for transfer credit must meet the following two requirements. (a) The Tennessee Board of Regents requires a minimum of 750 contact minutes for each semester credit (2250 for a 3-hour course). (b) The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools requires a minimum of 3 hours of class work per week for 3 hours of credit. Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

Enrollment: Full-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and to devote full time during their enrollment to the pursuit of degree-related activities. Full-time students with graduate assistantships are required to enroll for 9 credits each semester. Part-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 credits per semester, unless permission is granted from the advisor for a reduced course load.

Research: All doctoral students are expected to be active in research collaboratively with members of the Division faculty each semester they are enrolled. Students may receive credit for research involvement by enrolling in PUBH 8800 (Guided Research in Public Health).

Retention requirements: Students must earn a grade of B (3. 0) or higher in all required courses. The PhD program will adhere to Graduate School policy regarding course grades and repetition of courses. All courses applied toward PhD degree program requirements must have the advisor's written approval.

Residency Requirements: The last 30 credit hours must be earned at The University of Memphis. Credit will be transferred to apply toward a doctoral program upon approval of the student's advisory committee in accordance with Graduate School policy.

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of required coursework and prior to enrolling in dissertation hours (PUBH 9000), the student must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive exam. The exam will assess mastery of areas covered in the student's program. The content of the examination for each student will consist of core competencies in public health, epidemiology, and dissertation topic. The student's advisory committee will be responsible for organizing and evaluating the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation: To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Epidemiology, the student must write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must adhere to the format outlined by the Graduate School. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student in consultation with the advisor and input from the advisory committee.

D. Program Curriculum:

Epidemiology Research Methods Core: 12 credit hours
PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Method (3)
PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)

Epidemiology Advanced Core: 9 credit hours
NURS 8103 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
PUBH 8104 Large Datasets and Public Health Research (3)
PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods for Reviewing Research (meta-analysis) (3)

Epidemiology Subject Matter Core: 9 credit hours
(Select three)
PUBH 8442 Cancer Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 8443 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3)
PUBH 8140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease (3)
PUBH 8122 Environmental Health II (3)
PUBH 8445 Genetic Epidemiology (3)

Biostatistics Core: 9 credit hours
Required:
PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)
(Plus, Select two of the following)
PSYC 8302 Advanced Statistics I (Regression) (3)
PSYC 8303 Advanced Statistics II (ANOVA) (3)
PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics (3)
PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods for Research Review (3)
PSYC 8306 Linear structural modeling (3)
PSYC 8308 Applied multivariate statistics (3)
PUBH 8310 Mixed Models Regression (3)
PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)
PUBH 8309 Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health (3)

Doctoral Seminar: 6 credit hours
PUBH 8900 Science,Theory and PH Research (3)
PUBH 8901 Professional Development for Public Health Doctoral Students (3)

Dissertation: 9 credit hours
PUBH 9000 Doctoral Dissertation (9)

Epidemiology Electives: at least 9 credit hours
Students entering the program with a completed MPH or other health-related graduate degree may have taken some of the required courses in the epidemiology core, such as Biostatistics Methods II or Survey Methodology or equivalent courses. These students can request a waiver from those courses and take additional courses from epidemiology advanced core, epidemiology subject matter core or electives to meet the 63 credit hour minimum requirement.

Public Health Electives: 
PUBH 7200 SPSS for Health Care Professionals (1*)
PUBH 7201 SAS for Health Care Professionals (1*)
PUBH 8130 Social Determinants of Health (3)
PUBH 8132 Health Program Evaluation (3)
PUBH 8135 Social Network Concepts in Public Health (3)
PUBH 8165 Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3)
PUBH 8161 Advanced Psychosocial Theories of Health and Health Behavior (3)
PUBH 8334 Community Based Participatory Research (3)
PUBH 8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities (3)
PUBH 8336 Women's Health (3)
PUBH 8338 Critical Issues in Global Health (3)
PUBH 8339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health (3)
PUBH 8341 Physical Activity and Public Health (3)
PUBH 8342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations (3)
PUBH 8343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control (3)
PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research (3)
PUBH 8400 Special Problems (3)
PUBH 8444 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (3)
PUBH 8447 Public Health Genomics (3)
PUBH 8501 Health Systems Organization (3)
PUBH 8502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods (3)
PUBH 8800 Guided Research in Public Health** (1-9)

Other Electives:
BIOL 8080 Public Health Microbiology (3)
ESCI 8613 GIS and Human Health (3)
PSYC 8506 Grant Writing (3)

*Do not count towards graduation
** Up to 9 credit hours of PUBH 8800 may be applied toward the electives requirement

VI. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Systems and Policy

DAN GENTRY, PhD
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
137 Robison Hall
901.678.3437


Email: sph-admin@memphis.edu

The PhD degree in Health Systems and Policy (HSP) is the highest academic degree for individuals planning to pursue scholarly careers in this discipline. The HSP PhD is designed for those who want to teach and conduct research utilizing evidence-based best practices and rigorous scientific theories and methods to understand and improve the structure, process, and outcomes of health systems, as well as the transformative nature of healthcare data and evidence; and the need to address health systems issues within the context of improving population health. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary, and translational research and a variety of academic, government, and non-profit health settings.

A. Program Admission

A master’s degree in a public health, health services administration, health policy or other related health field is required for admission. Applicants for the doctoral program must show potential for further study by having maintained a GPA of at least a 3.0 average in their master's‐level coursework. An acceptable, competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) from the past five years is required. Applicants already holding a doctoral degree or its professional equivalent from a U.S. university may be exempted from the GRE requirement. Other professional school standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT,) may be substituted for the GRE by applicants who are working toward, or who have already earned, post‐baccalaureate degrees in medicine, dentistry, management, or law earned in the U.S. Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the testing agency. The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459.

All applicants who will be attending the University on a visa, are non-native English speakers, and are not University of Memphis graduates must supply a minimum score of 96 (80%) on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or an equivalent score on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT).

Letters of recommendation from three professionals (at least two letters from former professors) familiar with the applicant’s academic background or experience in public health related work, specifying in detail the applicant’s capabilities for graduate study and for future performance as a public health scholar, are required. Applicants must also submit a personal statement of approximately 750 to 1000 words indicating his/her present interests and career goals, including how the PhD in Health Systems and Policy will prepare the candidate to achieve these goals.

Materials submitted will be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee. Admission decisions are based upon the overall quality of the applicant’s scholarship and academic ability (i.e., GPAs, GRE scores, undergraduate and graduate coursework completed, research conducted, and recommendations), as well as the applicant’s “fit” for the program in terms of research interests and career goals.

Students are usually admitted to the HSP PhD program for the fall semester. The priority application deadline is December 1, guaranteed consideration deadline is February 1, and final application deadline is April 1. 

B. Program Prerequisites

All HSP doctoral students are required to fulfill the following pre-requisites (9 credit hours) or document equivalent coursework. These three courses will not count toward the required 60 hours of doctoral study: PUBH 8150: Biostatistics Methods I; PUBH 8170: Epidemiology in Public Health; and PUBH 8105: Health Policy and the Organization of Health Services.

C. Program Requirements

Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree is required for the PhD in Health Systems and Policy. All work for doctoral credit must be approved by, and must be completed at a level of performance satisfactory to, the graduate faculty of the Division of Health Systems Management and Policy. Students also may take coursework for degree credit outside the School of Public Health with advisor approval.

Transfer Credit: Graduate School regulations must be followed regarding accepting academic credits from another institution. Courses proposed for transfer credit must meet the following two requirements. (a) The Tennessee Board of Regents requires a minimum of 750 contact minutes for each semester credit (2250 for a 3-hour course). (b) The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools requires a minimum of 3 hours of class work per week for 3 hours of credit. Grades earned at another institution will not be computed in the University cumulative grade point average, nor will they be accepted for transfer, unless they are "B" (3.0) or better. No credit will be transferred unless it meets with the approval of the major advisor or program graduate coordinator.

Enrollment: Full-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and to devote full time during their enrollment to the pursuit of degree-related activities. Full-time students with graduate assistantships are required to enroll for 9 credits each semester. Part-time students are expected to carry a minimum of 6 credits per semester, unless permission is granted from the advisor for a reduced course load.

Research: All doctoral students are expected to be active in research collaboratively with members of the Division faculty each semester they are enrolled. Students may receive credit for research involvement by enrolling in PUBH 8800 (Guided Research in Public Health).

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of required coursework and prior to enrolling in dissertation hours (PUBH 9000), the student must successfully complete a written and oral comprehensive examination. The examination will assess mastery of areas covered in the student’s program. The content of the examination for each student will consist of core competencies in public health and health systems and policy applied to public health, health services and policy, and dissertation topic. The student’s advisory committee will be responsible for organizing and evaluating the comprehensive examination.

Dissertation: To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Health Systems and Policy, the student must write and defend a dissertation. The dissertation must adhere to the format outlined by the Graduate School. The dissertation topic will be determined by the student in consultation with the advisor with input from the advisory committee.

Residency Requirements: The last thirty semester hours of credit for the doctoral degree must be earned at the University of Memphis. Only the number of dissertation hours accepted by the program toward the degree will be accepted as part of the last 30 hours.

D. Program Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements: The PhD in Health Systems and Policy requires completion of at least 60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Required courses are organized into four cores plus electives and dissertation, as described below.

Health Systems and Policy Core: 21 credit hours
The following are required courses:

  • PUBH 8710 Health Care Economics (3)
  • HADM 8102 Health Care Law (3)
  • HADM 8204 Quality and Outcomes Management in Health Care (3)
  • PUBH 8502 Health Policy, Theory and Methods (3)
  • PUBH 8503 Health Systems Decision-Making (3)
  • PUBH 8504 IT & Organizational Change (3)
  • PUBH 8109 Health Care information Systems (3)

Doctoral Seminar Core: 6 credit hours
The following are required courses:

  • PUBH 8900: Science, Theory, and Public Health Research (3)
  • PUBH 8901: Professional Development for Public Health Doctoral Students (3)

Research Methods Core:9 credit hours
Required course:

  • HADM 8106 Health Services Research (3)

Select two additional courses (6 credit hours):

  • PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Methods (3)
  • PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II (3)
  • PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III (3)
  • PUBH 8339 Translational Research Methods in Population Health (3)
  • PUBH 8444 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (3)
  • PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
  • PUBH 8334 Community Based Participatory Research Methods (3)
  • PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research (3)

Biostatistics Core: 9 credit hours
Required: 

  • PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II (3)

Select two additional courses (6 credit hours):

  • PSYC 8302 Advanced Statistics
  • PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics (3)
  • PUBH 8305 Quantitative Methods of Review in Research (3)
  • PSYC 8308 Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
  • PUBH 8306 Linear Structural Modeling (3)
  • PUBH 8310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis (3)
  • PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)
  • PSYC 8301 Research Design and Methods
  • PUBH 8104 Large Data Sets in Public Health Research (3)

Electives: 6 Credit hours
Electives must be approved by the major advisor. Students entering the program with a completed MPH, MHA, or other health-related graduate degree may request a waiver for courses that have been completed.

Dissertation: 9 credit hours
Required:

  • PUBH 9000 Doctoral Dissertation (9)

Dissertation and Final Examination: The dissertation is viewed as the capstone of the student’s academic training, reflecting the student’s capacity for independent research. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before beginning to write. Upon completion of an independent dissertation research project acceptable to the faculty, each student will take a final oral examination oriented toward, but not exclusively on, the student’s dissertation research and major area of specialization.

Students are required to take 9 credit hours toward their dissertation at the University of Memphis.

VII. Graduate Certificate in Population Health

A. Admissions Requirements:
Students must have completed a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 and apply for admission to the Graduate School with the classification of "Graduate Certificate." To apply students must submit:

  1. Transcripts of undergraduate degree program and any prior graduate study to Graduate Admissions.
  2. An application and one-page letter describing their intent to pursue the certificate and its relevance to their career goals to the Academic Services Coordinator of the School of Public Health.
  3. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score.
  4. Acceptance into the certificate program is not an implied acceptance into any master's degree program.

B. Program Requirements: Completion of five courses (15 semester credit hours), as follows:

  • PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I (3) (Fall)
  • PUBH 7170 Epidemiology in Public Health (3) (Fall)
  • HADM 7105 Health Policy and Organization of Health Services (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7160 Social and Behavioral Sciences Principles (3) (Spring)
  • PUBH 7120 Environmental Health I (3) (Spring)

C. Graduation Requirements:

  1. The student must complete all five required courses with a minimum grade of B in each course.
  2. All courses towards certification must be completed within five years.

In the semester of graduation, the student must submit the Apply to Graduate Form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the School's Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.

VIII. Graduate Certificate in Health Analytics
The Certificate in Health Analytics is designed to provide students with core training in health analytics, including skills in biostatistics, predictive modeling, text mining, and advanced programming/data skills demanded by community and health care institutions today. Offered by the School of Public Health, this Certificate requires 5 courses (15 hours) of graduate coursework. Students completing this certificate program will be competitive for a wide number of positions in the health care field.

A. Admissions Requirements
Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants

  • Complete admission to The University of Memphis and the School of Public Health
  • A minimum of a BS/BA in a related field with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale.

B. Program Requirements
Participants complete 15 credits hours of graduate work obtained from completing these five required courses:

  1. PUBH 7150, Biostatistical Methods I (3)
  2. PUBH 7152, Biostatistical Methods II (3)
  3. PUBH 7308/8308, Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
  4. PUBH 7109, SAS Programming for Public Health Professionals I (3)
  5. PUBH 7104/8104, Large Data Sets (3)

For students who have already taken one or more of the above courses or equivalence prior to entering the Certificate program, following is a list of 6 elective classes from which students can choose to meet the 15 credit hours requirement: (For example, if a student has already taken SAS I, the student might wish to take SAS II to further develop their analytic skills.)

Electives that students may take if required courses have already been taken:

  1. HADM 7109/8109, Health Information Systems (3)
  2. PUBH 7153/8153, Biostatistics in Bioinformatics (3)
  3. PUBH 7210, SAS Programming for Public Health Professionals II (3)
  4. PUBH 7309/8309, Applied Survival Analysis in Public Health (3)
  5. PUBH 7310/8310, Mixed Model Regression Analysis (3)
  6. PUBH 7311/8311,  Applied Categorical Data Analysis (3)


C. Progression/Retention Requirements

  • All students in the certification program must maintain a 3.0 graduate GPA.
  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or better is required for certification.
  • All courses towards certification must be completed within 7 years.

 

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