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PhD in Global Health Management and Policy

The PhD program in Global Health Management and Policy (GHMP) provides doctoral study in health systems research and analysis methodology, health policy planning and analysis, and management strategies. The program provides in-depth study in research approaches and methods and the application of these skills to health systems research.  The highly variable character of health systems around the world demands capable researchers who are able to analyze and understand these changes and trends and to make recommendations. Graduates pursue careers in academia, health systems research and policy analysis in the health care industry.

Program Competencies
  • Acquire knowledge of theories and supporting concepts pertinent to applied, multi-disciplinary, public health research.
  • Outline and articulate the key elements of the research process from identifying the research question, selecting a theoretical framework, developing a study design, using appropriate methodologies, conducting the analysis, and interpreting the results.
  • Compare advantages and disadvantages of different formal study designs and approaches. Provide feasible alternative standard research designs for given research.
  • Develop and write an original research protocol or prospectus that includes identifying the research question, selecting a theoretical framework, developing a study design, using appropriate methodologies, conducting the analysis, and interpreting the results.
  • Develop and use instruments for primary and secondary data collection and perform data analysis using correct and appropriate research methods.
  • Disseminate and discuss research knowledge and findings to appropriate audiences.
Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the school's admission requirements for entrance into Doctoral  programs. The GHMP faculty conduct interviews with applications and match the applicant with a faculty with similar research interests who is able to mentor a doctoral student.

Degree Program Requirements

The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 post baccalaureate degree credits, with at least 30 credits of advanced courses work taken at SPHTM. Up to 42 credits of course work may be applied from a MPH or other master’s degree. The master’s courses are reviewed and those fulfilling the required competencies are applied toward the 72 credits for the PhD. If prerequisite knowledge or skills are needed for advanced PhD study, these are determined on an individual basis and theses courses do not count toward the 30 credits of advanced study. The advisor works with the student to outline a course of study in the doctoral program (See PhD handbook).

Prerequisite Coursework

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3) or equivalent
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3) or equivalent
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems, Policy and Management (3) or equivalent

Advanced Doctoral Study (26 Credits)

  • GHSD 7900 Applied Interdisciplinary Approaches for Health Services Research (3)
  • GHSD 7950 Research Approaches and Design for Global Health (3) or ESCD 8770 Research Design and Methods (3) or GCHB 8760 Social Determinants of Health II (3)
  • GCHB 8250 Advanced Research Methods in Global Health (3)
  • GHSD 8350 Policy Analysis with Natural Experiments and Panel Data (3)
  • ESCD 8310 Organizational Theory and Assessment (3)
  • ESCD 8410 Cost Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (3)
  • ESCD 8780 Qualitative Research Methods (3) or GCHB 6290 Qualitative Methods II: Theory and Methods (2)
  • ESCD 8900 Advanced Health Services Research Theory and Design (3)
  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)

Elective Courses (4 credits)

Electives are selected from relevant advanced level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. Additional credits may be needed to obtain a total of 72 credits. No more than 12 credits of special (independent) studies may be applied toward the doctoral degree.

Comprehensive Exam

On completion of doctoral coursework, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate global health management and policy PhD program competencies.

Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination that tests students’ ability to demonstrate mastery of theory, research design, analytic skills; and knowledge of a substantive subject area. These skills represent the research focus of the Global Health Management and Policy Department. The exam is coordinated by the GHMP Doctoral Program Director and is offered once a year only in the spring (March/April) over four day period. If a student does not pass the exam, they have one opportunity to retake it. A retake will be offered during the fall semester of the same year, and the same GHMP Doctoral Exam Committee will preside over the retake exam.

Doctoral Committee (See PhD handbook)

After successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student forms a dissertation committee and develops a prospectus. The committee must include a minimum of three members with at least two faculty from the Department of Global Health Management and Policy and one external to the school.

Prospectus (See PhD handbook)

Students work with their advisor and doctoral committee to determine a research hypothesis and prepare a prospectus of proposed dissertation research. The research prospectus is presented and defended at least one semester before the dissertation defense. Following the successful defense of the prospectus, students are admitted to PhD candidacy and proceed with dissertation research.

Dissertation (See PhD handbook)

Students must conduct original research and defend a dissertation based on that research. The dissertation research demonstrates scholarly work and is the basis for the dissertation. The student defends the dissertation to their committee; the dissertation committee and SPHTM Executive Faculty approve the dissertation.

Degree Program Requirements (entry prior to Fall 2018)

The PhD program requires a minimum of 72 post-baccalaureate degree credits with at least 30 credits of doctoral study at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 42 credits may be applied from the MPH or equivalent master’s degree.  These credits will be reviewed and those that do not fulfill the PhD competencies may not be accepted. If a prerequisite course or equivalent has not been fulfilled, the student must take the course in addition to the 30 credits of advanced doctoral study, but may count toward the total 72 credits.

The advisor works with the student to outline a course of study in the doctoral program. If the doctoral student does not have a prior public health degree, they must obtain a grounding in public health. See Doctoral Student Handbook.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods 1
  • GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy

Advanced Doctoral Study (at least 30 credits)

  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3)
  • GHSD 7900 Applied Interdisciplinary Approaches for Health Services Research (3)
  • GHSD 7950 Research Approaches and Design for Global Health (3) OR ESCD 8770 Research Design and Methods (3) OR GCHB 8760 Social Determinants of Health II (3)
  • GCHB 8250 Advanced Research Methods in Global Health (3)
  • GHSD 8350 Policy Analysis with Natural Experiments and Panel Data (3)
  • ESCD 8310 Organizational Theory and Assessment (3)
  • ESCD 8410 Cost Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (3)
  • ESCD 8780 Qualitative Research Methods (3) OR GCHB 6290 Qualitative Methods II: Theory and Methods (2)
  • ESCD 8900 Advanced Health Services Research Theory and Design (3)
  • SPHL 8500 Interdisciplinary Seminar (2)

Elective Courses

Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. Additional credits may be needed to obtain a total of 72 credits.

Research Ethics

Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.

Comprehensive Exam

On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate global health management and policy PhD program competencies.

Prospectus

Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.

Dissertation

Students must conduct original health services research and defend a dissertation based on that research.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Mark Diana, PhD

Program Director: Valerie Yeager, DrPH

Department Administrator: Alison Rinehart

Email: ghmp@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5428

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