The PhD program in Health Policy and Management (HPAM) 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.
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.
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).
Advanced Doctoral Study (26 Credits)
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.
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 Health Policy and Management Department. The exam is coordinated by the HPAM 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 HPAM 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 Health Policy and Management 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.
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.
Advanced Doctoral Study (at least 30 credits)
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.
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.
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.
Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.
Students must conduct original health services research and defend a dissertation based on that research.
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