The program trains students for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy and Management (HPAM). It aims to develop researchers, educators and policymakers who can contribute to improving the health of populations around the world. The program will equip students with a broad knowledge of theoretical underpinnings, nuanced understanding of experimental design, and a detailed knowledge of rigorous empirical methods to advance research in management and policy. Students will also have applied experience communicating and interpreting findings based on these techniques to appropriate policy and management audiences. Students' area specializations will likely reflect the major strengths of the HPAM faculty which include health care cost, access, and quality with a focus on health disparities.
Applicants must meet the school's admission requirements for entrance into Doctoral programs. The HPM faculty conduct interviews with applications and match the applicant with a faculty with similar research interests who is able to mentor a doctoral student.
Please visit the university course catalog for degree program competencies and requirements.
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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