Degree Requirements

The PhD in Health Policy and Administration (HPA) program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours. This program includes the following course requirements:

PhD Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (46 semester hours)

  • BSTT 400 – Biostatistics I (4 semester hours)*
  • BSTT 401 – Biostatistics II (4 semester hours)*
  • EPID 403 – Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods (3 semester hours)*
  • IPHS 520 – Public Health Frameworks for Researchers (required for all PhD students without an MPH degree) (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 599 – PhD Dissertation Research (minimum 32 semester hours)

* Only required if not previously taken at the master’s level.

Optional Concentrations

Two optional concentrations are offered:

  • Health services and outcomes:  designed to provide the research skills necessary to study the organization, access, financing and delivery of health services
  • Health economics:  provides the research skills necessary to evaluate the policies that influence population health and the political environment