Ph.D. in Health Sciences
The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences degree program is designed to prepare allied health professionals to assume major leadership, research and educational positions within their professions, as well as to provide career advancement opportunities. The PhD in Health Sciences is a broad-based, interdisciplinary/interprofessional degree that will allow graduates to place their individual health field in the context of the allied health disciplines, the health care delivery system as a whole, and the larger issues of health and wellness across the continuum of the health care system. Graduates will be well prepared to assume essential roles as faculty and researchers at colleges and universities, as well as assuming leadership roles in clinical agencies, governmental and health care organizations, and industry.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences offers specialization tracks in Emergency Medical Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Respiratory Care, as well as a generalist concentration in Health Sciences. The program of study for the Doctor of Philosophy degree includes formal courses and electives in research design, statistical methods, health systems management, communications (publications and grant writing), education, leadership, and advanced course work in a health science professional track.
General graduate admissions standards and program-specific admissions standards are listed below. Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or graduate degree (master’s or professional doctorate) in a relevant allied health discipline such as emergency health sciences, medical laboratory sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, respiratory care, or speech language pathology or other relevant field (e.g. public health, imaging sciences, radiation therapy, dental hygiene or other health-related discipline). Students entering with a bachelor’s degree must take an additional 30 semester hours of graduate level course work, as approved by the individual student’s major advisor and the program director as a part of the student’s program plan. These hours may be taken from existing graduate programs offered by UT Health San Antonio as part of one of the existing allied health professional degree programs, or graduate courses offered by the School of Nursing, School of Medicine or Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Students entering the program with a master’s degree in an allied health related discipline from a regionally accredited college or university will receive credit for up to 30 semester hours of their master’s degree professional program. Acceptance of transfer credits from another graduate program must be approved by the Registrar and the student’s major advisor and program director.
With permission from their major advisor and the program COGS, students entering the program with a professional doctorate (e.g. audiology doctorate [AuD], Doctor of Physical Therapy [DPT], or Occupational Therapy Doctorate [OTD]), may apply credit from their professional doctoral degree towards the 30-credit hour requirement. With permission, these students may also apply up to 9 SCH of additional doctoral level professional coursework towards the PhD specialization area requirements. A limited number of students may be allowed to enroll concurrently in School of Health Professions professional doctoral programs (e.g. OTD/PhD, DPT/PhD).
Applicants must provide official transcripts from each college or university attended and documentation of appropriate certification and/or licensure (as applicable) in their health profession by a major U.S. certification/licensing agency.
Courses taken outside the United States may be considered for transfer with the approval of the program director, but all such courses must be evaluated by a NACES member and be judged equivalent by U.S. standards.
- Possess a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Complete any prerequisite courses (where required) with a grade of 3.0 or better. Students entering with a bachelor's degree must take an additional 30 semester hours of graduate level course work and graduate professional program course work will require specific undergraduate prerequisites. Students entering with a master’s degree or higher in an allied health discipline will not be required to complete additional prerequisite courses.
- Documentation of certification and/or license in an allied health or allied health related discipline (as applicable).
- Three letters of recommendation from persons who are knowledgeable about the quality of the applicant’s scholarly activities and/or work experiences.
- Acceptable healthcare experience in the professional area of study is required for admission. Prior research experience, especially in a health sciences environment, will also be considered and has the benefit of increasing the candidate's understanding of the biomedical research process.
- Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by an acceptable evaluation agency translation for each course (NACES®, e.g. WES or ECE).
- International applicants only: Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; minimum scores 84 (Internet based test) or IELTS advanced version Band score of ≥ 7.0
- Specific admission requirements may be waived by the Graduate Faculty Council. Requests for waivers will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are strongly encouraged, but not required.
Students must complete 98 semester credit hours (SCH) in order to graduate from the program. For students entering with a master’s or professional doctoral degree (e.g., DPT, OTD) the minimum number of semester hours required for completion of the PhD degree in Health Sciences will be 68 semester credits (SCH). Students holding a master’s degree or professional doctoral degree will be able to transfer up to 30 SCH into the PhD program. Students holding a professional doctorate (e.g. DPT, OTD) may request that up to 21 SCH of additional course work completed in their professional doctoral program be transferred in and applied toward their professional track PhD program requirements.
Students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree in an allied health related area or complete 30 SCH of other acceptable graduate credit. Including the master’s degree course work (30 SCH), a total of 98 SCH is required for award of the PhD for students entering the program with a bachelor’s degree.
After passing a comprehensive written examination on fundamental principles related to the Health Professions and the chosen area of specialization, students must complete and successfully defend their dissertation research proposals (i.e. dissertation prospectus) as certified by their advisory committees. The PhD program is intended to advance the science and practice of the allied health sciences by providing a link between the sciences, clinical research and practice. Award of the PhD degree demonstrates the capability of independent research and recognizes a unique contribution to scientific knowledge. Upon completion of candidates’ research projects, successful defense of the dissertation is required in order to meet degree requirements.
Sample Plan of Study
The PhD program in Health Sciences consists of four major core areas: Education (12 SCH), Research & Statistics (16 SCH), Leadership (10 SCH), and the Professional Track (9 SCH). The nine (9) hours of Professional Track credit provides advanced cognate courses in specific allied health disciplines. Specialization areas may include emergency health sciences, medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, respiratory care, speech-language pathology, and health sciences. The specialization in health sciences may include additional course work in outcomes research, health sciences education, health systems management, and clinical services.
In addition to the coursework described above, students must complete 12 SCH of elective course work which may include the advanced biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, education, management and supervision, leadership principles, measurement and statistics, and additional research courses that are available at UT Health San Antonio. Elective courses will require approval by the student’s major advisor and the program director and will be individualized based on the student’s interests and career goals. Students may request completion of elective course work at other regionally accredited colleges and universities offering appropriate doctoral level graduate course work. Student learning outcomes for the PhD in Health Sciences have been developed for each major core area and are mapped to individual courses.
Each student will have an individualized Program Plan which will include the prescribed core courses in education, research, statistics, leadership, and the professional tract, as well as a projected timeline for completion. Electives will be included in the student’s program plan, based on the student’s interests and career goals. Each student’s individualized Program Plan (i.e. Plan of Study) must be approved by the program’s Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS).
Students holding a master’s degree (or higher) in an allied health related discipline will be able to transfer up to 30 SCH into the PhD program. For students holding an appropriate master’s degree, the minimum number of additional semester hours required for the PhD degree in Health Sciences will be 68 semester credit hours (not including the master’s degree requirement of 30 SCH). Students entering the program with only a bachelor’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree in an allied health specialty or complete 30 SCH of acceptable graduate credit for a total of 98 SCH. Students holding a professional doctorate (e.g. DPT, OTD) may request that up to 21 SCH of additional course work completed in their professional doctoral program be transferred in, and applied toward elective and/or professional track PhD program requirements.
|Education Core Courses (12 SCH)|
|HSCI 7001||Foundation of Education||3|
|HSCI 7002||Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|HSCI 7003||Methods and Evaluation||3|
|HSCI 7004||Teaching Practicum||3|
|Research Core Courses (16 SCH)|
|HSCI 7101||Research Design I||3|
|HSCI 7102||Research Design II||3|
|HSCI 7103||Statistics I||3|
|or NURS 7316||Statistical Analysis For Nursing Science|
|HSCI 7104||Statistics II||3|
|or NURS 7375||Regression Models For Nursing Science|
|HSCI 7105||Introduction to Grantsmanship||2|
|or TSCI 6064||Grantsmanship and Peer Review|
|HSCI 7106||Research Seminar 1||1|
|HSCI 7107||Research Seminar 2||1|
|Leadership Core Courses (10 SCH)|
|HSCI 7201||Leadership Theory||3|
|HSCI 7202||Issues and Trends in Health Care||3|
|HSCI 7203||Ethics in Clinical and Research Settings||1|
|HSCI 7204||Management and Supervision||3|
|or RESC 5013||Management & Leadership in Health Profession|
|Research Dissertation (9 SCH)|
|Total Credit Hours||47|
Professional Track Courses (9 Credit Hours Required)
Medical Laboratory Sciences
|MLSC 5013||Medical Toxicology/Therapeutic Drug Monitoring||3|
|MLSC 6000||Advanced Diagnostic Microbiology||2|
|MLSC 6003||Evidence-based Medicine in Medical Laboratory Science||3|
|MLSC 7091||Selected Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences||1-9|
|MLSC 7097||Research in Medical Laboratory Sciences||3-6|
|Courses chosen from the Master of Science Medical Laboratory Science course offerings. 1|
|OCCT 7110||Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice||3|
|OCCT 7114||Advanced Evidence-based Practice in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OCCT 7125||Population Health and Occupational Therapy||3|
|OCCT 7091||Selected Topics in Occupational Therapy||1-9|
|OCCT 7097||Research in Rehabilitation Sciences||3-6|
|Courses chosen from the Occupational Therapy course offerings. 1|
|PHYT 7801||Advanced Studies in Physical Therapy||3|
|PHYT 7802||Practicum in Clinical Practice||3|
|PHYT 7091||Selected Topics in Physical Therapy||1-9|
|PHYT 7097||Research in Rehabilitation Sciences||3-6|
|Courses chosen from the Physical Therapy course offerings. 1|
Physician Assistant Studies
|PHAS 7010||Current Issues in Physician Assistant Education||3|
|PHAS 7020||Physician Assistant Leadership and Governance||3|
|PHAS 7030||Research Topics in Physician Assistant Clinical and Professional Practice||3|
|PHAS 7091||Selected Topics in Physician Assistant Studies||1-9|
|Courses chosen from the Physician Assistant course offerings. 1|
|RESC 5015||Education in Respiratory Care||3|
|RESC 5023||Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing||3|
|RESC 7042||Advanced Clinical Practice||3|
|RESC 7091||Selected Topics in Cardiopulmonary Sciences||1-9|
|RESC 7097||Research in Cardiopulmonary Sciences||3-6|
|Courses chosen from the Master of Science Respiratory Care course offerings. 1|
|MSLP 5007||Motor Speech Disorders||3|
|MSLP 5009||Dysphagia in Adults and Children||3|
|MSLP 5012||Cognition and Communicative Disorders||3|
|MSLP 7091||Advanced Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders||1-9|
|Courses chosen from the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology course offerings. 1|
|HSCI 7303||Clinical Delivery||3|
|HSCI 7091||Selected Topics in Health Sciences||1-9|
Requires approval of the student's major advisor, the program director, and the respective department chair.
Electives (Up To 12 Credit Hours)
Elective courses should be a part of the student's program plan and must be approved by the student's major advisor, the program director and permission granted by the course instructor. Courses taken in other schools should be designated as open for cross enrollment and should follow the course cross-enrollment policies.
The educational objectives of the program are designed to prepare outstanding allied health professionals to assume major educational, leadership, and research positions within their professions, as well as to provide career advancement opportunities. The program will prepare individuals for careers as faculty in colleges and universities, as educators in multiple settings, as outcome and health services researchers and as leaders within allied health, and more broadly, within health care and higher education. The program is unique in Texas, providing an interdisciplinary/ interprofessional health science core and the opportunity to take additional, discipline specific course work and engage in research relevant to allied health. The outcome of the program will be a graduate who can address the larger issues of health and wellness across the health care continuum.
Each course is evaluated by students anonymously using a standardized course and instructor evaluation system (IDEA). The IDEA system provides each faculty, program director and department chair with a personalized on-line dashboard and a wealth of resources to improve instruction. Summary data is reviewed each semester by personnel in the School of Health Professions Dean’s office and distributed for review to each of the school’s departments. Course evaluations are reviewed by each faculty member and the program director. Suggestions for change and additions are incorporated as appropriate.
Program Outcomes Assessment includes administration and review of annual Graduate Exit Surveys, Graduate Six-Month Follow-Up Surveys, graduate job placement, and monitoring graduate career success in achieving leadership positions.
Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The goals of the program are to: (1) prepare competent health science professionals at the doctorate level to assume leadership roles as educators, researchers and leaders; (2) provide leadership training in specific clinical-related allied health specialty areas; 3) develop individuals who can formulate appropriate questions, organize and test hypotheses, and apply research results to improve health care.
Student Learning Outcomes for the PhD in Health Sciences have been developed for each major core area and are mapped to individual courses. The four major core areas which all students must complete are: Education (12 SCH), Research and Statistics (16 SCH), Leadership (10 SCH) and Professional Track (9 SCH). The nine hours of professional track credit provides advanced cognate courses in specific allied health sciences. In addition students will take up to 12 hours of elective courses, which will be individualized based on the student’s interests and career goals. The 12 hours of electives may include advanced science courses, leadership, measurement and statistics, and research courses that are available at UT Health Science Center. Elective courses will require approval by the student’s major advisor.
Students must complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of dissertation, generally over a one-year period (at least two semesters). Because this is a PhD in Health Sciences (vs. a doctoral program in a specific allied health professional area), outcomes for the major core areas are the same for all students for the education, research and statistics and leadership core areas.
Prior to graduation, all students in the program will demonstrate achievement of the competencies described below in each of the core competency areas of education, research, and leadership. Students will also demonstrate achievement of the required competencies in their individual professional track cognate areas.
Education Core (12 SCH)
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate enhanced critical thinking and analytical skills related to educational program design, development, implementation, administration and evaluation.
- Exhibit the capacity for educational leadership within the setting of higher education.
- Understand learning theory as applied to professional and adult education.
- Apply learning theory to development and application of teaching methods and specific learning platforms.
- Integrate learning theory and methods into the curriculum to include program and course design, delivery, administration and evaluation.
- Integrate the historical, philosophical, social and cultural foundations of curriculum as a field of study with the development and administration of allied health professional training programs.
- Perform a needs analysis for health science course and program development.
- Design and implement competency-based health science program curricula.
- Develop course descriptions, course outlines, syllabi, goals, objectives, content, learning activities and evaluation methods for specific programs and learning audiences.
- Evaluate health science program curricula using both process and outcomes assessment.
- Develop and implement specific teaching and learning methods for course content delivery in the classroom, teaching laboratory and clinical or practicum settings.
- Select and apply appropriate learning platforms for course and program delivery to include traditional lecture-discussion, small group work, projects, and the use of educational technology and web-based instruction.
- Develop criterion related testing for courses and programs to include the use of both objective and subjective testing methods and evaluation of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains.
- Develop and apply program evaluation to include measurement tools and program revision based on evaluation results.
- Develop assessment-driven, standards-based instruction for education and training.
- Work as scholar-practitioners by applying current educational research and theory to lead the development of the health science/allied health sciences.
- Demonstrate effective teaching and evaluation methods that assure that learning occurs through:
- The development and/or improvement of course syllabi that facilitate assurance of learning.
- Preparation of effective lectures, discussions and presentations using the appropriate venue to support learning.
- Delivery of course topics under the guidance of faculty mentors.
- Evaluation of learning outcomes and feedback to students
- Maintenance of a Teaching Portfolio.
Research and Statistics (16 SCH)
The overall aim of the research core is to enhance the student’s knowledge of scientific methods to include how to define the scientific problem, the rationale behind the review of literature, selection of the research design, data analysis, results and discussions. These courses will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods with a focus on interdisciplinary, collaborative and outcomes research in the health sciences.
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of research design and methods.
- Understand and have the ability to interpret and apply basic and advanced research statistical models.
- Effectively evaluate and critique research reports.
- Identify knowledge gaps for selected allied health fields, synthesize relevant information, and formulate focused research questions to address these gaps.
- Identify specific problem areas for research and conduct a thorough review of the literature.
- Develop and refine specific aims, research questions, and hypotheses based on the review of the literature.
- Select and apply appropriate research methodology to address specific research questions.
- Develop appropriate research protocols.
- Obtain institution review board approval for conducting research studies.
- Initiate approved research protocols and collect data.
- Apply appropriate statistical analyses to data collected and interpret the results.
- Write research reports and present and publish research findings.
- Engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research, with a focus on outcomes and evidence-based practice.
- Conduct research as scholar-practitioners to lead the evolution of practice in professional settings.
- Seek funding for a collaborative, interdisciplinary research agenda.
- Address issues in research management including:
- Formation and leadership of multidisciplinary teams.
- Staffing, budgeting, tracking.
- Subject recruitment and retention.
- Data quality control and data safety management.
- Funding mechanisms and Grantsmanship.
- Research ethics and regulations.
- Professional quality peer-review, oral and poster presentation, report, grant, and manuscript writing.
- Conduct investigations that support evidence-based problem solving of direct relevance to their work and career development.
- Identify appropriate funding agencies and opportunities
- Develop and submit proposals to obtain grant funding.
Demonstration of Research Core Competencies is further achieved by passing the Doctoral Qualifying Examination and by successful development, conduct, completion, defense and publication of the dissertation.
Leadership Core (10 SCH)
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Describe evidence-based methods for developing and evaluating leadership.
- Demonstrate leadership development in an interdisciplinary health care environment.
- Achieve interdisciplinary goals in practice, education, scholarship and service.
- Practice in an interdisciplinary manner to model collaborative care.
- Engage in reflective practice for continuous professional growth and improvement.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical leadership.
- Demonstrate the capacity for educational leadership within the setting of higher education.
- Describe current issues and trends in health care and apply these to professional practice and research. Examples include:
- Health care reform
- Health care costs, access and quality
- Interdisciplinary and collaborative health care and health care research
- Evidence-base practice and comparative-effectiveness research
- Health care disparities
- Health care finance
- Workforce issues
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- Management of chronic disease
- Implications of targeted therapy and genetic testing
- Issues in higher education
- Conduct informed thinking and planning for organizational strategies with appropriate data.
- Apply standards of ethical leadership and management.
- Work as scholar-practitioners by applying current research and theory to lead the development of the health science/allied health sciences.
- Describe the principles of management as they apply to health care organizations and institutions to include planning, organizing, controlling, and directing an operational unit.
- Apply motivational theory and conflict management to interpersonal relationships within an organization.
- Apply principles of management and supervision to the administration of School and university academic programs and departments.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the governance, organization, finance, and administration of institutions of higher learning.
- Understand the attributes and skills necessary to lead and manage professional organizations as complex and adaptive systems
- Engage in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving that reflects scholarly intellectual standards, incorporation of sound reasoning, and equity and fairness.
Professional Track (9 SCH)
Professional track cognate courses in the various professional areas in which students hold certification or licensure are provided with associated learning outcomes as follows:
Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate:
- An increased knowledge base in the professional specialty area.
- Synthesis of an interdisciplinary perspective related to everyday activities and application of these perspectives as well as knowledge generated in health science to promote evidence-based practice.
- Presentation of research related to the professional track at state and national meetings.
- Teaching allied health-health science students in undergraduate and/or graduate programs.
- Initiation and participation in communities of practice and other collaborations with professionals and community members to mobilize resources to best meet learner needs and enhance professional growth.
- Development of expertise in ways that cross conventional disciplinary lines.
- Identification of professional venues including conferences and journals for publication and dissemination of results.
- Presentation of research findings to peers during organized extracurricular research seminars.
- Preparation of research manuscripts suitable for submission for publication.
- Maintenance of a Research Portfolio.
- Use of evidence based practice as part of daily clinical decision making.
Electives (up to 12 SCH)
Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate:
- An enhanced scientific knowledge base for a better understanding of clinical systems and procedures, disease pathophysiology and management, care plans and treatment protocols.
- Exploration of areas of scientific interest by taking science cognates in the various medical, health care systems and basic science departments of the university.
- Exploration of areas related to interdisciplinary health care delivery, quality, health outcomes and service provision.
- Advanced course work in the areas of education, management, and health care systems.
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
The assessment of student learning outcomes consists of homework assignments, tests, quizzes, class participation, attendance, etc. and the weight of the classwork in addition to other direct measures of student assessment (e.g. comprehensive qualifying examination, research proposal prospectus defense, dissertation defense) and corresponding rubrics to assess and ensure student success.
All students must abide by the School of Health Professions program policies and procedures as well as all general academic policies and institutional policies listed in this catalog.
Background Checks and Drug Screening
Background checks are required prior to matriculation. Any events that occur after the initial background check that might affect the student’s status in the program must be reported to the department immediately. Students are required to comply with additional requests for background checks at any time during their course of study.
Students are responsible for the cost and fees of any/all required background checks and drug screenings.
HSCI 7001. Foundation of Education. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will review models of learning theory as they relate to higher education, professional education and adult and career continuing education contexts, as well as application of learning theory to teaching methods and evaluation. Various learning theories will be introduced, to include behavioral, cognitive and constructive theory, motivation and newer theories of learning based in cognitive science.
HSCI 7002. Curriculum and Instruction. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides hands-on experience with developing competency-based curricula for health science education programs. Program development, needs assessment, goals, course construction and sequencing, course descriptions, objectives, outlines, syllabi, content and outcomes assessment and evaluation for specific learning audiences will be described.
HSCI 7003. Methods and Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours.
A comprehensive review of various teaching methods and learning outcome evaluation techniques. Topics included are developing and implementing course goals, objectives, learning activities, lesson plans, synchronous and asynchronous learning platforms, evaluation methods, test construction, and course and program evaluation. Psychometric measures and interpretation including item analysis and descriptive statistics are included.
HSCI 7004. Teaching Practicum. 3 Credit Hours.
Graduate students will engage in one or more of a variety of interrelated teaching activities -- lecturing, class discussion, one-to-one tutoring, office hours, and grading in the various specialty and core curriculum under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students will also be required to complete didactic assignments related to curriculum design, presentation and evaluation.
HSCI 7101. Research Design I. 3 Credit Hours.
This course introduces students to methods of scientific research to include review of literature, research designs, sampling techniques, measurement, and related issues. Research articles and research thesis that exemplify various research designs, presentation of results, and conclusions will be reviewed and discussed. Students will further develop their information literacy skills to search, interpret and evaluate the medical literature in order to maintain critical, current and operational knowledge of new medical findings including its application to individualized patient care.
HSCI 7102. Research Design II. 3 Credit Hours.
This course introduces the student to methods of research using qualitative design and appropriate statistical analysis techniques used in qualitative data analysis. Questionnaire and survey construction, validation and statistical analysis techniques will be discussed. Advantages and disadvantages of interview data collection techniques as well as techniques such as Delphi are included.
HSCI 7103. Statistics I. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will focus on concepts and procedures for descriptive and inferential statistics for continuous and discrete data and data analysis using parametric and nonparametric statistical procedures. Computerized statistical programs, such as SPSS, will be used. Instruction on information literacy to equip students with the necessary skills to search, interpret and evaluate the medical literature in order to maintain critical, current and operational knowledge of new medical findings including its application to individualized patient care will be included.
HSCI 7104. Statistics II. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will be a continuation of HSC 612: Introduction to Biostatistics. Hypothesis testing techniques which involve observation and analysis of more than one statistical variable at a time will be discussed. Examples include ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, T-tests, and regression models.
HSCI 7105. Introduction to Grantsmanship. 2 Credit Hours.
This course is designed to provide the practical aspects of proposal submission. In addition to covering basic writing skills, it addresses specific elements that should be included in each of the various sections of federal grants, foundation applications, and biotech contracts. In addition, it talks about ways of identifying sources for funding, a survey of the NIH landscape and how to prepare budgets. The online submission process is also reviewed.
HSCI 7106. Research Seminar 1. 1 Credit Hour.
This course begins the first part in planning and conducting the required dissertation research project. Students are expected to begin to formulate their research question(s) to include background and significance, problem and purpose statement, need for the study, assumptions, limitations, and definitions. Students will also complete their review of the literature in preparation for their preliminary research proposal defense.
HSCI 7107. Research Seminar 2. 1 Credit Hour.
Continuation of Research Project I. Students will continue planning and conducting the required dissertation research project. Students are expected to begin to formulate their research methods and procedures and complete preparation for their research proposal defense.
HSCI 7201. Leadership Theory. 3 Credit Hours.
Provides an overview of evidence-based methods for evaluating and developing leaders and leadership. Topics include: the history of leadership assessment and leadership theory; use of validated assessment methods in measuring leadership (e.g. interviews, assessment centers, and cognitive and objective assessments); applications of adult development and career development theory; and organizational approaches to leadership development (e.g. talent reviews, developmental assignments, 360-degree feedback, and succession/acceleration programs.).
HSCI 7202. Issues and Trends in Health Care. 3 Credit Hours.
Current issues and trends in health care are discussed. An overview of the United States health care system, its history, structure, major components and overall performance is provided, followed by a review of the interrelationships among various trends and forces that are likely to shape the roles and responsibilities of health care institutions in the future. Students become well versed in the major issues facing the health care industry and the public/private/individual roles needed to address these issues. Concepts in organizational behavior, health economics, health care finance, health care planning and marketing, and health insurance and managed care are discussed.
HSCI 7203. Ethics in Clinical and Research Settings. 1 Credit Hour.
This web based course provides the student with an interactive format to discuss the researcher's responsibilities for conducting ethically sound scientific research as well as select ethical issues in research. Each student will have the opportunity to analyze an ethical issue as it relates to the student's research project or topic.
HSCI 7204. Management and Supervision. 3 Credit Hours.
Principles of management and supervision as they relate to the organization and administration of health care facilities, higher education and the academic department will be discussed. Governance of higher education to include organization, control, funding, and evaluation will be described and the principles of management and supervision as they relate to the administration of the academic department will be discussed. Basic principles of management to include planning, organizing, directing and controlling, management and evaluation of personnel and programs, motivational theory, conflict management and principles of delegation will be covered.
HSCI 7301. Education. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is an introduction to basic principles and techniques used in education. Topics include course design, objectives, lesson-plan development, learning activities, use of media, development of presentations, testing, and evaluation.
HSCI 7302. Research. 3 Credit Hours.
This course addresses the skills in understanding and critiquing research reports. Principles and criteria for evaluating published research, including statistical analyses, issues of validity and evidence-based practice are discussed.
HSCI 7303. Clinical Delivery. 3 Credit Hours.
This course emphasizes basic clinical methods and skills for beginning graduate students with an emphasis on assessment and intervention. Clinical note-writing and documentation are modeled and discussed. Topic areas covered include various published and evidence-based clinical protocols and operational procedures in management.
HSCI 7304. Dissertation. 2-9 Credit Hours.
Students complete research in preparation of a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree program. Includes supervision while student is writing the doctoral dissertation following all required course work. This is a pass/no pass course. Repeated until dissertation has been successfully defended. Prerequisites: Permission of program director.
HSCI 7091. Selected Topics in Health Sciences. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study of topics of current interest in health sciences. Includes study of current research and important new developments in specific areas of practice and research. Can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
MLSC 5013. Medical Toxicology/Therapeutic Drug Monitoring. 3 Credit Hours.
This course provides the student with the knowledge of the major classes of drugs and bioactive compounds, their mode of action and the concept of toxidromes. This course will concentrate on the role of the laboratory in personalized medicine (effect of individual genetics on the response to drugs and the production of toxicity in pain management and drug addiction) and the parts genomic testing and therapeutic drug monitoring should play.
MLSC 6000. Advanced Diagnostic Microbiology. 2 Credit Hours.
This course will discuss etiology of infectious diseases in different patient populations, different body sites and organ systems in a case-based approach. Appropriate specimens and laboratory tests based on patient signs and symptoms will be emphasized. Recent developments in microbiology and new methods in the identification of bacterial agents of infectious disease will also be presented. The course will explore the public health and infection control aspects of infectious diseases.
MLSC 6003. Evidence-based Medicine in Medical Laboratory Science. 3 Credit Hours.
This course introduces the principles of, rationale for use of, and the process employed in evidence-based medicine in laboratory medicine. Topics include: basic principles of evidence based medicine, development of focused questions, identification and use of the hierarchy of information, critical appraisal of literature, and application to laboratory practice scenarios.
MLSC 7091. Selected Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course comprises selected topics in one of the four major disciples: microbiology, clinical chemistry & toxicology, hematology and immunohematology. This will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
MLSC 7097. Research in Medical Laboratory Sciences. 3-6 Credit Hours.
This course comprises independent and original research in one of the four major disciples: microbiology, clinical chemistry & toxicology, hematology and immunohematology. This will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
MSLP 5007. Motor Speech Disorders. 3 Credit Hours.
This course addresses motor speech disorders: Apraxia of Speech and Dysarthria. The content areas covered include theoretical models, neuropathophysiology, symtomatology, various instruments and tests for assessment and differential diagnosis as well as clinical management of both developmental and adult-onset motor speech disorders.
MSLP 5009. Dysphagia in Adults and Children. 3 Credit Hours.
This course addresses swallowing disorders in both adult and children in various populations across the age span. Content areas covered include normal anatomy and physiology of swallowing, evaluation of disordered oropharyngeal swallowing using both instrumental and noninstrumental examination tools with special emphasis on videoflouroscopic swallow study (VFSS) procedures and analysis, and evidence-based treatment strategies for swallowing disorders.
MSLP 5012. Cognition and Communicative Disorders. 3 Credit Hours.
This course examines normal cognition and the effects of aging and dementia to the nondominant cerebral hemisphere as well as traumatic brain injury on communication. Both assessment and management of communication disorders arising from these conditions are addressed.
MSLP 7091. Advanced Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study of topics of current interest in the rehabilitation sciences. Includes study of current research and important new developments in specific areas of practice and research. Can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
NURS 7316. Statistical Analysis For Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.
The foundational course focuses on statistics and computing skills that assist students to understand statistical methods, gain computing skills, interpret and perform basic statistical tests, and critique typical quantitative articles. Clock Hours: 3 clock hours class.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
NURS 7375. Regression Models For Nursing Science. 3 Credit Hours.
This course presents regression analysis at an intermediate level. Course will focus on regression for continuous variables: specification, estimation, testing, and diagnostics. Logistic regression for binomial and multinomial variables, log-linear regression for count variables, and proportional hazards regression for duration variables will be explored. An introduction to multilevel regression will occur.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing Open for Cross Enrollment on Space Available Basis.
OCCT 7091. Selected Topics in Occupational Therapy. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course comprises selected topics in one of three major disciples: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology. This will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
OCCT 7097. Research in Rehabilitation Sciences. 3-6 Credit Hours.
This course comprises independent and original research in one of the three major disciples: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech-Language Pathology. This will be conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
OCCT 7110. Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice. 3 Credit Hours.
Students will explore and analyze the complex process of knowledge generation in the profession through the theories and epistemologies that have shaped contemporary occupational therapy practice. Students will explore the development of theories, societal and systems influences on the theoretical evolution of the profession, and influences on epistemic reflexivity in the profession.
OCCT 7114. Advanced Evidence-based Practice in Occupational Therapy. 3 Credit Hours.
Students will explore the nature of evidence-based practice as it relates to the trajectories of research and practice in the profession. This course will emphasize critical analysis of research, knowledge translation, diffusion of evidence into practice, and implications for future developments of research in occupational therapy.
OCCT 7125. Population Health and Occupational Therapy. 3 Credit Hours.
Students will explore aspects of population health from an occupational therapy theoretical and practice perspective. This course will emphasize occupational perspectives related to social determinants of health, an occupation-based approach to management of chronic conditions, and national and global perspectives on the role of occupational therapy in addressing factors related to population health.
PHAS 7010. Current Issues in Physician Assistant Education. 3 Credit Hours.
This independent study course will provide the student with an opportunity to collaborate with a faculty mentor to select a topic of interest for research analysis and application to PA education comparing and contrasting traditional PA education curriculum with current physician medical school curriculum for application to new models of curriculum delivery. The scope of the project will be defined by the student under the guidance of the faculty mentor.
PHAS 7020. Physician Assistant Leadership and Governance. 3 Credit Hours.
This course will provide a critical examination of topics related to PA leadership. The history of various PA professional organizations and the role of leadership in the advancement of the profession will be discussed as well as current changes in the profession which will affect, governance, national legislation affecting PA's, certification maintenance and the future direction of the profession. Students will engage in research and develop projects to test theories and their impact on future PA leaders and the profession.
PHAS 7030. Research Topics in Physician Assistant Clinical and Professional Practice. 3 Credit Hours.
The student will have an opportunity to develop an understanding and knowledge of epidemiology and preventive medicine across a number of topics. An introduction to community health, with an emphasis on needs assessment and project development will be done.
PHAS 7091. Selected Topics in Physician Assistant Studies. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study of topics of current interest in the physician assistant studies. Includes study of current research and important new developments in specific areas of practice and research. Can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
PHYT 7091. Selected Topics in Physical Therapy. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study of topics of current interest in the physical rehabilitation sciences. Includes study of current research and important new developments in specific areas of practice and research. Can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
PHYT 7097. Research in Rehabilitation Sciences. 3-6 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent research in a selected area of rehabilitation sciences directed by a faculty member. Can be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.
PHYT 7801. Advanced Studies in Physical Therapy. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study directed by a faculty member in a laboratory or clinical venue in which students study methods and tools of measure using advanced equipment or procedures to assess human performance.
PHYT 7802. Practicum in Clinical Practice. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is a mentored practicum in clinical practice in a specialty area under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
RESC 5013. Management & Leadership in Health Profession. 3 Credit Hours.
Leadership principles and management of respiratory care departments, health care organizations and programs will be studied.
RESC 5015. Education in Respiratory Care. 3 Credit Hours.
This course is an introduction to basic principles and techniques used in respiratory care education. Topics include patient education, inservice education, course design, objectives, lesson-plan development, learning activities, use of media, development of presentations, testing, and evaluation.
RESC 5023. Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Pulmonary Function Testing. 3 Credit Hours.
This course focuses on normal and abnormal cardiopulmonary function utilizing diagnostic tools. The course provides hands on opportunities to perform, interpret, and evaluate various cardiopulmonary diagnostic results to include the operation, calibration, quality control, and maintenance of pulmonary function and gas analysis equipment.
RESC 7042. Advanced Clinical Practice. 3 Credit Hours.
This clinical observation provides the students the opportunity to observe and achieve competencies related to respiratory care procedures in the adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care units, the diagnostic and pulmonary labs, and other specialty areas. The topics include initiation of mechanical ventilation, patient stabilization and monitoring, measurement and evaluation of hemodynamic variables, bronchial hygiene, evaluation for weaning, extubation, arterial line samples, arterial puncture, blood gas analysis, and noninvasive monitoring.
RESC 7091. Selected Topics in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. 1-9 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent study of topics of current interest in the cardiopulmonary sciences. Includes study of current research and important new developments in specific areas of practice and research. Can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours.
RESC 7097. Research in Cardiopulmonary Sciences. 3-6 Credit Hours.
This course is an independent research in a selected area of cardiopulmonary sciences directed by a faculty member. Can be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.
TSCI 6064. Grantsmanship and Peer Review. 1 Credit Hour.
The purpose of this elective course is to provide an overview of the peer review process for research proposals as well as the essential components of grant management. Lecture and assignment topics will include: (1) funding agencies, missions, deadlines, and instruction; (2) Institutional Grantsmanship Issues; (3) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Organization (Institutes, Councils, Centers, and Budgets); (4) NIH Awards and Study Sections; (5) process and communications with the NIH; (6) interpreting and responding to written critiques; (7) mock study section meeting; and (8) grantsmanship after funding.