PhD in Health Sciences
|The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences Program is coordinated by the Rutgers School of Health Professions (Rutgers SHP) Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in collaboration with other SHP Departments and other units of the University. The Program prepares practicing health care professionals to assume leadership roles in the research, academic and/or clinical settings. To that end, the Program emphasizes the rigorous application of research and scholarship as the basis for identifying and addressing the many issues and questions arising in our complex health care delivery and education systems. The Program requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master's degree.
The Program emphasizes independent/directed study and research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Of the 60 credits needed for the degree, only about a third represent required courses. In collaboration with the advisor, a student can tailor the remainder of the Program to meet individual research goals and career aspirations, including the number of credits devoted to specialization courses and dissertation study. In addition, the Program provides several options for meeting course requirements, including independent study, pre-approved registration at other colleges or universities (including online courses), portfolio assessment and credit by examination (for selected courses).
Complementing the Program's flexible credit options are its innovative delivery approach and practical research and residency requirements. Most courses are Web-based, providing students with significant control over when and where their learning takes place. With advisor approval, project or dissertation research can be conducted off-campus and students can fulfill their residency requirement by defending their dissertation in-person.
Students can pursue a specialization in any area supported by an available faculty research advisor having the applicable expertise. Currently, PhD research advisement is available in the following areas: