Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Population Health Sciences

Curriculum


Classes are a mix of onsite courses, held at Thomas Jefferson University's Center City campus, and online classes. Onsite courses are offered during the day and evening, accommodating working adults. Online courses are offered asynchronously using best practices and interactive learning, and are taught by faculty with years of experience and recognized expertise.

There are three terms per year running September to July. Students can begin in the fall (September) or spring (January) term. This flexibility allows students to complete coursework at their own pace.

The PhD requires completion of a minimum of 62 credits and students must choose one of four specializations:

  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Quality & Safety (HQS)
  • Health Behavior Science
  • Applied Health Economics & Outcomes Research (AHEOR)

Prerequisites

Prerequisites
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
Basic Statistics
X
X X X
Research Methods
X
X X X
Medical Terminology
      X

Core Coursework: Methods (12 credits)

Course
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
X
X X X
Advanced Statistics for Population Health Sciences: Multi-Level Modeling
X
X X X

Advanced Epidemiology

OR

Epidemiology & Evidence for Outcomes Research

X X X X
Evaluative & Outcomes Research & Design
  X X X
Econometric & Observational Methods
X      

Core Coursework: Population Health Fundamentals (16 credits)

Course
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery
X
X X X
Essentials of Population Health
X
X X X
Health Economics X X X X
Social & Behavioral Foundations of Public Health
X X X X
Teaching & Learning Seminar
X X X X
Bioethics X X X X

Integrative and Mentored Research (7 credits)

Course
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
Integrative Research Seminar
X
X X X
Mentored Research Experience
X X X X

Specialization Coursework (18 credits)

Course
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
Advanced Social & Behavioral Theories & Interventions
  X    
Qualitative Research Methods
  X    
Cultural Humility & Competence
  X    
Advanced Health Behavior Methods & Measurement
  X    
Advanced Analytic Methods for Health Behavior Science
  X    
Economic Modeling in Health Care
X      
Subjective Outcomes in Health Evaluation
X      
Simulation for Economic Evaluation
X      
Outcomes & Economic Analyses X      
U.S Healthcare Financing & Reimbursement
X
  X  
Comparative Health Systems
    X  
Health Law & Regulatory Issues
    X  
Health Policy: Analysis & Advocacy
    X  
Organization Development & Change in Health Care
    X X
Tools & Methods for HQS Improvement       X
HQS Measurement & Outcomes Analysis
      X
Advanced HQS Tools & Methods in Clinical Settings
      X
Disease Prevention & Care Management
      X

Examination & Dissertation (minimum of 12 credits)

Course
AHEOR Specialization
Health Behavior Science Specialization
Health Policy Specialization
HQS Specialization
Comprehensive Exam Prep
X X X X
Comprehensive Exam
X X X
X
Dissertation Proposal Seminar
X X X X
Dissertation Proposal
X X X X
Dissertation I
X X X X
Dissertation II
X X X X
Dissertation X X X X