The purpose of the M.S./Ph.D. program is to produce healthcare researchers who incorporate skills from, and collaborate among, a wide range of disciplines. Because the program fosters transdisciplinary faculty collaboration and will involve research partnerships in communities and healthcare settings in the region, its graduates will be prepared to conduct applied research and evaluation that improves a wide variety of health delivery systems.
The combination of a strong conceptual framework, advanced research skills, and application to a cognate area (outside the department) is designed to provide graduates with a depth and breadth of knowledge in applied health research and evaluation that makes them highly competitive for employment in both academia and the applied health research community.
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For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Dr. Joel Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department Chair, Dr. Ronald Gimbel, at RGIMBEL@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-5502 for more information. The FAX number is: (864) 656-6227. A formal Graduate School application must also be submitted to be considered in the applicant pool. Please see the Admissions Section of the Graduate School’s website for more information about the application process.
The program goals are to prepare researchers to:
(1) Conduct applied research and evaluation that improves a wide variety of health delivery systems.
(2) Lead applied health research programs in private and public sectors.
(3) Enhance oversight and accountability in health services delivery and in the development of healthcare programs.
(4) Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public and private health and medical services delivery systems.
(5) Evaluate the implementation of services and compare effectiveness of competing programs and interventions.
(6) Provide structured data-informed decision making to empower change in population and healthcare practice.
(7) Work in both academia and the applied health research community.
The graduates will provide leadership to applied health research programs in private and public sectors. The program is designed to provide graduates with a depth and breadth of knowledge in applied health research and evaluation that makes them highly competitive for employment in both academia and the applied health research community. Specifically, graduates will gain knowledge and develop skills to: enhance oversight and accountability; assess effectiveness of programs and interventions; improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services; and ultimately, provide structure for data-informed decision making to empower change in population and healthcare practice.
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The Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation has a minimum requirement of 66 credit hours for students entering with a bachelor’s degree or 54 credit hours for students entering with a master’s degree. Students are required to complete core course requirements, cognate course requirements, and dissertation credit hour requirements. In addition, students will be required to pass the qualifier exam, dissertation proposal defense, final oral dissertation defense, and final comprehensive exam. Students entering the program with an M.S. could exempt a maximum of 12 credit hours if appropriate courses were taken in their master degree program. (* Courses eligible for this exemption are noted below with an asterisk.). Students applying to the Ph.D. program will be expected to have completed 6 credit hours of statistics or research methods.
Total Hours: 66 credit hours
Core Courses: 36 credit hours
Cognate Courses: 12 credit hours
Dissertation Courses: 18 credit hours
Core Courses (36 credit hours)
*HLTH 8030 (3 cr) Theories and Determinants of Health
*HLTH 8110 (3 cr) Health Care Delivery Systems
*HLTH 8210 (3 cr) Health Research – Design and Measurement
*HLTH 8220 (3 cr) Health Research - Qualitative and Mixed Methods
*HLTH 8090 (3 cr) Epidemiological Research
HLTH 8290 (3 cr) Epidemiology II – Applied Epidemiology
HLTH 8410 (3 cr) Foundation of Evaluation in Health
HLTH 8420 (3 cr) Applied Evaluation Methods in Health
HLTH 8310 (3 cr) Quantitative Analysis in Health Research I
HLTH 8320 (3 cr) Quantitative Analysis in Health Research II
HLTH 8890 (1 cr) Seminar (class repeated six times)
Dissertation (18 credit hours)
HLTH 9910(variable credit)
Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)
Cognate courses allow the student to develop an appropriate content area if he or she is entering the program with a bachelor’s degree or if the master’s degree lacks content specific to the research interests and constitute 12-credit hours (4 classes) approved by the student’s advisor. One of the cognate courses must include three credits in an advanced statistics or analysis class relevant to the research interests (e.g., methods courses in Nutrition, Physical Activity, Built Environment, Aging, Substance Abuse, Violence, Health Communication, Health Care, Research Specialization, Survey Design, Secondary Data Analysis, Advanced Qualitative Analysis, etc.)
Applicants for the Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation must meet the University minimum requirement of (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a B (3.0) average in upper division courses and/or prior graduate study as well as satisfactory performance on the verbal and quantitative sections for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Applicants must submit GRE test results and transcripts that demonstrate strong foundational competencies in math and statistics. International applicants must also report TOEFL scores.
All applicants will be required to submit a statement of purpose outlining career goals as they relate to the graduate program, three letters of recommendation (at least one from a former professor), and an example of published or other written work where the applicant is the sole author or first author.Detailed information about each component is listed below. All application information must be submitted to Clemson University Graduate school On-line application system (CollegeNet) (www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/apply/ ).
Please submit a resume that includes the following:
• Education background
• Work Experience
• Professional Publications
• Professional Presentations
• Teaching Experience
• Academic/Experiential preparation related to: Research, Math, Statistics, and Epidemiology
Preferred scores vary by department. Official Scores must be received directly from Educational Testing Service. Clemson’s Institution Code is 5111.
Median GRE and GMAT scores for previously admitted students at Clemson University can be viewed at: www.clemson.edu/graduate/admissions/preparing-to-apply/median-scores.html
(International Students) A satisfactory score is required of International Students whose native language is not English.
Preferred course background: A minimum requirement of a Calculus I or equivalent course. Courses in introductory statistics and introductory research are preferred.
The submission of a writing sample (nonreturnable, limited to fewer than 15 pages) is required. This sample should be an example of published or other written work where the applicant is the sole author or primary author.Writing samples are to be uploaded to the Graduate School on-line application site, along with general application materials. The writing sample can be a research paper, a paper based on previous coursework, or unpublished or published research that best demonstrates the applicant’s areas of professional interest, writing and reasoning skills, familiarity with research methods, and analytical ability.
Letters of recommendation
Please submit three letters of recommendation: one must be from an academic source.
Letters of recommendation are handled via an online recommendation system which is part of our online application. The host for this process is CollegeNet, the same vendor which hosts our online application. If you have technical difficulties while completing your letters of recommendation, you should send an e-mail to email@example.com and include your User ID in the e-mail. The technicians at CollegeNet will be able to look at your letters of recommendation and help clear the problem.
On page four of the application you will be asked for the following information: Name of recommenders and E-mail address of each recommender.
As soon as you submit your online application, an email will be sent to your respondents. This email will inform them how to complete the online Letter of Recommendation. To ensure receipt of this email, please inform each respondent about this email prior to the submission of your application.
If you or your respondent has technical difficulty with the online Letter of Recommendation system, please contact CollegeNet directly at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call CollegeNet at 503-973-5213. It may be necessary to provide CollegeNet with your user id and/or the name of the applicant or respondent.
If your recommenders have failed to do the online recommendation you are able to go back into the application and remind them. You can leave them a note and another email will be sent to the email address that was provided.
If your recommender does not want to use the online form, they can go to our website here and print out the form.
The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.