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Applied Health Research & Evaluation, M.S. / Ph.D.

Applied Health Research & Evaluation, M.S.

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Our Brochure Student Handbook Apply

The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a 30-hour M.S and a 64-hour Ph.D. in applied health research and evaluation. The goal of this program is to provide foundational research, evaluation, and data science training to individuals who currently work as part of research or evaluation teams or undergraduate students who are seeking additional training before going on to graduate or professional school.

  • Am I a good fit for this program?

    The M.S. in applied health research and evaluation is designed for individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and career interests. The program is well suited for:

    • Research team members in healthcare settings
    • Professionals employed in local or state-level public health agencies
    • Non-profit organization staff who evaluate programs, policies and interventions
    • Recent baccalaureate graduates in a “gap year” before graduate or medical school
    • Outstanding undergraduate students who wish to complete a BS and MS degrees in five years
  • Why this program?
    • Courses in health systems, research, evaluation, and epidemiology are excellent preparation for those who desire to go to graduate or medical school.
    • Fundamental skills in research and evaluation design and data-driven methods can be immediately applied in your current work to improve the health of individuals and populations.
    • The degree can be completed in one to two years, and courses are available year round.
    • Clemson is an internationally respected, “top 20 national public university”, and the Department of Public Health Sciences has trained professionals going into a variety of health settings for over 25 years.
  • What are the Requirements for Completing the M.S. degree?
    • The M.S. requires 18 hours of core courses and 12 hours of cognate courses.
    • The M.S. requires successful completion of courses with cumulative average GPR of 3.0 or higher.  Only courses which earn a "C” or higher may apply toward the degree

    Coursework (30 credit hours):

    Core Courses (18 credit hours)

    • HLTH 8030 – Theory and Determinants of Health
    • HLTH 8090 – Epidemiological Research
    • HLTH 8110 – Health Care Delivery Systems
    • HLTH 8210 – Health Research I: Design and Measurement
    • HLTH 8410 – Foundation of Evaluation in Health
    • HLTH 8310 – Quantitative Analysis in Health Research (or other approved graduate statistics course)

    Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)

    • Elective courses planned by the student and academic advisor and approved by the department
  • How can I find more information?

    For more information about the program, please contact one of the people below.

    Rebecca Coffey Moses, M.S.
    Graduate Student Services
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    503 Edwards Hall
    (864) 656-5502
    Coffey2@clemson.edu

    Karen W. Edwards, MS
    Research Project Manager, Lecturer, Graduate Recruiter
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    Clemson University
    864-710-6997
    kwedwar@clemson.edu

Applied Health Research & Evaluation, Ph.D.

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Our Brochure Student Handbook Apply

The Department of Public Health Sciences offers a 64-hour Ph.D. in applied health research and evaluation. There is a nationally recognized need for researchers skilled in rigorously evaluating clinical and population health programs, capable of working across disciplinary boundaries. Professionals with such training are in high demand in state and federal agencies, private research and evaluation firms, academia, and in health systems.

  • Am I a good fit for this program?

    The Ph.D. in applied health research and evaluation is designed for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, career interests, and employment settings. The program is well suited for:

    • Those who wish to pursue a career in academia, industry, as well as government and non-profit sectors
    • Individuals who want to become independent researchers focused on real-world health problems
    • Aspiring methodologists who seek advanced skills in research design, mixed-methods, data-science, and quantitative methods
  • Why this program?
    • The curriculum includes a core of conceptual courses that foster a thorough understanding of health issues and contemporary technical issues in healthcare delivery and population health.
    • Students, under one or more faculty mentors, are involved in assisting with teaching, research and evaluation, during their first semester on campus.
    • The combination of a strong conceptual framework, advanced research skills, program evaluation and application to a cognate area (elective courses chosen from departmental and cross-campus offerings) is designed to provide graduates with a depth and breadth of knowledge in applied health research and evaluation.
    • Our learning framework combines rigorous instruction in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of health data, and practical experience in applying these tools and methods to improve health systems performance and population health.
    • Departmental faculty have expertise, and funded research, in the following areas: health promotion and behavior, epidemiology and outcomes research, public health informatics, global health, and evaluation.
    • Clemson is an internationally respected, “top 20 national public university”, and the Department of Public Health Sciences has trained professionals going into a variety of health settings for over 25 years.
  • What are the Requirements for Completing the Ph.D. degree?
    • The Ph.D. requires a total of 64 hours of approved coursework (must be completed in 5 years).
      • NOTE: 12 credits of graduate courses may be approved for transfer for those entering with a master’s degree, reducing the total requirement to 52 hours of coursework.
    • Ph.D. students must successfully pass a comprehensive exam (after completing core coursework) as evaluated by a committee composed of departmental faculty.
    • Ph.D. candidates must successfully complete a dissertation proposal (during the 3rd year in the program) as evaluated by a committee composed of members approved by the department and university.
    • Ph.D. candidates must successfully defend the final dissertation (during the 4th or 5th year in the program) as evaluated by a committee composed of members approved by the department and university.
    Coursework (64 credit hours):

    Core Courses (34 credit hours)

    • HLTH 8030 – Theory and Determinants of Health
    • HLTH 8110 – Health Care Delivery Systems
    • HLTH 8210 – Health Research I: Design and Measurement
    • HLTH 8220 – Health Research II: Qualitative and Mixed Methods
    • HLTH 8090 – Epidemiological Research
    • HLTH 8290 – Epidemiology II: Study Design & Data Analysis
    • HLTH 8410 – Foundations of Evaluation in Health
    • HLTH 8420 – Applied Evaluation Methods in Health
    • HLTH 8310 – Quantitative Analysis in Health Research I
    • HLTH 8320 – Quantitative Analysis in Health Research II
    • HLTH 8890 – Doctoral Seminar (one-hour class repeated four times)
    Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)
    • Cognate courses are elective graduate courses (chosen with approval of the department) that improve the depth of understanding of the student’s primary research interest area.  A minimum of twelve 12 credit hours is required, one of which must include 3 credits in advanced statistics, analysis or methodology relevant to the student’s research area.  
    Dissertation (18 credit hours)
    • HLTH 9910 – Doctoral Dissertation Research
    Other Requirements
    • Comprehensive exam
    • Dissertation Proposal
    • Final Dissertation Defense
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  • How can I find more information?

    For more information about the program, please contact one of the people below.

    Rebecca Coffey Moses, M.S.
    Graduate Student Services
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    503 Edwards Hall
    (864) 656-5502
    Coffey2@clemson.edu

    Karen W. Edwards, MS
    Research Project Manager, Lecturer, Graduate Recruiter
    Department of Public Health Sciences
    Clemson University
    864-710-6997
    kwedwar@clemson.edu

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