PHD HPE Course Requirements

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PhD in HPE Course Requirements

The educational offerings necessary for graduate degrees in HPE are fairly consistent across institutions. Below are the course offerings for students pursing the PhD in HPE degree. 

The PhD in HPE consists of at least 24 months of enrollment following completion of the MHPE. For individuals pursuing a PhD in HPE without a MHPE, core MHPE courses must be completed, or, alternatively, the applicant will have to demonstrate mastery of the courses by some other means (e.g., taking similar courses in the past). The PhD degree program consists of a number of other required components, in addition to the formal courses. These include the satisfactory completion of a dissertation (resulting in at least four peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication), completion of a written portfolio (which serves as the written qualifying exam), a practicum experience, and an oral dissertation defense.

Core Courses

Quarter Credit Hours

MED 801 Advanced Theories in HPE

MED 800 Advanced Health Systems Seminar

MED 802 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in HPE

MED 803 Advanced Quantitative Research Method in HPE

MED 804 Advanced Instructional Methods and Curriculum Dev in HPE

MED 805 Advanced Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in HPE

MED 806 Advanced Principles of Leadership in HPE

MED 807 Advanced Online Learning and Instruction 

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Recurrent Courses (taken several times, across multiples quarters) 

MED 610 Doctoral Seminar in HPE 

MED 910 Doctoral Dissertation in HPE

MED 911 Doctoral Practicum in HPE 

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 Electives (students take 6 credits of electives) Quarter Credit Hours

MED 501 Rhetoric and Academic Writing                                                          

MED 503 Practice of Assessment of Competence                                                                    

MED 1003 Survey Design

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Electives in Other USU Departments 
PMO 401 Patient Safety and Quality                                                                   

PMO 503 Biostatistics I                                                                              

PMO 504 Biostatistics II                                                                             

PMO 508 Biostatistics III                                                                            

PMO 522 Meta-Analysis                                                                            

PMO 531 Program Planning and Development                                                 

PMO 683 Critical Reading Seminar                                                                     

MPO 901 Research Methods           

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*Note: USU graduate courses are based on quarter credit hours. One (1) traditional semester credit hour is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credit hours.