The Clemson University Department of Public Health Sciences offers a Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation. This program is unique in that it develops depth and breadth of knowledge in the determinants of health, healthcare systems, research and evaluation design, epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative methods, and emphasizes transdisciplinary research.
The AHRE Ph.D. program is designed for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and career interests and is well suited for:
individuals desiring to become independent researchers solving real-world health problems
aspiring methodologists who seek advanced skills in research design, mixed-methods, data science, and quantitative methods
those who wish to pursue a career in academia, industry, as well as government and non-profit sectors.
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 are 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 the 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 universities”, 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 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.
Equipped with the skills to analyze and interpret complex health problems and data, AHRE graduates are prepared to conduct relevant research on issues critically important to public health. Professionals with such training are in high demand in state and federal agencies, private research and evaluation firms, academia, and health systems.
Specifically, graduates will develop skills to
enhance oversight and accountability
assess program / intervention effectiveness
improve the efficacy and efficiency of services
provide structure for data-informed decision-making to empower change in population and healthcare practice.