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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

The Ph.D. in Health Sciences requires a minimum of 60 credits and can be completed in four to five years, depending on full-time enrollment. Part-time enrollment is also available.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

The program offers full-time and part-time study, with hybrid coursework.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Ph.D. Program Director
Yu-ping Chen, Sc.D., PT
ypchen@gsu.edu
404-413-1256

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in health sciences prepares dietitians, occupational therapists, physical therapists and respiratory therapists with master’s or clinical doctorate degrees to be scholars and educators. Our Ph.D. graduates become leaders in health sciences, higher education, hospital administration and public health.

The program offers full-time and part-time study, with hybrid coursework. As part of the largest urban university in Georgia, located in the heart of Atlanta, students will have access to and collaborate with some of the finest healthcare facilities in the country. Exceptional learning opportunities await each student as they receive mentorship from elite faculty members to conduct state-of-the-art research projects to contribute to the scientific fields.

Students have the opportunity to present their research at local, state, national and international meetings and learn to be effective educators for future generations of healthcare professionals.

Concentrations

  • Nutrition – prepares clinical and public health professionals to teach, conduct research and practice in an inter-disciplinary environment, using evidence-based practice to improve lives.
  • Occupational Therapy – prepares students to improve human lives through evidence-based clinical practice and research, delivery of health services in interprofessional settings, community programming, interventions, advocacy and leadership in occupational therapy and rehabilitation.
  • Translational Rehabilitation Science – prepares students to discover and disseminate rehabilitation knowledge and improve the quality of life, participation, health, performance and well-being of people with and without disabilities.
  • Cardiopulmonary Care – trains students as leaders in the cardiopulmonary field overall and specifically with a focus on advancing the scientific field of respiratory therapy, educating the next generation of respiratory therapists and leading healthcare organizations.
Program Details

Admission requirements in addition to GRE scores, GPA, transcripts and TOEFL:

  • GPA: 3.0 and above
  • GRE: Minimum of 145 or 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative portion
  • TOFEL: > 80
  • goal statement and area of research interest
  • three references letters from individuals (for example, supervisors, former instructors, professional mentors) who can speak to the applicant’s research ability and interest
  • resume/curriculum vitae
  • interview with faculty
  • applicants are strongly encouraged to identify their potential advisor prior to sending their application

Application Flow Chart

Funding

Most of Ph.D. students receive funding supports; however, the availability of funding varies and are not guaranteed. Please discuss with your potential mentor on the funding and support when you apply. Graduate Assistantship (Research or Teaching) provides tuition waiver and stipend. Please contact your mentor for details.

The 60-credit hour curriculum includes:

  • Five core health science courses that cover topics relevant to health sciences (12 hours, including health science seminar)
  • Four required research/statistics core courses (12 hours)
  • Health sciences research and dissertation (24-45 hours)
  • Concentration-specific core courses (12 hours)
  • Electives (0-9 hours) selected and suggested by the student’s doctoral committee.

Students with graduate credentials can request a transfer of graduate hours; such requests will be subject to the approval of the major advisor, doctoral committee, and the Ph.D. program director.

Curriculum Map

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Conduct innovative healthcare-related research
  • Educate future healthcare professional
  • Train to be leaders in the health professions disciplines

Description

Careers

Our Ph.D. students in health sciences are trained to conduct innovative healthcare-related research, educate future healthcare professionals, and lead the delivery of health services in an interdisciplinary fashion, shaping future clinical practice. They graduate ready for careers as researchers and educators at major research institutions and state-level universities, teaching the next generation of undergraduate and master’s level health professions students, an essential part of the solution in reducing the critical shortage of health care professionals.

Contacts

Manager, Graduate Admissions, Retention & Progression
Felisha Norrington
404-413-1000
fnorrington@gsu.edu

Ph.D. Program Director
Yu-ping Chen, Sc.D., PT
404-413-1256
ypchen@gsu.edu

140 Decatur Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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