(PhD/MSPH) Doctor Of Philosophy (Psychology)/Master’s Of Science In Public Health

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Program Description

The department offers coordinated Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Psychology or the University of Alabama (UA) Department of Psychology (in Tuscaloosa). This coordinated degree program prepares PhD students in Psychology to perform research in health outcomes or health policy analysis.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the economic, legal, organizational, and political underpinnings of the U.S. health system
  • Apply theoretical principles of health economics
  • Apply analytic skills necessary to assess the outcomes of medical interventions and population-based public health programs
  • Critically evaluate health policy research and outcomes research studies and resulting recommendations
  • Design and implement health policy and outcomes research studies and draw appropriate conclusions

Program Requirements

The MSPH degree requires a minimum of 43 hours. Students in this coordinated program will be waived from the biostatistics requirement upon documentation of successful completion of Advanced Statistics I and II in the PhD program. Students may emphasize health policy issues or outcomes research issues through 3 hours of approved electives. In addition, all students must complete a 9 credit hour research project. Click on the link below for Curriculum Planning Sheet.

Program Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, students must first be admitted to the PhD program in medical psychology at UAB or the PhD program in psychology at UA (Tuscaloosa). Students must meet the admission criteria for the UAB School of Public Health and remain in good standing in their PhD program. Click here for UAB School of Public Health admissions information. This is a coordinated dual degree program and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.

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