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Ph.D Program

POST DOCTORAL EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY SERVICES

Ph.D. Concentration Primary Advisor: Dr.Richard Bissell
Ph.D. Concentration Alternate Advisor: Dr. J. Lee Jenkins
Graduate Program Coordinator: Renee Decker

Ph.D. in Public Policy
Concentration in Emergency Services

OVERVIEW

The Ph.D. curriculum for a student without a relevant master’s degree requires 48 hours of coursework and 18 hours of dissertation research. The curriculum is divided into core courses, disciplinary foundation courses, and courses in an Emergency Services concentration. Students with an EHS master’s degree will have fewer course requirements.

Ph.D. Examinations

In addition to examinations in particular courses, Ph.D. students must pass a comprehensive exam and a field exam. Students should consult with their advisor before signing up to take the comprehensive or field exam.

Doctoral Dissertation

All Ph.D. candidates must register for a minimum of 18 semester hours of doctoral dissertation research, PUBL 899. Guidelines for writing and defending dissertations are available on the Public Policy Graduate Student Group site. Copies of proposals and dissertations are available for inspection in the Graduate Student Reading Room.

 

PURPOSES OF A Ph.D. LEVEL PROGRAM

This program is for the professional specializing in emergency public health, emergency management, or management of emergency health care systems, wanting to further their educational or career potential. The curriculum is designed to provide graduate level training and education to health care providers, researchers, educators, policy makers and administrators.

 

AREAS OF STUDY

Two pathways are available in the Emergency Services Concentration:

The Emergency Health pathway includes courses in disaster health, catastrophes, and systems design. The Emergency Management pathway includes courses in disaster mitigation, catastrophe preparation and response, and strategic planning. Click the links above for more information, required courses, and course electives for each pathway.

Dr. Rick Bissell is the concentration advisor.

 

ADMISSIONS

The Ph.D. program admits both full and part-time students. Classes are held once a week, at either 4:30 pm or 7:10 pm, allowing students who work full time to enroll in the program.

Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Admission decisions are based on the match between the program and applicant’s interests, academic record, GRE test results, and recommendations from professors (preferred) or others who can speak to the potential for success in graduate school.

Deadlines for Formal Admission to Ph.D Program January 15 ONLY (for both Fall and Spring semester enrollments)

Click here for more detailed admissions information or to apply.