Courses / Degree Requirements for the PhD in Physiology & Health
To graduate with a PhD in Physiology & Health, students must successfully complete:
- All general requirements for a PhD degree
- Core curriculum, qualifying exam, dissertation proposal, and dissertation research as follows:
PH 582 Research Methods
Students will learn study designs most applicable to evidence-based integrative medicine and biomedical research. These include prospective vs retrospective studies, observational vs experimental studies, case-control, cross-sectional, cohort, quasi-randomized trials, randomized controlled trials, pragmatic clinical trials, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and whole systems research. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding each design in terms of internal and external threats to validity and how to choose an appropriate research design for a corresponding research question. Students will gain practice in critically reviewing biomedical research literature. Students will work on a research project throughout the course and submit a written paper at its conclusion. (4 credits)
PH 583 Biostatistics
Students will learn introductory and intermediate-level statistics applicable to evidence-based integrative medicine research. These include dependent and independent t-tests, chi-squared tests, general linear models (analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and repeated-measures), survival analysis, and non-parametric statistics for one and two group designs. Students will work on a research project throughout the course and submit a written paper at its conclusion. (4 credits)
PH 595 Advanced Topics in Physiology and Integrative Medicine
PH 596 Research Practicum
During this course, PhD students will work with the supervision of one of the doctoral program senior faculty on an active research project, e.g. original research paper, review article, or grant proposal. Each student will produce a deliverable that is suitable for submission for publication or peer-review. The will offer an opportunity for students to develop research skills from the beginning of the program through hands-on experience in research activities such as literature review, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, report writing, and the peer-review process. (2 credits) This course may be waived or equivalent coursework or experience substituted with permission of the program director.
STC 508 Science and Technology of Consciousness
PH 601 Preparation for Qualifying Examination
PhD Candidate status
Upon successful completion of the core curriculum and qualifying exam, students will be advanced to PhD Candidate status. Students will then write their dissertation proposal.
PH 700 Dissertation Proposal Preparation with formal defense before faculty
PhD Researcher status
Upon successful completion of PH 700, which culminates with the approval of a written proposal, students will advance to the PhD Researcher status and then enroll in:
PH 701 Dissertation Research
Awarding of PhD degree
The PhD degree will be awarded to a PhD Researcher once the following steps have been completed:
- Presentation of the dissertation findings in a formal lecture with an open public forum for discussion.
- Acceptance of the dissertation by the Graduate School and the Library.