Common Interdisciplinary Core: 18 Credits
ALHP 701Health Services Delivery Systems3 credit hours
ALHP 702Finance and Economic Theory for Health Care3 credit hours
ALHP 708Ethics and Health Care3 credit hours
ALHP 712Curriculum and Communication Design3 credit hours
ALHP 716Grant Writing and Project Management3 credit hours
ALHP 718Health Informatics3 credit hours


Research Methods Core: 12 Credits
ALHP 760Biostatistical Methods3 credit hours
ALHP 761Health Related Sciences Research Design3 credit hours
ALHP 762Multivariate Statistical Methods3 credit hours
ALHP 763Clinical Outcomes Evaluation3 credit hours


Specialty Track: 9 Credits
ALHP 781Doctoral Seminar in Health Related Sciences3 credit hours
ALHP 792Independent Study3 credit hours
ALHP 793Research Practicum3 credit hours


Dissertation Research: 12 Credits
ALHP 890Dissertation Seminar3 credit hours
ALHP 899Dissertation Research9 credit hours

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Common Interdisciplinary Core: 18 Credits
Health Services Delivery Systems
Semester course 3 credits. Examines the structure and function of the U.S. health-care delivery system, the concepts and processes of health and illness, the institutional and individual providers of health services and related theory. Focuses on interdisciplinary care. Emphasizes meeting the unique needs of ethnically and culturally diverse populations.


Finance and Economic Theory for Health Care
Semester course 3 credits. Focuses on foundational concepts of micro-economic theory and their application in analyzing health care understanding the structure and dynamics of health-care markets and on monitoring and controlling the allocation of resources within health organizations. Emphasizes each of the health-care disciplines and how finance and economics affect the practice of delivery and evaluation.


Ethics and Health Care
Semester course 3 credits. Applies the principles of biomedical and health-care ethics to develop a more informed understanding of ethical decision making in the formulation of health-care policy as well as within the clinical environment. Focuses on utilizing and searching biomedical ethics literature, current issues in biomedical ethics, the discipline and process of ethical reflection and case consultation.


Curriculum and Communcation Design
Semester course 3 credits. Examines various aspects of curriculum development, including instructional design and use of multimedia technology for teacher-learner communication and learner growth and development pertinent to doctoral education. Covers relevant learning theories in higher education and implications on curriculum design. Requires students to develop a web-based, interactive, multimedia course.


Grant Writing and Project Management
Semester course 3 credits. Examines fundamentals of allied health grant writing and proposal preparation in the health related sciences, including funding source determination, responding to an RFP, basic elements of a proposal, proposal review procedures and allocation processes. Requires development of a complete proposal and critique of existing proposals.


Health Informatics
Semester course 3 credits. Analyzes current information and management systems from an allied health sciences perspective. Emphasizes knowledge representation in health care, information needs, storage and retrieval, clinical information systems, standards of health information management and the evaluation of information management systems. Stresses the efficient and innovative use of technology.

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Research Methods Core: 12 Credits
Biostatistical Methods
Semester course 3 credits. Examines basic concepts and techniques of statistical methods, including the collection and display of information, data analysis and statistical measures variation, sampling and sampling distributions point estimation, confidence intervals, and tests of hypotheses for one and two sample problems principles of one-factor experimental design,one-way analysis of variance and multiple comparisons and correlation and regression analysis.


Health Related Sciences Research Design
Semester course 3 credits. Covers the design of experimental and quasi-experimental studies in the health-care field. Emphasizes issues related to measurement, validity of designs, sampling and data collection. Focuses on the logic of causal inference, including formulation of testable hypotheses, and the design, methods and measures that facilitate research.


Multivariate Statistical Methods
Semester course 3 credits. Examines multivariate statistical analysis and evaluation research methods with application to health related science research. Emphasizes data reduction techniques, factor analysis, principle components, discriminant analysis and logistic regression to analyze data in the health field.


Clinical Outcomes Evalulation
Semester course 3 credits. Prerequisites ALHP 760, 761 and 762. Prepares students to design, implementand interpret studies that evaluate the outcome and effectiveness of health services delivery. Emphasizes identification of emerging trends in health related sciences research, identification of meaningful research questions based on existing information and the use of primary and secondary data to assess outcomes.

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Specialty Track: 9 Credits
Doctoral Seminar in Health Related Sciences
Semester course 3 credits. Prerequisite Permission of instructor. Student's desired topic of study must be identified and approved prior to enrollment. Studies specific topics in the area of the student's specialty.


Independent Study
Semester course 1-6 credits. Prerequisite Permission of instructor. Offers special individual study or researchleading toward investigation in specialty track. Conducted under the guidance of a faculty adviser. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.


Research Practicum
Semester course 3 credits. Offers supervised investigation of selected problems in the area of the student's specialty track. Includes conducting and analyzing field research.

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Dissertation Research: 12 Credits
Dissertation Seminar
Semester course 3 credits. Deals with general purpose, content and functions of the dissertation process related to the student's specialty track. Leads to the preparation of dissertation proposal.


Dissertation Research
Semester course variable credit. Minimum of nine semester hours required for Ph.D. degree. Prerequisites Completion of required course work and comprehensive examination. Covers dissertation research under the direction of a faculty adviser.