The ScD program requires a minimum of 75 post-baccalaureate degree credits with at least 45 credits of doctoral study at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 30 credits may be applied from the MPH or equivalent master’s degree. These credits will be reviewed and those that do not fulfill the PhD competencies may not be accepted. If a prerequisite course or equivalent has not been fulfilled, the student must take the course in addition to the 30 credits of advanced doctoral study, but may count toward the total 72 credits.
The advisor works with the student to outline a course of study in the doctoral program. If the doctoral student does not have a prior public health degree, they must obtain a grounding in public health.
- BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
- EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
- GHSD 6030 Introduction to Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)
Advanced Doctoral Study (at least 45 credits)
- ESCD 8310 Seminar in Organizational Theory
- ESCD 8410 Cost Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
- ESCD 8430 Decision Analysis/Advance Utility Theory
- ESCD 8510 Seminar in Applied Health Economics
- ESCD 8610 Seminar in Health Policy Analysis
- ESCD 8710 Health Outcomes
- ESCD 8730 Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression Analysis
- ESCD 8750 Advanced Research Methods
- ESCD 8770 Health Services Research Design and Methods
- ESCD 8780 Qualitative Research Methods
- ESCD 8790 Advanced Research Methods
- ESCD 8900 Research Strategies
- SPHL 8500 Interdisciplinary Seminar
- Dissertation Research (9)
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate ScD program competencies.
Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.
Students must conduct original health services research and defend a dissertation based on that research.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
The ScD in Health Systems Management requires a 300 hour practicum that is done in a practice setting to apply management and leadership skills. If done in their workplace, the project or activity is beyond their job responsibilities and under the leadership of a mentor.
The comprehensive exam and dissertation serve as the Culminating Experience.