General Program Requirements:
Total Number of Credits Required: 45 (some of which may be in the form of Advanced Standing credit, as determined after matriculation)
|College Core Courses|
|HRPR 5001||Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions||0|
|SBHS Core Courses|
|HPM 8012||Program Evaluation||3|
|SBS 8009||Health Psychology||3|
|SBS 8105||Health Communication||3|
|SBS 8111||Public Health Program Planning||3|
|Research and Methods Courses|
|EPBI 8012||Multivariate Biostatistics 1||3|
|EPBI 8201||Structural Equation Modeling 1||3|
|EPBI 8212||Grantsmanship in Health Research||3|
|HRPR 5999||Research Experience in Health Professions 2||0|
|SBS 8001||Research Methods in Public Health||3|
|Non-Didactic Courses 4|
|SBS 9994||Preliminary Examinations||1|
|SBS 9998||Dissertation Proposal Research||2|
|SBS 9999||Dissertation Research||3|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
Students may select an alternate advanced statistics course with the approval of a faculty advisor.
Students engage in a project with a research mentor, as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Electives include SBS 8004 Understanding Stress and Change (3 s.h.), SBS 8005 Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations (3 s.h.), SBS 8006 Addictions and Dependencies (3 s.h.), SBS 8018 Obesity: From Genes to Junk Food (3 s.h.), and SBS 9083 Readings and Conference in Public Health (3 s.h.). Students may select other electives with the approval of a faculty advisor.
The Graduate School requires that students complete a minimum of 6 credits that include SBS 9994, SBS 9998, and SBS 9999. Of the 6 credits, at least 2 credits must be earned in the dissertation phase (SBS 9999).
Prior to sitting for the preliminary examinations, students must have successfully published or written a publishable paper in their chosen area of research interest. The purpose of the paper requirement is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge in specialized areas of one's chosen program, as well as a high proficiency in written communication and a capacity to contribute to generalizable knowledge in the field. The student must be the lead or sole author.
A student cannot advance to the preliminary examinations without passing the paper requirement. Failure to satisfactorily complete the area paper requirement within the specified time frame can result in dismissal from the Ph.D. program. Students who are entering the Ph.D. program and have already published a peer-reviewed paper related to their programmatic subdiscipline can request to waive this requirement by completing a waiver application and submitting it along with the published document to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Preliminary Examinations (SBS 9994):
After completing the paper requirement, all students are required to take the preliminary examinations prior to defending their dissertation research proposal. The preliminary examinations cover all of the core components of the students’ training, including the specific program. The exams should be taken within one term of completing all coursework. The student must register for 1 credit of SBS 9994 in the term in which the examinations are taken. To register for SBS 9994, the student must have completed all coursework or be enrolled in final courses in the term in which the examinations are taken. The examinations cannot be taken until all Incomplete and/or "NR" grades are removed and the area paper requirement has been satisfied. Students are required to meet with their advisor and Director of Graduate Studies before the beginning of the term in which they plan to take the examinations to establish eligibility. Special authorization is required to register.
The preliminary examinations consist of the following components:
- Two one-week take-home written examinations, with an emphasis on the student’s concentration, about:
- the history and bioethics of Public Health, and
- the scientific foundations of Public Health.
- Methods exam, which is a four-hour in-class examination on research methods and statistics.
Students who fail these exams may have one opportunity to take the examinations again. A second failure results in automatic dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
Dissertation Proposal (SBS 9998):
After passing the preliminary examinations, students may enroll in SBS 9998. Students must be enrolled for 1 credit of SBS 9998 each term until they file their dissertation proposal with the Graduate School.
All students must form a Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. The DAC is composed of at least three Graduate Faculty members: two members, including the chair, must be from the Ph.D. program faculty of the relevant department. The DAC Chair must be approved as Doctoral Graduate Faculty by the Dean of the College of Public Health and by the Graduate School. The chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress; coordinating the responses of the Committee members; and informing the student and the Director of Graduate Studies annually of the student's academic progress. A fourth, external reader is also required at the time of the final dissertation defense. This person must be a member of the Graduate Faculty at Temple or approved by the Dean of the College to take part in the final dissertation examination. This fourth member is not required to be present at the defense of the proposal.
To fulfill the requirements of SBS 9998, students must submit a dissertation proposal, successfully defend it orally before their Committee, apply for IRB approval for the proposed research, and submit the proposal to the Graduate School. Students have a maximum of one year from the time of completing their preliminary examinations to develop and defend their dissertation proposal. Thus, students may enroll in SBS 9998 for only two terms without permission. Students needing more time may, with the support of their advisor, formally petition the Director of Graduate Studies for an extension, although an extension is not guaranteed. Failure to meet these requirements can result in dismissal from the program.
Dissertation (SBS 9999):
The doctoral dissertation is an original theory-based research study that makes a significant contribution to the field of Public Health. It should expand existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's mastery of theory and research methods, particularly within a concentration or specialty area. The research should be rigorous, while upholding the ethics and standards of the field. Students are expected to submit their dissertation study for publication and presentation to professional audiences.
To fulfill the dissertation requirement, students must prepare and orally defend the final dissertation in a public meeting. Students should present their plans for publishing their dissertation as part of their defense. Students must be enrolled continuously for at least 3 credits of dissertation research until their dissertation is successfully defended. The Graduate School requires a minimum of 2 credits of SBS 9999. Students must be enrolled in the course in the term that they graduate.
The Dissertation Examining Committee (DEC) consists of the DAC plus at least one additional external reviewer. The external reviewer must be doctorally prepared. If this person is not a member of the Temple University Graduate Faculty, s/he must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the College, and the Graduate School to take part in the final dissertation examination. The DEC evaluates the student’s written dissertation and oral defense, including the student’s ability to articulate orally the research question; methodological approach; primary findings; interpretation of the findings; and implications for theory, research, and practice. The DEC votes to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.
If a student needs to change a member of a committee, the new member must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and registered with the Graduate School.
Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their DEC and work with their department’s administrative assistant to secure a room. This should be done at least one month in advance of the proposed date. The Administrative Assistant arranges the time, date, and room within two working days. After the time, date, and room are secured, the student must send to the Graduate School a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form, found in TUportal under the Tools tab within “University Forms.” This must be submitted at least 10 working days before the defense. The department posts flyers announcing the defense, and the Graduate School lists the defense on its website.