Program Director

Ken Learman, PhD, PT

Director, PhD in Health Sciences

Professor, Physical Therapy

klearman@ysu.edu

Mission:

To prepare the next generation of academics who are excellent researchers, instructors, and are prepared to serve Northeast Ohio and beyond

Vision:

We aspire to become the premier choice for doctoral preparation of healthcare professionals seeking to transition from the clinic to the classroom or research lab by 2025.

Admissions requirements:

Adequacy of students 
The Ph.D. in Health Sciences is designed to accept students who possess a bachelor’s, master’s or a clinical doctorate degree. The bachelor’s and master’s degrees considered should be health related, but will consider students with a basic science degree (ex. biology) if there is an established interest in healthcare. Additionally, there has been a track established for the current entry-level DPT students at YSU to enter a dual DPT/Ph.D. track at the end of their first year in the DPT program. All applicants to the program will be evaluated against the following admission criteria:

•    Student with an interest in the Health Sciences and an interest in pursuing employment in academia, research, or clinical practice.
•    Minimum overall 3.0 GPA from a bachelor's or master's degree.
•    Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis for a GPA of 2.7-2.99. This will mandate a provisional admission.
•    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 290 on parts 1 and 2, and 3.5 writing score are recommended.
•    If required by the field, a current license to practice.
•    3 letters of reference.
•    Personal essay of why you are pursuing this degree.
•   A TOEFL score of at least 550 on a paper-based test, the equivalent score on a similar test, or an undergraduate degree from a university in the US.

Admissions will be completed by considering the student’s individual research agenda as well as compatibility and availability of faculty to serve on dissertation committees.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SummerS.H.
PHYT 8921 Evidence Based Practice in Health Sciences 1
 Semester Hours1
Fall
TCED 6922 Principles of Instruction 3
PHYT 8935 Epidemiology in Health Sciences 3
PHYT 8940 Interdisciplinary Health Care Delivery 3
 Semester Hours9
Spring
TCED 6934 Assessment and Accountability 3
CJFS 6945 Research Methods in Health and Human Services 3
PHYT 8941 Psychosocial & Cultural Aspects of Healthcare 3
 Semester Hours9
Year 2
Summer
PHYT 8942 Mental and Behavioral Aspects of Healthcare 3
PHYT 8990 Graduate Research in Health Sciences 3
 Semester Hours6
Fall
TCED 6936 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Improve Learning 3
CJFS 6940 Statistical Techniques in Health and Human Services 3
Concentration Course Elective 3
 Semester Hours9
Spring
PHYT 8962 Mentored Instruction 3
PHYT 8970 Scientific Writing in Health Sciences 3
Concentration Course Elective 3
 Semester Hours9
Year 3
Summer
Comps  
 Semester Hours0
Fall
PHYT 8990 Graduate Research in Health Sciences 3
 Semester Hours3
Spring
PHYT 8995 Dissertation in Health Sciences 4
 Semester Hours4
Year 4
Summer
PHYT 8995 Dissertation in Health Science 4
 Semester Hours4
Fall
PHYT 8995 Dissertation in Health Science 5
 Semester Hours5
Spring
PHYT 8995 Dissertation in Health Science 5
 Semester Hours5
 Total Semester Hours64

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By graduation from the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences program, students will:

  1. Formulate a research question based on an identified gap in the literature in their field of study.
  2. Synthesize how elements of research design can be used to control studies.
  3. Identify appropriate statistical testing or assessment techniques to analyze data based on the purpose of a research question.
  4. Effectively relate the scientific evidence to specific patient/client cases in their fields. 
  5. Outline and explain how psychosocial and mental & behavioral factors impact healthcare outcomes of various disease processes relate to their area of research. 
  6. Create a research question and design a research study to answer a postulated question regarding the teaching andragogy in Health Sciences education. 
  7. Synthesize current literature on economic, political, and social influences of current health care policy and their interdependency for future policy change.
  8. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.