Ph.D. in Health Studies

Earning your doctorate in Health Studies provides you with the foundation to develop solutions to public health issues. Our program focuses on research, with courses on health advocacy, program development and health education.

The program is cohort-based, with both online and hybrid courses.

Careers & Salaries

The fields of teaching, research or consulting are open to you as a graduate of this program. You could become a university professor, post-doctoral fellow or public health educator. Salaries in these careers vary widely.

Why Health Studies at TWU?

At TWU, you can pursue your Ph.D. either part-time or full-time. We offer both hybrid and online courses to provide flexibility to working professionals with the rigor necessary for doctoral training. Our program is structured to allow you to pursue your Ph.D. even if your master's degree isn't in health studies. We provide prerequisite courses and a co-requisite practicum to ensure you have the background required.

Program Requirements

As a Ph.D. student in Health Studies, you will be part of a cohort-based program of study. All courses at the 5000-level will be taken online. 6000-level courses are hybrid, except 6433, which is offered online.

With each hybrid course, you will be required to attend two intensive weekend sessions (Friday evening and all day Saturday) on the Denton campus. During the summer, hybrid courses are offered in a workshop format, with four class meetings on the Denton campus and the rest delivered online.

This program requires 96 credit hours, of which up to 39 can be transferred from your master’s program (letter grade of B or higher required). The remaining hours include 24 hours of health studies, 12 hours of research tools, six hours of electives, six hours of dissertation work and nine hours from one of three focus areas: higher education, population health or environmental health/open track.

See the Ph.D. Program of Study in the Graduate Catalog for more details.

How To Apply

To be considered for admission, you need a recommended graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited university and GRE scores of 152 verbal and 140 quantitative, unless you qualify for a GRE waiver. (Information on waiver provided below.)

First, you must apply to the TWU Graduate School.

Then, apply to the Health Studies program using the Health Studies application portal.

Application requirements:

  1. Personal statement letter
  2. Scientific writing sample
  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two recommendations from references
  5. Supplemental documents, such as professional licenses, certifications, membership information and awards (optional)

GRE Waiver

TWU offers doctoral candidates a waiver to the GRE requirement if you have a master’s GPA of 3.5 or higher and meet two of the following requirements:

  • Five years of health-related work
  • Five years of research experience
  • Three publications or five presentations (peer-reviewed) in the last five years

For More Information

Jason Torres
Graduate Academic Advisor
Office: CFO 1111
940-898-2864
Email: jtorres9@twu.edu