College of Allied Health
Allied Health Sciences
801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Susan Sisson, PhD, Associate Professor, Program Director, Nutritional Sciences
Carol Dionne, DPT, PhD, Co-Program Director-Rehabilitation Sciences, Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
Hongwu Wang, PhD, Co-Program Director-Rehabilitation Sciences, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx
Doctor of Philosophy
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Allied Health Sciences is interdisciplinary, with areas of specialization in Nutritional Sciences and Rehabilitation Sciences.
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Allied Health Sciences is interdisciplinary and designed to promote knowledge across disciplines and informed collaboration among disciplines. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume leadership roles in research, education, public policy, and administration of health care services.
The individualized program is designed to meet each student's educational goals. Graduate courses from any of the departments within the College of Allied Health, the Health Sciences Center campus, or the Norman campus may be selected as a part of a student's individualized program. The interdisciplinary aspects of the program will promote expansion of knowledge across disciplines and informed collaboration among disciplines, which are hallmarks of today's research, education, and health care environments.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Because faculty and students work together closely in the PhD program, prior to the submission of an application a prospective student must identify a faculty member who has expertise in the applicant's area of interest, has authority to chair a PhD committee, and agrees to serve as the student’s advisor if admitted.
- Contact the Department of Nutritional Sciences or Rehabilitation Sciences to determine compatibility of educational goals with the program
- Go to http://alliedhealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx for a list of faculty and their interests and research activities.
- To see if a potential advisor has the authority to chair a doctoral committee (level 4), click on the name at http://emcf.ouhsc.edu/facappt//
- Contact potential advisors and attain a letter or memo of support from the faculty who has agreed to mentor
To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program after identifying a potential advisor, an applicant is evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in graded graduate coursework and have completed an undergraduate degree in an area of science that adequately prepares them for the proposed plan of study described below;
- It is preferred to have completed 34 credit hours of graduate coursework;
- A master's degree is preferred. The master's degree need not be in Nutritional Sciences or Rehabilitation Sciences. Each student's Advisory Committee reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of any graduate work previously completed by a student and may limit transfer credit. A maximum of 34 hours (NS) or 30 hours (RS) of master's degree work may be applied to the 90 hours required for the Ph.D. degree;
- A GRE score is required. Applicants who have matriculated from foreign institutions will also need a minimum TOEFL score of 550. The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org. GRE and TOEFL scores should come from tests taken within the past two years.
- Submit a career goal statement, which includes a description of how the applicant expects the program to assist in meeting career goals, as well as the shared interests of the mentor and applicant. The admissions committee will consider the quality of the statement and the compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with those of the program.
- Submit a completed on-line application including the sections titled Application for Admission and Allied Health Supplemental. Application deadlines are July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring and May 1 for summer.
- All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). WES web site is http://www.wes.org
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced degree focusing on in-depth study and research training designed to meet the needs and interests of each student. Ninety hours post-baccalaureate are required.
- All students are required to take core interdisciplinary and seminar courses (10 credit hours).
- Students must participate in the seminar course four semesters.
- There is a 15-18 credit hour requirement for research methods and statistic courses.
- There are 11-12 required individualized credit hours in an area of specialization. An individualized program for each student will be identified to meet each student’s goals. Graduate courses from any of the departments within the College of Allied Health, the Health Sciences Center Campus or Norman Campus may be selected. Existing areas of specialization are Rehabilitation Sciences and Nutritional Sciences.
- Up to 20 hours can be earned in doing original research for the dissertation under the supervision of faculty from the College of Allied Health.
Graduates of these programs will be prepared to assume leadership roles in research, education, public policy, and administration of health care services.
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