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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College Bulletin

5.9 - Health Promotion Sciences

College of Public Health

Health Promotion Sciences
801 NE 13th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
(405) 271- 2017

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/AboutUs/Departments/HealthPromotionSciences.aspx

Thomas A. Teasdale, Dr.PH, Chair

FACULTY ROSTER
For a complete listing of the departmental graduate faculty visit this web site 

http://publichealth.ouhsc.edu/FacultyandStaff/FacultyandStaffContacts.aspx

GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Faculty expertise in health promotion sciences (HPS) includes anthropology, family studies, gerontology, health disparities, health education, health promotion, nutrition, program planning and evaluation, research methods, sociology, social work, and other related disciplines.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The Department of Health Promotion Sciences prepares public health professionals for leadership roles in the development, promotion, and application of social and behavioral science theory and methods for solving community health problems. Courses and degree programs are directed toward students who wish to pursue a career in health promotion and those already in specialized disciplines who seek supporting knowledge in the field.  In addition to the degree requirements established for the College of Public Health, departmental requirements for degree programs may apply.  Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening for the convenience of practicing professionals.

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Master of Science (MS) degree in HPS is oriented toward research in the specialty area within public health. Requirements for admission are the same as for all MS degree programs in the Graduate College and are described elsewhere in this bulletin.

Graduation requirements include a minimum of 36 semester hours and a thesis, with no more than four semester hours allowed for work related to the thesis (5980). At least three of the five core courses required of the M.P.H. degree must be included in the MS requirements. With written approval of both the student's departmental chair and the chair of the offering department, a more advanced course may be substituted for any of the core courses. All degree candidates are required to successfully defend their thesis.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in HPS is an advanced, research-oriented degree designed for those intending to pursue research or teaching in the field.  General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described elsewhere in this bulletin.  Acceptance into the Health Promotion Sciences program requires a Master’s degree in Public health (or relevant Master’s degree), completion of the five core public health courses, GPA ≥ 3.50, suitable GRE or TOEFL scores, an example of prior writing, and a statement of your purpose for seeking this degree program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact a HPS faculty member who could be a potential mentor. Conditional admittance on probationary status may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements.

Conditional admittance may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements. A minimum of 60 semester hours post-masters must be presented for the degree. No more than 30 hours will be allowed for work related to the dissertation (6980).

The curriculum is composed of HPS Core courses (9 hours), Research Methods (15 hours), a minor field (9 hours) and coursework in a substantive area (15 hours).  Minor and substantive area requirements must be approved by the student's advisory committee.  The comprehensive exam is composed of individual exams in three areas: Theory, Methods, and Substantive Area.  The Theory and Methods portions of the exam are departmental exams with no fewer than three evaluators.  Any faculty member in the department can submit questions and serve as an evaluator. The Substantive Area exam will be given by the student's dissertation committee.  The five-member dissertation committee will be composed of 3 faculty members from HPS, 1 from COPH or the substantive area and 1 member from the minor area.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in HPS is an advanced, research-oriented degree designed for those intending to pursue research or teaching in the field.  General requirements for admission and completion of the degree are consistent with those applicable to all PhD programs as described elsewhere in this bulletin.  Acceptance into the Health Promotion Sciences program requires a Master’s degree in Public health (or relevant Master’s degree), completion of the five core public health courses, GPA ≥ 3.50, suitable GRE or TOEFL scores, an example of prior writing, and a statement of your purpose for seeking this degree program.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact a HPS faculty member who could be a potential mentor. Conditional admittance on probationary status may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements.

Conditional admittance may be conferred for students who do not meet all of the admission requirements. A minimum of 60 semester hours post-masters must be presented for the degree. No more than 30 hours will be allowed for work related to the dissertation (6980).

The curriculum is composed of HPS Core courses (9 hours), Research Methods (15 hours), a minor field (9 hours) and coursework in a substantive area (15 hours).  Minor and substantive area requirements must be approved by the student's advisory committee.  The comprehensive exam is composed of individual exams in three areas: Theory, Methods, and Substantive Area.  The Theory and Methods portions of the exam are departmental exams with no fewer than three evaluators.  Any faculty member in the department can submit questions and serve as an evaluator. The Substantive Area exam will be given by the student's dissertation committee.  The five-member dissertation committee will be composed of 3 faculty members from HPS, 1 from COPH or the substantive area and 1 member from the minor area. Current Courses:  Search HPS prefix courses found online at http://apps.ouhsc.edu/StudentInfo/Courses.aspx?College=PH

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