The College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University offers an innovative,
interprofessional, and highly applicable PhD in Applied Health Sciences for professionals
seeking advanced study and research training opportunities in order to comprehensively
solve health care problems.
Graduates of this collaborative program will be research-focused and clinically oriented,
able to work on health care teams in evidence-based practice or as allied health faculty. The
program is offered full- or part-time as a program in the College of Allied Health
Sciences through the Graduate School at Augusta University’s Health Sciences Campus
Provide advanced study and research training opportunities in a collaborative manner
to comprehensively solve health care issues.
Prepare interprofessional, research-focused, and clinically-oriented, faculty in the
To produce scholars capable of advancing the discovery, dissemination, and application
of new knowledge in the health sciences.
Why a PhD in Applied Health Sciences?
Augusta University PhD in Applied Health Sciences addresses the acute need for discipline-specific
health care PhD programs.
We offer health care professionals a doctoral education that meets individual, professional,
and societal needs.
Academic programs in many fields increasingly prefer PhD-trained faculty to meet accreditation
Many accrediting bodies also now require interprofessional education in curriculums.
In addition, team-based research is increasingly emphasized for federal research funding.
Our program joins advanced health education with excellence in research, producing
graduates with the innovative research skills needed for health care in Georgia and
The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step.
Students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester.
The average time to degree is approximately 4-5 years of full-time, year-round study.
Acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years.
The program allows students to structure course work within three concentration areas:
rehabilitation science, health care outcomes, and diagnostic sciences.
Courses are co-taught by doctorally trained faculty from the many CAHS disciplines
and other Augusta University colleges with expertise in health informatics, public
and community health, clinical outcomes, evidence-based practice, medical anthropology,
early childhood education, neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, database management,
cardiovascular/metabolic health and more.
Student research is also interdisciplinary in nature, with faculty members from at
least two disciplines serving on a student’s PhD committee.
Students must complete an original investigation demonstrating independent thinking,
a collaborative approach, scholarly ability, critical judgment, and knowledge of research
methods and techniques.
Students are assessed based on portfolios of written class assignments, self-reflection
papers, peer evaluations of team collaboration, oral presentations, manuscripts, and
Students meet with their major research advisor regularly to review their portfolio
and to assess progress.
Health professionals with a bachelor’s degree require a minimum of 72 credit hours
to complete the program.
Professionals holding a post-baccalaureate degree may be able to apply up to 9 credit
hours of relevant course work.
Fall Entry:March 15
All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an
application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.
Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only
be considered on a space-available basis.
Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
Health care professionals should be credentialed as appropriate in their field. Applicants
with non-health professional degrees will be considered.
Bachelor’s degree with academic preparation in the proposed area of concentration.
Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools.
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
All undergraduate coursework must be included in the computation.
For repeated courses for credit, each attempt is included.
Minimum combined GRE scores:
1,000 on exams taken before Aug. 1, 2011.
Minimum 500 (Verbal) and 550 (Quantitative) are preferred.
An Analytical score of 550 is recommended.
300on exams taken after Aug. 1, 2011.
A letter outlining the applicant’s academic and professional goals.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s intellectual
achievement and potential.
At least two must be from faculty or senior administrators at academic institutions.
Credentialed in a health science profession (if applicable).
Identification of a CAHS faculty who can serve as Major Advisor
A letter of support from the faculty will strengthen the application.
The faculty must have an appointment in The Graduate School.
Written and oral doctoral comprehensive examinations in the area of concentration
are taken after completing the required coursework.
Upon passing these examinations, the student is advanced to candidacy and must enroll
in Dissertation (CAHS 9300) until graduation.
A final oral defense is held after completion of the dissertation and after all other
degree requirements have been met.
Dissertation research and oral defense must be completed within three years of admission
The Applied Health Sciences PhD program administered through a cooperative effort
between The Office of Academic Admissions and The Graduate School.
The Graduate School provides oversight to help set and ensure high academic standards
in making the final decision.
Applications and references are submitted via the ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) online system.
Completed applications and references will be transferred from CollegeNet system to
Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions (OAA) for processing into the Augusta
University electronic applicant database system.
Programs will have access to applicant’s files and documents only after OAA has officially
processed them into the Augusta University electronic applicant database system.
Applicants can monitor OAA’s receipt and processing of their application and application
documents into the Augusta University system using the online status check.
Application decisions will not be made until all official documents have been received
and processed into the Augusta University’s electronic applicant database system by
Augusta University’s OAA.
Upon review of the application and supporting documents, qualified applicants will
be invited on campus for an interview.
Taken together, the applicant should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate
study in the field for which they are seeking admittance.
Exceptions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved
at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
Upon recommendation of the interview/selection committee, the applicant's credentials
and applicant profile will be reviewed and a formal, official decision for admittance
to the PhD program will be made.
Official notice of admission can only come from the dean of The Graduate School via
notification from Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission.
Upon acceptance, the applicant must their Admissions Acceptance Contract and official
final transcripts, if necessary to the address below or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augusta University The Office of Academic Admissions 1120 15th Street, Benet House Augusta, Georgia 30912
Technical Standards (next step for accepted applicants)
For accepted applicants to qualify for enrollment into, retention in and graduation
from academic programs in The Graduate School, the individual must satisfy certain