PhD in Applied Health Sciences


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 in Augusta.

Our mission

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 standards, 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 beyond.

Program information

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 grant submissions. Students meet with their major research advisor once a semester 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.

Eligibility

Health care professionals should be credentialed as appropriate in their field. Applicants with non-health professional degrees will be considered.

Admission requirements

  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
    • 300 on exams taken after Aug. 1, 2011.

 Recommended but not required:

A letter of support from a prospective CAHS faculty mentor.

 Additional requirement for applicants with a master’s degree:

  • Minimum overall graduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GRE scores for applicants with a relevant graduate degree may be waived (considered on a case-by-case basis).