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Applied Health Sciences

A doctorate in Applied Health Sciences allows students to participate in an advanced research-focused program that examines various aspects of population health, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches while preparing graduates for a career working on healthcare teams or as allied health faculty.

The degree is designed for individuals seeking to deepen their understanding of public health and health services research (HSR) through advanced coursework, rigorous research, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

By choosing to earn your doctorate in Applied Health Sciences from Augusta University’s School of Public Health, you’ll be part of a program seeking to produce healthcare researchers prepared to advance the discovery, dissemination, and application of new knowledge in the health sciences.

Applied Health Sciences is for you if you consider yourself

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Applied Health Sciences program

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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy majoring in Applied Health Sciences will complete 72 credit hours of coursework, including a dissertation.

The degree can be completed in three years but cannot take longer than seven years. The average time to degree is approximately four to five years of full-time, year-round study.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Augusta University's Health Sciences Campus, serving as the epicenter of the university's research endeavors, offers unparalleled opportunities for students enrolled in the Allied Health Sciences program. Here, students enjoy direct access to a diverse array of esteemed researchers, seasoned clinicians, and cutting-edge facilities.

Through courses collaboratively instructed by doctoral faculty hailing from the College of Allied Health Sciences and across other esteemed Augusta University colleges, students benefit from a comprehensive and multifaceted educational experience. This approach ensures a broad and nuanced understanding spanning critical disciplines such as health informatics, public and community health, medical anthropology, neuropsychology, and neurorehabilitation, thereby preparing them for dynamic roles in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare.

Tailored Education

Three concentration areas allow students to structure their coursework to achieve their educational objectives while preparing for careers in specific areas.

Collaborative Environment

The interdisciplinary nature of the degree provides advanced study and research training opportunities that enrich student understanding and advance discovery in the health sciences.

Desirable Degree

Accreditation standards for academic programs in many fields are showing a preference for faculty with doctoral degrees.

Broad Possibilities

A doctorate in Allied Health Sciences is valued by many fields, including Health Administration, Medical Illustration, Occupational Therapy, and Health Informatics.  

Your Future

Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for postsecondary teachers is projected to rise much faster than average through 2031. In 2021, the median pay for a postsecondary teacher was $79,640 per year.

Job growth for medical scientists is also projected to rise much faster than average. The median pay for medical scientists is $95,310 per year.


Student Stories

One of the strengths of the program is the faculty. They are passionate about training students and always willing to go above and beyond. They take pride in making sure their students are excelling academically and are involved in impactful research projects.

Kendra Bufkin


As a clinician first and foremost, the program allows me to continue to think like one while I start transforming of becoming a scientist for which my research will support the advancement of my profession of physical therapy.

Lawrence Ramiscal


Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all previous college work. Applicants with an overall GPA of less than 3.0 can submit additional documents that include evidence of outstanding professional leadership, practice or scholarship for special consideration.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Letter of Support from Major Advisor: Your selected dissertation advisor must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Scientific Writing Skills: Submit at least one sample of your work to demonstration your scientific writing ability within the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Application Deadline

  • February 15, 2024
  • Domestic Applicants

Fall '24 Application Deadline

  • January 15, 2024
  • International Applicants

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

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. The program will continue to accept supporting documentation up to four weeks after the application deadline.

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Why Augusta?

The hands-on element of the program means you’re going to graduate with practical field experience and a network of colleagues and practitioners.

An established program with celebrated faculty means you’re prepared for the challenges of whatever work environment you choose.

As one of Georgia’s four research universities, Augusta University provides unparalleled access to groundbreaking researchers and the projects they’re involved with.

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