Health and Exercise Science: Health Promotion, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D501

Program Requirements

Interdisciplinary Research Core (12 hours)
HES 6970Seminar in Health and Exercise Science3
HES 6990Independent Study in Health and Exercise Science3
Graduate Statisics6
Dissertation Research (12 hours)
HES 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation12
Extended Core for Health Promotion (15 hours)
HES 6513Qualitative Research Methods in Health Promotion 13
HES 6523Social Marketing in Health Promotion3
or HES 6573
HES 6563Health Behavior II: Community, Organizational and Population Influences3
HES 6553Advanced Measurement and Evaluation3
BSE 5113 (OUHSC) 13
Electives: Electives and transfer credit (including credit from a completed master's degree) as approved by the doctoral advisory committee and as needed to complete 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree51
Total Credit Hours90

HES 6513 and BSE 5113 may be substituted with other courses approved by the doctoral advisory committee.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: