Doctor of Philosophy - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

The Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), one of the first offered in the Western United States, is an innovative approach to healthcare research and responds to the growing demand from federal funding agencies to have an interdisciplinary research approach to complex healthcare problems.The emerging demand for an interdisciplinary approach requires the development of team science, which refers to conceptual and methodological strategies of collaborative research inquiry that will keep pace with the ever changing global healthcare milieu.

The program of study requires 24 credits in the interdisciplinary health sciences core — 12 of which are dissertation credits — and 36 credits within one of the following sub-plans:

The sub-plans enable students to apply team science concepts while developing expertise in a specialized area of study.

Learning Objectives

Research
Independently produce sound translational research by generating innovative research questions, casting appropriate designs, implementing study protocols, analyzing data, and critiquing the results in written form.
Interdisciplinary
Identify external funding sources that are relevant to the research focus area and generate an interdisciplinary grant proposal that is appropriate for that funding announcement.
Expertise
Disseminate translational research findings orally and critique the scientific literature in area of specialty with sufficient depth to be considered an expert.

Career Possibilities

A Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences prepares the next generation of leaders, educators, and scholars/researchers within the health care industry.