Western Michigan University's Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences program is an innovative interdisciplinary approach to educating Ph.D. professionals with research and leadership skills to improve health and human services in all areas of society.

The program is highly accessible to non-traditional working professionals, providing high quality doctoral education using a combination of:

  • On-campus weekend sessions
  • Intensive on-campus summer sessions
  • Distance learning technologies

In any setting, the interdisciplinary skills of the graduates of this program prepare them uniquely to address complex problems and contribute to interdisciplinary evidence-based practice.

"WMU's interdisciplinary health sciences Ph.D. program has allowed me to transform my 15 years of clinical experience into a rich and valuable research base which launched my scientific research career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" —Amy Freeland, Ph.D., Epidemiologist

News and Announcements

The 2020 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research (IDR) Conference, September 26, 2020. 

Presented by the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. Program.

Due to various issues associated with the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research (IDR) Conference was moved to September 26, 2020. The event will be offered on-line (Zoom) to allow greater flexibility for our presenters, alumni, current doctoral students, program faculty, judges, and audience members to participate. If you would like to attend this event via Zoom, please email Dr. Kieran Fogarty (kieran.fogarty@wmich.edu) to obtain the Zoom link with the meeting ID and password information. 

Please Note: Due to COVID related safety concerns and room capacity restrictions, all on-campus access to this event will be strictly limited to presenters, judges and program faculty.

Unfortunately, due to obvious COVID related restrictions, the presentation of scientific posters will not be offered at this year’s conference. As such there will be no R.C. Wardley Award for the Best Scientific Poster this year.