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    Hybrid and flexible

    Flexible and rigorous, online and hybrid, our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program meets you where you are.

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  • 2019 cohort

    Cohort model

    Cohorts of working professionals from diverse fields yields diverse experiences for students.

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Calls to action

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.

Announcements

2022 cohort applications

Applications are due January 15, 2022 for the cohort that begins in summer II 2022.

 application process

Pisaneschi Prize awarded

Congratulations to Samantha McDaniel, recipient of the Pisaneschi Prize for the best research paper presentation at the 2020  Interdisciplinary Doctoral Research Conference.

News and Updates

From our alumni

alumni amy freeland

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, 2014 CHHS Outstanding Alumni

Take the next step

The Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at WMU puts you on the path to research excellence. Learn with the best, connected to state and national organizations focused on health-related issues that matter to you.

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Interdisciplinarity defined

provost Bott

In November 2020, WMU Provost Jennifer Bott pointed to the interdisciplinary science Ph.D. program as an example of why WMU needs to develop cross-disciplinary programs and also an example of how those programs can work exceedingly well.

interdisciplinarity at WMU