The Ph.D. in interdisciplinary health sciences at Western Michigan University is for people who hold a master's degree in an area related to health and human services and are interested in furthering their careers as researchers, higher education faculty and leaders of interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
Students are encouraged to develop their in-depth knowledge within chosen areas through cognate courses and a research practicum. Program and interdisciplinary faculty, across the College of Health and Human Services and beyond, provide supportive mentoring in a context of rigorous standards and expectations.
- Uses a cohort model, with around 12 students (no more than three from any one discipline) admitted biennially in even years through a competitive process. There are usually around 30 students active in the program at any time.
- Is designed to build competence in interdisciplinary collaboration, research and problem solving.
- Is tailored to develop competence in the three areas of contribution expected for university faculty—research, teaching and service.
Thus, it aims to address current and pending national shortages in doctoral level faculty across the fields of health and human services. Graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in other venues as well.
The mission of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D. program at Western Michigan University is to prepare doctoral-level researchers, educators and leaders with the interdisciplinary skills and vision to improve health and human services in all areas of society.