2014 cohort

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.

The program

This interdisciplinary Ph.D. program uses a cohort model, with 12 to 15 students (no more than three from any one discipline) admitted biennially (in even years) through a competitive process. There are usually 35 to 40 students active in the program at any time.

We have designed the curriculum to build competence in interdisciplinary collaboration, research and problem solving. Your experience will be 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

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.