For the successful completion of the Ph.D. program, the Graduate School and the faculty within the Health Services and Outcomes Research program have established the following minimum requirements.

Course Requirements

  1. For international and non-pharmacy U.S. students, if recommended by advisor, attend lectures of the professional course PHAR 800: Pharmacy Practice and Management 1 with the permission of that course instructor.
  2. For students with a non-thesis MS degree, successfully complete a HOR project and submit for publication by the end of the 2nd year.
  3. Complete required course requirements.
  4. Complete elective course requirements (minimum of 12 hours).
  5. Complete PHAR 758 – Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research and online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certificate training (for social sciences) for responsible conduct of research requirements.
  6. Complete at least 1-12 hours of dissertation hours as necessary after successful completion of the qualifying exam to complete the approved dissertation project.
  7. Summer internships with companies, contract research organizations, or other such entities are considered optional and may be availed only in the second summer of the program. Permission of both the department chair and the mentor faculty must be sought prior to applying for an internship.

Teaching Requirements

  1. Attend the WVU Summer Teaching Scholars Program.
  2. Develop and present a minimum of three classroom teaching presentations (1hr to 2hr) within the graduate and pharmacy professional curriculum.
  3. Attend all graduate seminars up to the time of graduation and actively participate in presentations and leading of group discussions.
  4. Attend and participate in all presentations by guest speakers arranged by the department and the ISPOR student chapter, interview candidates, and PhD dissertation defenses.

Dissertation Requirements

  1. Identify a PhD committee chair/advisor by the end of the second semester in the PhD program.
  2. Appoint a PhD Committee and submit a Plan of Study by the end of the third semester in the PhD program.
  3. Successfully complete written and oral qualifying examinations by the beginning of the fifth semester in the PhD program. Committee must consist of at least three HSOR faculty members and one committee member from outside the PhD program.
  4. After successfully completing the written and oral qualifying examinations, submit a written dissertation proposal to committee and orally defend the proposal (public presentation) by end of fifth semester.
  5. Orally defend final dissertation (public defense) within 12-18 months of proposal defense. All dissertation chapters must be reviewed by the mentor faculty (and PhD committee faculty if necessary) and submitted to the Committee members at least two weeks prior to the PhD defense date.
  6. Submit an approved dissertation to WVU in a traditional 5-chapter book or 3 manuscript model. Three Manuscripts Model for Ph.D. Dissertation
  7. Submit at least one manuscript for peer review for publication from the dissertation work prior to the PhD defense and the remaining two prior to the ETD submission and final graduation requirements.

Additional Graduation Requirements

  1. Write at least one NIH type proposal (R21 or R01 in SF 424/PHS 398) during their training. This may be while assisting a faculty member on a grant submission
  2. Author at least three (3) peer-reviewed manuscripts either published or accepted for publication (unrelated to the dissertation) prior to graduation. The three publications must come from work done at WVU, be a mix of manuscripts using primary data and secondary data, and at least two of these three publications must be first authored. Collaborative and team research work with other program graduate students and faculty are expected.
  3. Submit abstracts for presentation at national or international professional meetings. Abstracts must be reviewed by a collaborating faculty member at least a week prior to submission to the conference.
  4. Attend and make presentations at national meetings.