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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences · PhD

Limited-Residency | 6 Tracks | 4 Years


Students select their concentration track during the application process.
Our program is designed to take 12 semesters, or 4 years. Most students complete their dissertation within 4 to 5 years of beginning the program. You have a maximum of 8 years from the beginning of your enrollment in the PhD program to finish your dissertation.

Over your 4 years in the program you’ll travel to our campus in Provo, Utah around twice a year. These 3-5 day visits are fantastic opportunities to gain intensive training, practice your skills, and make professional connections.

Your dissertation must relate to your concentration topic. Your CTD (concentration track director) will help you hone in on your topic and find committee members to mentor you throughout the process of completing your dissertation.
We encourage you to start developing your topic very early in the program. It’s absolutely best to choose a topic by your 5th semester, when you complete the Literature Review Analysis and Synthesis course to set the basis for your research.
The Concentration Track Director and Program Director work with students to help find a committee chair. We have a database with over 200 potential mentors who are experts in many areas. If we don’t already have a connection with an expert in your specialty, we will help you seek one out. We require students to have at least one RMU-related committee member, and highly suggest that students choose committee members with whom they share geographical proximity.

Yes. During semesters 10, 11, and 12, students will pay additional fees designed to support the efforts of their dissertation chair and committee members.

During your 8th semester, you will take two qualifying exams: one for core curriculum and one for your specialty. During this semester you will take a course that prepares you for the core exam. Once you pass your core exam, your CTD will administer a concentration area exam geared toward that specific content area.

We support your studies with an array of research equipment you can employ to conduct your research and dissertation. Our on-campus equipment includes:

  • Doppler Ultrasound Technology
  • Wireless Surface Electromyography
  • Wearable Kinematic Technology
  • Portable Metabolic Analyzer
  • Weight training equipment
  • Aerobic exercise equipment

As our students are spread across the country, many also access research equipment closer to their homebase.