Old Dominion University Health Services Research Ph.D. Student Recruitment Notice
Dr. Robert Cramer, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Health Sciences at Old Dominion University, is recruiting a doctoral student for the interdisciplinary Health Services Research (HSR) Ph.D. program beginning Fall of 2016.
About the Health Services Research Ph.D. Program: Housed in ODU’s College of Health Sciences, the HSR Ph.D. program draws on faculty expertise from five separate schools: Community & Environmental Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Medical & Diagnostic Translational Sciences, and Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. The goals of the program are to enable students to conduct and interpret health services research, to formulate and analyze public health policy, to lead programs and organizations that address the health care needs of populations and to work directly with community members to empower them to be a part of the policy formulation process. In accomplishing these goals students in the program develop the critical skills necessary to assemble and integrate qualitative and quantitative evidence applicable to problem formulation and policy analysis. Students also develop a specialized cognate in conjunction with their mentor. Our health services researchers pursue careers in many settings, including academia, professional organizations, research centers, health policy groups, clinical settings, and in federal, state, and local agencies.
About the position: The student admitted to the program for this position will work directly with Dr. Cramer on his or her dissertation, as well as Dr. Cramer’s ongoing research collaborations. Dr. Cramer has established networks with scholars across the U.S., as well as Europe and Australia. The student, pending successful completion of program requirements and eligibility criteria, will receive full funding for three or four years in the program. Dr. Cramer and the HSR Ph.D. program also encourage student pursuit of interdisciplinary collaborations with other members of the College of Health Sciences and programs across campus.
About Dr. Cramer’s research areas: Dr. Cramer’s work draws on social/personality psychology, criminological and public health approaches to the following topic areas:
• Suicide assessment and prevention
• Hate crimes, prejudice and discrimination
• Interpersonal violence & victimology
• LGBT Identity and Health
• The intersection of psychology, law and public policy
While potential students should demonstrate interest in one or more of these areas, additional student interests for integration/collaboration may include:
• Mental health (e.g., PTSD, depression)
• Health disparities in vulnerable populations (e.g., law enforcement, low SES)
• Correctional health
• Sexual health
• HIV/AIDS risk and resilience
How to apply:
Applications are due March 1, 2016. The following are necessary application components:
• Recommendations 3 Recommendation Letters (at least one from an academic source and one from a professional source)
• Essay (include description of professional goals and research interests)
• Transcripts From all prior institutions
• A CV or Resume is required
• A completed Pre-requisite Competency Areas Form
• Completed master's degree from a program that is accredited by an appropriate specialized accrediting agency or from an institution that is nationally accredited. Degrees such as M.D., J.D., and D.D.S. are also acceptable
• A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master's degree
• Acceptable overall total score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
• TOEFL score of at least 550 (233 for online version)
• Three letters of reference from sources capable of commenting on the applicant's readiness and commitment for doctoral studies. At least one must be from an academic source and one from a professional source
• Prerequisite courses are necessary for students who do not have graduate preparation in basic statistics, research design and health management or administration. Prerequisite courses in health delivery systems and community health may be required for students without academic preparation or experience in these areas
How to learn more: Dr. Cramer welcomes inquiries from interested potential candidates and/or faculty members who may know of interested applicants. Please email him at ude.udo|remarcr#ude.udo|remarcr.