complete 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree
distributed in the following manner:
- a three-course,
9-credit required Public Affairs substantive core
- a six-course,
18-credit required Public Affairs methodological and statistical core
- a five-course, 15-credit required discipline-specific specialization
- a one course, 3-credit required Public Affairs practicum
- 15 credit
hours of dissertation minimum
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree|
Students are required
to take a statistical assessment the summer semester prior to their entering
the program fall semester. This assessment will be used to determine a
student's statistical knowledge and competency. Students that receive a passing
score will be exempt from taking a 6000-level statistics course. Those students
requiring the 6000-level course will meet with the Track Coordinator to
determine which course will meet the requirement. Students are required to
complete and pass the course prior to registering in PAF 7804 Quantitative I:
Multivariate Analysis. The 6000-level course credit hours may be included in
the student's program of study as an elective.
A maximum of
6 credit hours of Independent Study may be used as electives with adviser’s
Transfer work will only be accepted by the
Public Affairs PhD program if taken as part of an approved plan of study for a
doctoral program at UCF or elsewhere. A maximum of 6 credit hours taken at the
doctoral level may be considered for transfer. The acceptance of
transfer credit into the track specialization and general elective component is
dependent upon the approval of the Track Coordinator in consultation with the
PAF Director. Transfer work will not be accepted into the PAF substantive or
methodological core components.
grade of B- or better is required in all substantive core and methodological core courses. Students receiving a grade of "C+" or lower will be required to
repeat the course and receive a grade of B- or better prior to taking the
Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam. Any student who receives more
than one “C” in their doctoral course work may be dismissed from the program.
A minimum of 3.0
graduate status GPA and program of study GPA is required to maintain graduate
student status and for graduation. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be
dismissed from the program.
Any student who receives an "F"
grade in their doctoral course work will be dismissed from the program.
Required Courses—45 Credit Hours
Public Affairs Substantive Core—9
- PAF 7000 Foundations of Public Affairs:
People, Places, Policies and Paradigms (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7230
Strategic Change and Management for Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7317 Social Inquiry and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
Methodological and Statistical Core—18 Credit Hours
- PAF 7802 Advanced Research Methodology for Public
Affairs I (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804 Advanced Statistics
for Public Affairs I: Multivariate Analysis (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7805 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs II: Survey
of Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7820
Qualitative Methods for Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7325 Policy and Program Evaluation for Public Affairs (3 credit
Choose one of the
- PAF 7868 Advanced Statistics for Public Affairs
III: Continued Survey of Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7856 Structural Equation Modeling in Public Affairs (3 credit hours)
methodological or statistical course (3 credit hours)
Practicum—3 Credit Hours
- PAF 7947 Practicum in Community-Based Research (3 credit hours)
At the end of the required coursework,
students will take the Practicum in Community-Based Research course (PAF 7947).
Led by a professor, the practicum provides the student with the opportunity to
work within an interdisciplinary team to use their substantive learning and
apply their methodological and statistical tools to a real community problem.
This experiential learning brings the student out to the community while
bringing the community into the university.
Track Specialization—15 Credit Hours
Students are required to take the following three
- HSA 7116 Theories in Healthcare Management (3
- HSA 7936 Advanced Seminar in Health Economics (3 credit
- HSA 7938 Advanced Seminar in Health Services Research (3 credit
Choose two additional specialization courses from the following courses:
- HSA 6108 Healthcare Strategic
Management (3 credit hours)
- HSA 6128 Services Management (3 credit
- HSA 6342 Healthcare Human Resources Management (3 credit
- PHC 6000 Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
- PHC 6146 Health
Planning and Policy (3 credit hours)
- PHC 6160 Healthcare Finance and
Insurance (3 credit hours)
- HSA 7125 Globalization and Health (3 credit
- See adviser for appropriate methodological elective (3 credit
- Directed independent study (3 credit hours)
- Or other
course that will add to the student's course of study. Requires approval of
adviser. (3 credit hours)
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
- PAF 7980 Dissertation Research
Upon acceptance of a student into the program,
the program director provides students with an initial orientation and a
general advising session. The Track Coordinator in conjunction with the PAF
Director helps the student throughout the foundation stage of the program,
assisting in the clarification of interests and goals and facilitating the
introduction of students to faculty and research interests that can advance the
student's program of study. Health Services Management and Research Track
students will be advised by the Health Services Management and Research
Track Coordinator. The Track Coordinator assists the student in selecting
elective courses, finalizing the program of study, and facilitating discussion
with faculty members who have similar research interests. Discussion and
review of dissertation topics should take place with the faculty member who has
agreed to chair the dissertation committee. The dissertation chair is to be
selected by the student prior to commencing the dissertation
Research Proficiency Exam and Qualifying Exam
Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are required to take a Research Proficiency Exam (RPE) and Qualifying Exam (QE). The Research Proficiency Exam will be taken after the successful completion of the Methodological Core courses. Following successful completion of all PAF core courses (not including Track Specialization courses or the Practicum), students are required to pass a Qualifying Exam. The exam is given following finals in the fall or spring semesters.
Students are given two opportunities to pass the RPE and the QE. Students who fail any section twice are dismissed from the program. Any student who fails any the RPE twice or the QE twice will not be readmitted into the PAF program. This policy includes all tracks and/or any master's to PhD program(s) within the PAF program. Please refer to the student handbook for further information.
Students officially enter
candidacy when the following work has been accomplished:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the Research Proficiency Exam and
dissertation advisory committee is formed and has been reviewed and approved by
the PAF Program and the College of Graduate Studies. Members of the committee
are to be approved graduate faculty or graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved graduate
program of study.
- Submission of dissertation prospectus to turnitin.com.
Subsequent results to be within acceptable rating.
- Successful defense of the
- All approved documentation has been received by the PAF
and Graduate offices.
Full-time students in the Public Affairs Program pay a $40 equipment fee
each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $20 per