Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree or equivalent or master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a related field such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, nursing, public health, pharmacy, biomedical informatics, social work, premed, prehealth, nutrition, health promotion or others.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three letters of reference
  4. personal statement
  5. resume or curriculum vitae
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Three letters of reference from either academic or professional sources are required; reference letters from friends or relatives are not accepted. Letters demonstrating involvement in health care, community service or leadership are encouraged.

A personal statement must be submitted that explains how the applicant plans to contribute to the health care system after the degree is obtained, how the program will help the applicant achieve their goals, what the applicant's career aspirations are, and what interested the applicant in this degree program.

A phone or video conference interview with the admissions committee may be required.

Degree requirements

30 credit hours including the required capstone course (HCD 550)

Required Core (6 credit hours)
HCD 532 Health Care Management and Finance (3)
HCD 537 Comparative Heath Care Systems (3)

Track Courses (12 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Research (2 credit hours)
HCD 592 Research (2)

Culminating Experience (1 credit hour)
HCD 550 Capstone (1)

Additional Curriculum Information
Coursework taken for this program is provided through ASU and the University of New South Wales. For the specified core course, students take the equivalent of HCD 537 (PHCM 9471) at the University of New South Wales.

Students select one of the tracks as part of their curriculum. Some track courses are also listed as possible electives. In the event that an elective course is also listed as a specific track course for the track the student has selected, the student must select a different course as the elective. Students should see the academic unit for an approved list of track and elective courses.

The research requirement is taken in preparation for the capstone course. Students complete HCD 592 for one credit hour twice in consecutive terms.