Carey’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Education program prepares doctorate-level practitioners in faculty roles to seek tenure track positions that require a PhD. The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare healthcare professionals as educators and healthcare researchers. Answer the call to care in both the healthcare field and the classroom, and earn a terminal degree that will allow you to share your expertise with tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

Program Overview


The program can be completed in 24 months with a full-time plan of study or 36 months with a part-time plan of study.
*Longer plans of study can be created based on students needs (but must be completed within six years).

Delivery Method

This program utilizes a hybrid format. Most coursework is online, and there are two synchronous online weekend meetings and two in-person weekend meetings per year at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi campus. It is convenient for the full-time working student.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

To be admitted as a regular student, the applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application to William Carey University and the graduate school
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Submit a scholarly narrative of 1-2 pages of personal philosophy of education and goals
  • Submit current curriculum vita
  • Submit three letters of reference: two from individuals who can attest to research and scholarship and one personal reference
  • Submit the completed and notarized criminal background check affidavit
  • Have earned a doctoral degree in a healthcare-related field from an accredited school
  • Have earned a GPA ≥ 3.0 on doctoral-level courses
  • If professionally licensed, registered, or certified in a healthcare-related field, have an active, unencumbered license, registry, or certificate with no pending legal or state board action
  • Be eligible to re-enter any previously attended college or university in good standing. If previously enrolled in a PhD program, the applicant must provide a letter of good standing from that program.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy involving proficiency in word processing, email correspondence, and the internet

Career Outlooks

Completion of this program will prepare students for faculty roles in healthcare education tenure track positions that require a PhD.

Your Future Starts Here

Whether you are a first-time student or a working professional seeking to advance your career, William Carey College of Health Sciences has a place for you. We are excited to connect with you and guide you on your way toward joining the next generation of leaders and difference-makers in the global community!