Consumer Health Concentration

What is Consumer Health?

  • Consumer Health research is a field that focuses on enabling patients, families, caregivers, and the general public to participate in health care decision making.
  • Consumer Health bridges the gap between individuals and health care.
  • Consumer Health research focuses on vulnerable populations where health information is likely to be less than optimal.
  • Consumer Health focuses on health information and optimal ways to provide this information to the public to improve health literacy. It helps consumers by developing reliable information to empower individuals to take control of their health care.

Graduate education and research in consumer health is designed to train, educate, and influence the next generation of consumer health scholars by combining the graduate programs of consumer behavior and family and consumer economics with public health expertise.

The Mission of Purdue University’s The Department of Consumer Science’s Consumer Health concentration is to:

  1. Conduct relevant and significant research
  2. Provide quality teaching based on innovative curricula
  3. Transfer knowledge to external constituents in the area of consumer health

As a group, our goal is to excel in discovery, learning, and engagement activities within the sciences of consumer health, public health, and health services research. Our mission is to create, interpret, transmit, and apply knowledge related to consumer health in local, national, and global publics.

Consumer health faculty research includes patient-centered healthcare, women’s health, adolescent sexual health, primary care, cancer care, end-of-life care, and intervention development.

Core Courses

CSR 60100 Consumer Health Disparities
CSR 60200 Translational Consumer Health: Research, Practice, and Policy
CSR 62000 Consumer Health Theories
CSR 62300 Designs and Analysis of Public Health Interventions
CSR 58100 Social Marketing in Health
STAT 50100 Experimental Statistics I
STAT 50200 Experimental Statistics II

Students will also be required to take 2 Advanced Statistics Courses beyond STAT 501/502 (511/512)

PhD Degree Requirements

  • Dissertation
  • Preliminary Exams
  • Proposal Defense
  • Oral Presentation and Final Examination
  • All requirements of the Graduate School must be fulfilled.

Minimum requirements
60 credits beyond masters (per field option) that includes 18-24 dissertation hours (CSR 699)

Beginning the PhD with a non-Purdue master's degree

Plans of study should include 60 credit hours beyond master's and must include formal coursework and research credits. A master's degree transcript should be attached to the plan of study and MS courses should NOT be listed on the PhD plan of study. If courses on the PhD core have been taken previously or any deviation from the PhD core is requested, a letter of explanation (addressed to the Consumer Science Graduate Committee) should be attached.

Beginning the PhD with a Purdue master's degree

Continuing or returning Purdue graduate students must have a minimum of 90 credit hours from the beginning of their master's until the end of their PhD program. A master's degree transcript should be attached to the plan of study and MS courses should NOT be listed on the PhD plan of study. If courses on the PhD core have been taken previously or deviation from the PhD core is requested, a letter of explanation (addressed to the Consumer Science Graduate Committee) should be attached.

Preliminary Exams

When most or all of the formal coursework on the plan of study has been completed, preliminary examinations will be taken. The student and his/her committee should agree on the subject areas to be tested, the person(s) responsible for each area, the time frame, and date for the examination. The examination will test the student's competency in the major area, related areas, and research methods. (Forms must be filed three weeks prior to the examination date). In addition, you must be registered for the semester that you wish to take your prelims.

Upon passing the examination, the student is admitted to candidacy for purposes of conducting research for the doctoral dissertation. Each student is then expected to write a detailed research proposal that outlines and justifies the dissertation research. This proposal should be distributed to each committee member and later presented to the committee for further discussion and approval. (Our department does not require a form for this stage).

Dissertation Defense

Each doctoral candidate must pass a final oral examination after completion of his/her dissertation. (Forms must be filed three weeks prior to the examination date). The dissertation must be distributed to members of the committee at least two weeks prior to the exam. Upon completion, the student is expected to provide one bound copy of the dissertation for the department.

All PhD candidates must submit their dissertation via Electronic Thesis Deposit (ETD) at least 24 hours prior (48 hours strongly recommended) to their scheduled appointment. All required forms must be deposited at their mandatory, scheduled, final deposit appointment in the Thesis/Dissertation Office, room B-80, Young Hall (YONG).

Faculty

Chang-Alexander, Stewart. Associate Professor. Ph.D. from University of Illinois

  • Research Field Experience, Health Disparities, Communication Analysis, Social Determinants of Health, Introduction to Research in Consumer Science, Research in Effective Clinical Encounters.

Liu, Sandra S. Professor. Ph.D. from University of London

  • Strategic marketing issues in the area of learning organization, corporate entrepreneurship, sales management, customer relationship management, and knowledge management.

DeMaria, Andrea. Assistant Professor. Ph.D. from Texas A & M University

  • Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues; Public Health Intervention Design, Implementation, and Evaluation; Health Disparities; Telehealth

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