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Advanced Studies in Human Behavior Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior

School of Counseling and Human Services

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (DRS-R8925, DRS-R8926, DRS-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Twenty-Four Required Courses

 

 

88 quarter credits

SHB8002
Advanced Research in Adult Human Development and Behavior

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in adult development and behavior with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners study adult development from biological, psychological, social, and multicultural perspectives and apply principles of adult development to professional practice. Must be taken by PhD learners during their first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8120 *
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners investigate qualitative research methods, designs, and ethical issues associated with the qualitative research process. Learners develop skills used to conduct qualitative research, such as applying theoretical foundations, developing qualitative collection methods, analyzing data, and evaluating results for future research and professional practice. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860 or SHB8100. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8130 *
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners investigate quantitative research methods, designs, and ethical issues associated with the quantitative research process. Learners develop skills used to conduct quantitative research, such as applying theoretical foundations, developing quantitative collection methods, analyzing data, and evaluating results for future research and professional practice. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860 or SHB8100. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8140 *
Advanced Research Methods in Human Services

Learners in this course evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of a specific methodological approach in preparation for the dissertation. Learners examine planning and sampling, measurement, statistical and qualitative analytic models, results analysis and interpretation, and ethical considerations. Learners also conceptualize, plan, and design a doctoral research proposal. Must be taken prior to the comprehensive examination. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8926, HMSV8120, HMSV8130. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HS8478
The Family in Social Context

Learners in this course examine families from a systems perspective and explore the dynamics and systems influencing family structures. Learners also identify the leadership skills needed to work with diverse family groups and the challenges faced by human services professionals.

4 quarter credits
SHB8100
Fundamentals of Social Science Research

This course introduces learners to social science research and theory. In order to become educated consumers of research, learners analyze elements of qualitative and quantitative research design, evaluate ethical issues in research, explore research topics of interest, and identify the needs for future research and the implications for practice in their area of specialization. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
SHB8101
Interdisciplinary Leadership in Social and Behavioral Sciences

In this course, learners evaluate historical, current, and emerging theories of interdisciplinary leadership that apply in social and behavioral sciences contexts. Learners assess the role and influence of leaders in complex and dynamic interdisciplinary environments and organizations that address human behavior issues. Learners also focus on developing doctoral-level skills in evaluating and synthesizing leadership research. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
SHB8315
Advanced Program Design

The focus of this course is program design at the leadership level in the fields of education and social and behavioral sciences. In particular, learners evaluate needs-based program design approaches and the models that inform those approaches. Learners also explore ways of effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders and addressing ethical implications of various approaches to program design.

4 quarter credits
SHB8316
Advanced Program Evaluation

Learners in this course examine needs assessment and program evaluation as fundamental tools in institutional, public, or private organizations. Learners assess the needs assessment strategies used to evaluate the needs of specific populations in various social and behavioral sciences settings. Learners also explore research-based program evaluation models and focus on developing skills in evaluating program effectiveness at the leadership level.

4 quarter credits
SHB8331
Advanced Child and Adolescent Studies

Learners in this course synthesize and apply research-based best practices to improve the interactions among the school, community, and social systems that influence and serve children and adolescents. Learners also evaluate the issues and needs of children and adolescents, develop innovative leadership and advocacy approaches to address those issues and needs, and consider the legal and ethical issues associated with working with diverse populations of children and adolescents.

4 quarter credits
SHB8441
Advanced Ethics and Leadership in Studies in Human Behavior

The focus of this course is the ethical and leadership responsibilities of human behavior professionals. Learners synthesize ethical principles with leadership roles in public and private settings and evaluate the ways professionals apply ethics and leadership in their work with diverse client populations in the fields of education and social and behavioral sciences.

4 quarter credits
SHB8551
Advanced Contemporary Issues in Studies in Human Behavior

In this course, learners analyze a range of contemporary social and behavioral issues and conduct participatory action research on an issue of their choice, using various leadership and advocacy approaches to address the chosen issue. Learners also employ professional development strategies to build interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of education and social and behavioral sciences at the leadership level.

4 quarter credits
SHB8661
Risk and Resiliency in Diverse Populations

In this course, learners demonstrate proficiency in human behavior studies through research-based application of multidimensional resilience concepts to diverse populations, in order to identify the means of maintaining well-being throughout the lifespan. Learners evaluate types of resilience in response to risks caused by psychosocial, environmental, and genetic stressors and analyze the impact of coping skills on post-traumatic growth by identifying the process of resilience and the historical factors influencing it. In addition, learners examine leadership approaches to addressing personal risk factors with an emphasis on different models of advocacy to generate informed decisions for successful collaboration with multiple providers and various populations.

4 quarter credits
SHB8775
Issues in Aging, Grief, and Bereavement

This course is an examination of aging and loss from biological, psychological, social, and cultural perspectives at the leadership level. In particular, learners evaluate contemporary research relevant to family life, caregivers, community and institutional care, ethnic and sociocultural differences, and urbanization and assess the service delivery needs of aging populations within the context of specific life events. Learners also explore the ways their own attitudes toward aging and loss may impact their effectiveness as professionals working in social and behavioral services settings.

4 quarter credits
SHB8810
Advanced Issues in Eating Disturbances

In this course, learners focus on issues associated with various eating disturbances, including anorexia, bulimia, obesity, overeating, and body image disturbances, from a leadership perspective. Using evidence-based literature, learners evaluate historical and contemporary paradigms of eating disturbances and their physical, psychological, and social effects. Learners also assess service delivery models and the cultural, ethnic, legal, and ethical considerations associated with working with diverse populations of people with eating disturbances.

4 quarter credits
SHB8811
Advanced Issues in Addictive Behaviors

In this course, learners focus on issues associated with various addictive behaviors, including legal and illicit psychoactive drug use, from a leadership perspective. Using evidencebased literature, learners evaluate historical and contemporary paradigms of addictive behaviors and their physical, psychological, and social effects. Learners also assess service delivery models and the cultural, ethnic, legal, and ethical considerations associated with working with diverse populations of people with addictive behaviors.

4 quarter credits

DRS-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and PhD in Human Services learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed SHB8100. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8110. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed or be concurrently registered in PSL7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits
DRS-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8925. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed HMSV8120, HMSV8130. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8120, CES8122. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed PSL7868 or HMSV8120;  PSL7864 or HMSV8130. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
DRS-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8926. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed HMSV8140. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8123, CES8768, CES8772. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed HMSV8140. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

SHB9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for SHB9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

SHB9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): SHB9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits

 

 

Four Elective Courses

 

 

16 quarter credits

Choose any graduate courses related to human behavior within the fields of psychology, counseling, social work, human services, health care, public administration, education, or business.

 

 

Total

 

 

104 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Residency Requirements

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (DRS-R8925, DRS-R8926, DRS-R8927).

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