Introduction


In the situations where all health systems face scarce resources, the countries need to have cost-effective public health policies to reduce burdens on the over-stretched health service systems. The PhD program in Health Systems and Policy (international program) started since 2002, admits three-year full-time research students to unveil needed findings necessary for health service developments at local, national, or international levels. Such empirical findings serve as the basis for practical and functional health systems development and policymaking. Doctoral graduates from the health systems and policy program of Naresuan University should acquire the capacity to integrate the philosophy, conceptual, and technical skills to guide health policy development. Additionally, academic capacity and ethical determination to undertake local and national health policy development for the well-being and quality of life for all is another acquisition from this program.

Objectives

The general objective of the doctoral program on health systems and policy is to strengthen human resource capacity at the highest level so that the graduates are able to use philosophical thinking to analyze and synthesize knowledge to guide the country health policy. It intends, furthermore, to disseminate ethical philosophy to health personnel and other policy analysts as the important workforce in alleviating public health issues through policy mechanism. Specifically, the doctoral graduates should be able to a) analyze the philosophies, concepts, and policies that have impacts on health systems and synthesize the knowledge to improve the health systems effectively and efficiently; b) acquire skills in undertaking health policy research, gain knowledge, and exchange experiences internationally; and c) nurture their own ethical conduct as role models for health and environmental concerns.

Special Admission Requirements

(See also general university Graduate School requirements.)

Qualifications of applicants are as follows:

  • Graduated with a Master’s degree or equivalent in medical sciences, such as Public Health, Medical Sciences, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing, Medical Technology, or other related areas, from accredited institutions. Applicants in the final year of the Master’s program and expected to fulfill the requirements before the first semester begins are eligible also. All applicants are to have all other qualifications required by the University.
  • For those applicants not graduating directly in the Medical Sciences cluster, five years’ experience in public health is required.
  • A brief research proposal is required.
  • Option 1.1
    • Master degree or equivalent in the sciences, technological sciences, or health sciences.
    • Evidence of English proficiency at the minimum level of the following:
      • TOEFL ITP or paper-bases 550, Computer-based 213 or internet-based 79
      • 2.2. IELTS 6.0
  • Option 1.2
    • Bachelor degree or equivalent in the sciences, technological sciences, or health sciences with the minimum grade point average of 3.50.
    • Evidence of English proficiency as Option 1.1.

Other requests are at discretion of the program committee.

Medium of Instruction

  • English

Research Focus

Health Systems and Policy

Requirement for Graduation

In accordance with the Graduate School’s rules and regulations with added requirements as follows:

  • Take a full-time leave from routine work for three years to concentrate on research study.
  • Work closely with the assigned supervisor(s) for the entire PhD study (preferably weekly), to achieve a high quality PhD dissertation.
  • Write a plan for the entire PhD study and agree with the supervisor(s) at the beginning of the semester. This plan should be revised accordingly.
  • Submit the progress report of each semester countersigned by the supervisor(s) to the Higher Degree Board Members.
  • Present his/her progress verbally to the Programme Academic Meeting at each semester.
  • Present the substance from the research study with detailed discussion at least once a year at an international conference.

To ensure “international standards,” the students are encouraged to:

  • Present verbally the work from their dissertation to a regional meeting with the work of supervisor(s).
  • Write academic papers for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in related fields.

Credit Requirements*

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Coursework - -
Compulsory courses - -
Elective courses - -
Compulsory courses (Non-credit) 3 6
Dissertation 48 72
Total 48 72

* Minimum credits requirements

Compulsory courses (Non-credit)

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Research Methodology in Health Sciences - - 463531 3
Seminar 1 559651 1 559651 1
Seminar 2 559652 1 559652 1
Seminar 3 559653 1 559653 1
Total 3 3 4 6

Dissertation Credit Requirements

Requirements Option 1.1 Option 1.2
Course No. Credits Course No. Credits
Dissertation 1 559681 8 559691 9
Dissertation 2 559682 8 559692 9
Dissertation 3 559683 8 559693 9
Dissertation 4 559684 8 559694 9
Dissertation 5 559685 8 559695 9
Dissertation 6 559686 8 559696 9
Dissertation 7 - - 559697 9
Dissertation 8 - - 559698 9
Total 6 48 8 72

Course Descriptions

463531 Research Methodology in Health Sciences 3(3-0-6)
Definitions, characteristics, and goals of research; research methodologies; types of research; determination of research questions; variables and hypothesis; data collection; data analysis; research proposal and research report writing; research evaluation; research applications; ethics in research; and advanced research techniques in health sciences.
559651 Seminar 1 (Non-credit) 1(0-2-1)
Extensive practice in searching, reading, critical thinking, and oral presentations on selected and current topics in health sciences.
559652 Seminar 2 (Non-credit) 1(0-2-1)
Presentation and active participation in oral academic presentations with invitations to experts to participate in discussions and seminars related to the completion of the dissertation and its publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
559653 Seminar 3 (Non-credit) 1(0-2-1)
Presentation and active participation in oral academic presentations with invitations to experts to participate in discussions and seminars related to the completion of the dissertation and its publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
559681 Dissertation 1, Option 1.1 8 Credits
An extensive review of the literature related to the research topic, a draft of the research proposal describing the research topic, statement of the research problem, rational of experimental designs, and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559682 Dissertation 2, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Preparation of a complete original research proposal comprising the details of the research component and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559683 Dissertation 3, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Extensive research, analysis of data, and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559684 Dissertation 4, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Extensive research, collection and analysis of data, presentation of the research progress report in English, and preparation of the publication of the research.
559685 Dissertation 5, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Revision of the dissertation as recommended, the research article, and publication of an article in a national or international journal.
559686 Dissertation 6, Option 1.1 8 Credits
Summary of all research data, passing of the dissertation defense, compliance with dissertation corrections if any, and submission of the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.
559691 Dissertation 1, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Extensive review of the literature related to the research topic, preparation of a draft of the research proposal describing the research topic, statement of the research problem, rational of experimental designs, and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559692 Dissertation 2, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Preparation of a draft of an original research proposal and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559693 Dissertation 3, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Designing the research tools, conducting the experiment, and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559694 Dissertation 4, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Preparation of a complete original research proposal comprising the details of the research component and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559695 Dissertation 5, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Extensive research, collection and analysis of data, and presentation of the research progress report in English.
559696 Dissertation 6, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Extensive research, collection and analysis of data, presentation of the research progress report in English, and preparation of the publication of the research.
559697 Dissertation 7, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Revision of the dissertation as recommended and publication of an article in a national or international journal.
559698 Dissertation 8, Option 1.2 9 Credits
Summary of all research data, passing the dissertation defense, compliance with dissertation corrections if any, and submission of the completed dissertation to the Graduate School.

Course Organisers

Dean Pannarunothai, Supasit, MD, DTM&H, MSc (PH), PhD (Professor)
Graduate Faculty
Associate Professors Pongcharoen, Sutatip, Ph.D. in ImmunologyPromkutkao, Choomnoom, Dr. P.H. in Public Health
Assistant Professors Pholchan, Thirdsak Diploma Thai Board of OtorhinolaryngologySirilak, Sirikasem Diploma Thai Board of Family Medicine

Wannapira, Wiroj Diploma Thai Board of Family Medicine

Others Chuangchum, Paitoon, Ph.D. in International Human Resource DevelopmentLeartkajonsin, Suwit, Ph.D. in Clinical Epidemiology

Nopkesorn, Tawesak, Diploma Thai Board of Otorhinolaryngology

Pingmuangkaew, Patcharin, Diploma Thai Board of Family Medicine

Sowanna, Non, Diploma Thai Board of Family Medicine

Upakdee, Nilawan, Ph.D. in Health Systems and Policy