Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy program in community and behavioral health will be able to:
- demonstrate extensive knowledge of and contribute to social and behavioral science theories related to public health;
- identify knowledge gaps, synthesize relevant information, and formulate focused research questions to address these gaps;
- critically evaluate social and behavioral science research design, methodology, and analysis related to public health;
- contribute to public health knowledge by designing and implementing research that incorporates knowledge of pertinent cultural, social, behavioral, and biological factors using quantitative and qualitative methods;
- demonstrate professional skills that include scientific writing, oral communication, grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching, and service;
- communicate research findings effectively to various audiences such as researchers, policy makers, and community; and
- demonstrate extensive knowledge in designing and implementing community-based interventions and research.
The Ph.D. program in community and behavioral health requires at least 75 s.h. of graduate credit, including approved credit earned from a master's degree.
Students must successfully complete a qualifying exam, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation. The research topic must be approved by a student's dissertation committee.
During the first semester, students work with their academic advisor to develop a plan of study that satisfies their interests and professional goals as well as the program's requirements. Students are required to attend departmental seminars and to complete all courses required for the degree.
College of Public Health Core
Students must complete the following (10-11 s.h.).
|CBH:4105||Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3|
|BIOS:4120||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|CPH:6100||Essentials of Public Health (course requirement waived for students with a M.P.H.)||1|
|CPH:7270||Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health||1|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3|
Behavioral and Social Sciences Core
Students must complete the following (21 s.h.).
|CBH:5220||Health Behavior and Health Education||3|
|CBH:5235||Community-Based Participatory Research||3|
|CBH:5420||Communicating with the Community||3|
|CBH:6205||Designing and Implementing Interventions||3|
|CBH:6220||Health Communication Campaigns||3|
|CBH:6230||Health Equity, Disparities, and Social Justice||3|
Research Methods Core
Students must complete 15 s.h. from the following.
|CBH:5305||Evaluation: Approaches and Applications||3|
|CBH:5310||Qualitative Research for Public Health||3|
|CBH:6115||Ethnographic Field Methods||3|
|CBH:6335||Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health||3|
|BIOS:5120||Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences||3|
|BIOS:6110||Applied Categorical Data Analysis||3|
|PSQF:6249||Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models||3|
|PSQF:6252||Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods||3|
|SOC:5160||Research Design and Methods||3|
|SOC:6170||Introduction to Sociological Data Analysis||3|
|SOC:6180||Linear Models in Sociological Research||3|
|SOC:7170||Advanced Statistical Modeling of Data||3|
|SOC:7180||Structural Equation Modeling||3|
Content Area Electives
Students must complete 18 s.h. of elective course work in consultation with their advisor. The following is a list of suggested course work; however, other courses may be approved with consent of the advisor.
|ANTH:6141||Medical Anthropology and Social Theory||3|
|CBH:4140||Feminist Activism and Global Health||3|
|CBH:5230||Public Health Issues in Overweight Management||3|
|CBH:5435||Substance Abuse Prevention and Early Intervention||3|
|CBH:5440||Prevention and Early Intervention of Mental Health Disorders||3|
|CBH:6405||Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health||3|
|CBH:6415||Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Health||arr.|
|EPLS:6209||Survey Research and Design||3|
|EPLS:6370||Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis||3|
|GEOG:4150||Health and Environment: GIS Applications||3|
|HMP:5005||Introduction to Healthcare Organization and Policy||3|
|HMP:7940||Primary Data and Mixed Methods||3|
|HMP:7950||Design Issues in Health Service Research||3|
|HMP:7960||Analytic Issues in Health Services Research I||3|
|HMP:7965||Analytic Issues in Health Services Research II||3|
|PSY:6560||Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination||3|
Students must complete 12 s.h. in the following.
Ph.D. applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applications must include academic transcripts, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and a writing sample. For detailed application information, visit How to Apply to Community and Behavioral Health on the Department of Community and Behavioral Health website.
The community and behavioral health admission committee considers several factors when evaluating applications for admission, including scores on the GRE, grade-point averages, letters of recommendation, intent and motivation for graduate study, and research interests. Students with deficiencies in one area may be admitted if all other components of their application are very strong.
Applicants must have a graduate g.p.a. of at least 3.40 and have earned a graduate degree from an accredited college or university in a related public health, social science, or clinical health field. Applicants who do not hold a graduate degree should apply to a masters program prior to application for the Ph.D. program. Preference is given to applicants with Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test verbal scores of at least 154, quantitative scores of at least 150, and analytical writing scores of at least 4.0 (GRE scores must be less than five years old). Ph.D. program applicants also must submit their master's thesis, or if no thesis is available, a sample of their scholarly writing.
Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada (excluding French Quebec), English-speaking Africa, Australia, or New Zealand must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who score 81-99 (Internet-based) are required to take English fluency courses if they are admitted. Applicants who score below 81 are not considered for admission.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.
Students begin the program in fall. The application deadline is January 15.
Several forms of financial support are available, including scholarships and awards, student loans, and graduate assistantships.
Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and entitle students to the resident rate of tuition and reduced health insurance costs. Research assistantships are competitive and are awarded according to department need and student merit.
Scholarships and fellowships are available through federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, and from private foundations.