Community and Behavioral Health, PhD

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply social and behavioral science theories in public health research;
  • produce effective scientific writing;
  • demonstrate grant-writing skills;
  • participate in interdisciplinary research;
  • communicate research findings to various audiences, including policymakers and community members;
  • design a research study that incorporates knowledge of pertinent cultural, social, behavioral, and biological factors;
  • design a theory-informed, community-based intervention research project;
  • design an implementation and evaluation plan for a theory-informed, community-based intervention;
  • formulate focused research questions to address gaps in community and behavioral health knowledge;
  • evaluate social and behavioral science research design, methodology, and analysis related to public health; and
  • evaluate how structural bias, social inequities, and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels.