Community and Behavioral Health, PhD

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 policy makers 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.