Program Overview

The emphasis of the PhD in Public Health, Social and Behavioral Science concentration curriculum is on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems. Research to understand and influence health behaviors that are risk factors in disease and illness, or protective and health enhancing, are strengths of the program. Rigorous training in research methods and program design and evaluation are also key elements.

  • A minimum of 90 credit hours of graduate coursework is required for the doctoral program.
  • All Students must demonstrate through previous course work the attainment of basic level knowledge in epidemiology; public health administration systems, assessment and surveillance in public health, and public health program planning and evaluation. Students who do not demonstrate previous coursework in these basic areas must complete it before beginning their second year of doctoral study.
  • Graduate students must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework.

Each student and his or her doctoral committee jointly determine the student’s specific program of doctoral study. This process allows students to design a course of study uniquely suited to their particular needs and career goals.

Upon successful completion of all program components, culminating in the dissertation defense, program graduates will be awarded the PhD in Public Health.

Examples of places of employment include universities, federal and state government agencies (e.g. Centers for Disease Control, public health departments), health and environmental research firms, and non-profit local, national, and international agencies.

Doctoral Commencement