The PhD program in Public Health Sciences prepares professionals for research, teaching, and service with the overall objective of improving the health of populations. To meet this objective, all students in the program pursue excellence in conducting research and disseminating knowledge. The primary focus is on research that advances knowledge and facilitates discovery regarding etiology, interventions, and policies that promote health at the individual, population, societal, and/or global levels. The concentration in behavioral and community health provides a rigorous scientific approach to the study of the psychological, social and cultural factors that impact human health and health behavior. An understanding of these factors at multiple social-ecological levels including: individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and population, will be expected. Students will be prepared to perform basic and applied research, to teach, and to serve communities with the goals of promoting healthy lifestyles, reducing risk behaviors, and eliminating health disparities related to race ,ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender.
PhD Core Competencies
Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:
- Identify the role and impact of the psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural factors that promote population health as well as those which contribute to increase morbidity and mortality.
- Effectively engage communities as partners in promoting health, reducing risk behavior, and changing social conditions that undermine public health and safety.
- Develop, test, and implement interventions designed to achieve social and behavioral change.
- Conduct scientifically rigorous research on the social and/or behavioral determinants of health, and ways to reduce health disparities.
The PhD program requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours (SCH) post-baccalaureate degree and is offered on a full time or part-time basis. Any graduate credits post-baccalaureate, including master’s degree courses may be applied to coursework outlined within the PhD degree plan. A student may apply up to 42 SCH of previously taken graduate level courses toward the completion of the Ph.D. coursework (Advanced Standing). All such courses are subject to approval by the advisor and the PhD Program Committee.
- Research Theories: synthesize historical, contemporary, and emerging theories and paradigms of significance to public health.
- Critical Analysis: Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing research evidence and identify significant gaps in knowledge.
- Research Methodology: Comprehend, design and apply relevant and advanced research methods based on rigorous standards of evidence.
- Scientific Communications: Develop professional skills in scientific and grant writing, oral communication, and teaching.
- Ethics: Uphold the highest ethical standards in all professional endeavors, including the design and implementation of research and the participation of human subjects.
- Discovery and Translational Theory: Conduct investigative research, including areas that facilitate the translation and application of discovery to practice.
|2013-2014 PhD in Public Health Sciences Curriculum- Behavioral & Community Health: 90 SCH|
|Core Courses: 33 SCH|
|BACH||5300||Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health||3 SCH|
|BIOS||5300||Biostatistics for Public Health I||3 SCH|
|EOHS||5300||Environmental Health||3 SCH|
|EPID||5300||Principles of Epidemiology||3 SCH|
|HMAP||5300||Health Management & Policy||3 SCH|
|BIOS||5310||Biostatistics for Public Health II||3 SCH|
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
|HMAP||6360||Ethical Issues in
Rounds in Public Health Research
|PHED||6314||Methods for Public Health Studies||3 SCH|
|PHED||6321||Pedagogy in Public
Concentration Required Courses: 24 SCH
|BACH||5314||Quantitative Research Methods||3 SCH|
|BACH||6300||Social and Behavioral Theories & Health Applications||3 SCH|
|BACH||6310||Qualitative Research Methods||3 SCH|
|BIOS||5314||Introduction to Statistical Packages||3 SCH|
|BIOS||6312||Applied Methods of Survey Sampling||3 SCH|
|BIOS||6314||Applied Categorical Data Analysis||3 SCH|
|EPID||6300||Intermediate Epidemiology for Public Health Practice||3 SCH|
|HMAP||6380||Health Services Research I||3 SCH|
Biostatistics: Linear Models
|EPID||6311||Applied Epidemiology for Public Health||3 SCH|
Elective Courses: 21 SCH
No more than 9 SCH at the 5000 level. Advisor
approval must be provided for all electives.
Culminating Experience: 12 SCH