Degree Description and Learner Objectives
Prepares individuals for academic, research, and policy-making careers in the social and behavioral health sciences. Graduates of this Ph.D. program will be able to do the following:
- 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 including 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.
- Demonstrate extensive knowledge in designing and implementing community-based interventions and research.
A master’s degree in a related area is required.
Supervision of a Ph.D. program
It is necessary for all Ph.D. students to be matched with appropriate department faculty who are available to advise their program of study and chair their dissertation committee. Prospective students should begin this matching process by speaking with the Graduate Program Coordinator, about which faculty members are currently available for the advisement and dissertation chair roles. The Graduate Program Coordinator will suggest personal contact with likely advisors as needed. Acceptance into the Ph.D. program will be in part dependent on the identification and agreement of an appropriate and available advisor and dissertation chair.
During their first semester, students will work with their academic adviser to develop a Plan of Study that will satisfy both the students’ individual goals, and the requirements listed below. The curriculum for the doctoral program requires that students complete at least 75 semester hours of course work past the baccalaureate degree. The transfer credit given for a master’s degree counts towards these 75 semester hours. In addition to the courses below, students are required to attend departmental seminars.
College of Public Health Core (9 s.h. required)
|BIOS:4120||Introduction to Biostatistics||3|
|CBH:4105||Introduction to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention||3|
|EPID:4400||Epidemiology I: Principles||3|
Essentials of Public Health*
* Course requirement waived for students with a MPH
Behavior and Social Sciences Core (21 s.h. required)
|CBH:5205||Social Determinants of Health||3|
|CBH:5220||Health Behavior and Health Education||3|
|CBH:5420||Communicating with the Community||3|
|CBH:6205||Designing and Implementing Interventions||3|
|CBH:6210||Health Communication (same as 036:240)||3|
|CBH:6215||Persuasion and Health||3|
|CBH:6220||Health Communication Campaigns (same as 036:379)||3|
Research Methods Core (15 s.h. required)
|BIOS:5120||Design & Analysis of Experiments in the Biomedical Sciences||3|
|CBH:5305||Evaluation I: Theory and Applications||3|
|CBH:5310||Qualitative Research for Public Health||3|
|CBH:6305||Evaluation II: Design and Methods||3|
|CBH:6335||Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health||3|
|PSQF:6249||Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models||3|
|PSQF:6252||Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods||3|
|SOC:5160||Sampling, Measurement, and Observation Techniques||3|
|SOC:6170||Introduction to Sociological Data Analysis||3|
|SOC:6180||Linear Models in Sociological Research||3|
|SOC:7170||Categorial Data Analysis in Sociological Research||3|
|SOC:7180||Seminar: Selected Topics in Research Methods & Data Analysis||3|
Content Area Electives (18 s.h. required)
Students should select elective courses in consultation with their advisor. The following is a list of suggested courses.
|CBH:5140||Anthropology of Women’s Health (same as 113:133)||3|
|CBH:5420||Communicating with the Community||3|
|CBH:5435||Substance Abuse and Mental Health||3|
|CBH:6405||Maternal, Child, Family Health: An Overview||3|
|CBH:6415||Independent Study in Community and Behavioral Health||Arr|
|GEOG:3530||Mapping American Cities and Regions||3|
|HMP:5005||Introduction to Health Care Organization and Policy||3|
|HMP:5410||Health Economics I||3|
|HMP:6555||Health Economics II||3|
|HMP:6710||Federalism and Health Policy||3|
|CPH:4100||Introduction to Public Health||3|
|OEH:4240||Global Environmental Health||3|
Dissertation (12 s.h. required)
|Total Semester Hours (minimum)||75 s.h.|
PhD Comprehensive Exam
The comprehensive examination is taken after the majority of coursework for the Ph.D. degree has been completed. It tests the student’s ability to integrate relevant theories, analytical skills, research design and methodology in the behavioral and social sciences related to public health.
The goal of the dissertation is to produce a document that is publishable in a peer-reviewed journal. Original thought is required in the formulation and conduct of the research, although neither original data collection nor data analysis are strictly required. During the dissertation defense, a specially formed committee will thoroughly examine the student’s area of knowledge associated with the context of the work.