PhD in Social & Behavioral Sciences

The mission for the Ph.D. in Social & Behavioral Sciences is to provide state of the art doctoral education in the theory and application of social and behavioral science to a select group of highly qualified and committed students desiring to transform public health. Our program trains students using a research intensive curriculum led by a distinguished faculty at the cutting edge of public health science. This program emphasizes both evidence-based, theory-driven primary prevention of disease and injury and health promotion research and practice. Graduates will complete their degrees with a competitive record of research achievement, ready to embark on high-impact research careers. 

The curriculum is designed so that students receive a methodologically-intense training and one-on-one research experience with faculty in Social and Behavioral Sciences, typically over a four-year period. 

The first two years of the program emphasize research and statistical methods complemented by theoretical and process-oriented coursework relevant to Social and Behavioral Sciences. During the final two years of the program, students are engaged in their dissertation research while given the freedom to further diversify their training by choosing electives.

There are 82 required credits for this degree. The curriculum is designed so that students receive methodologically-intense training and one-on-one research experience with faculty in the social and behavioral sciences. The first two years of the program emphasize research and statistical methods complemented by theoretical and process-oriented coursework relevant to the social and behavioral sciences. During the final two years of the program, students are engaged in their dissertation research while given the freedom to further diversify their training by completing teaching practice and choosing three additional electives.