Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health Sciences - Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the Public Health Sciences PhD program incorporates both theory and application and emphasizes both evidence-based, theory-driven primary prevention of disease and injury and health promotion research and practice. The curriculum is designed so that students receive methodologically intense training and one-on-one research experience with faculty in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.Apply Now
PhD Program Goals
- Develop effective strategies for teaching in higher education
- Review and synthesize pertinent literature and formulate focused research questions that address identified knowledge gaps
- Design and conduct original research that uniquely contributes to the public health scientific knowledge
- Disseminate research findings through appropriate peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and to other public health community audiences
- Display broad knowledge and application of relevant public health social and behavioral theories to health promotion and disease prevention strategies
- Demonstrate rigorous understanding of methodological and statistical principles that enhance research in the public health sciences
- Create comprehensive translational intervention and evaluation plans in research or practice settings to inform policy or practice
A list of required courses can be found in the WVU Catalog.View WVU Catalog for Required Courses
- A master's degree in Public Health or a closely related field is strongly preferred. Exceptional applicants with a bachelor's degree in a relevant field may also be considered.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, 3.5 is preferred.
- The GRE is optional for the fall 2023 cohort. For more information, visit publichealth.wvu.edu/apply-now/graduate-admissions
- WVU requires international students to submit TOEFL scores. Preferred scores are as follows: 550 on paper-based; 213 on computer-based; and 80 on internet-based test.