About the PhD Program

MCW's Institute for Health and Society offers the only PhD Program of its kind in Wisconsin and one of very few nation-wide with the purpose of transforming the research paradigm in public and community health by integrating the rigors of traditional public health sciences with the essential components of community health improvement through participation and partnership. This program is now offered in both a part-time and full-time format. Read more about the Institute for Health and Society's PhD Program


PhD Program Goals

  • Educate graduates who will conduct original research, impact policy development and become future faculty scholars with public and community health expertise.
  • Emphasize integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to address important public and community health issues.
  • Capitalize on the diverse strengths of health sciences, population health, medicine, nursing and the social and behavioral sciences.

Program News and Updates

At MCW's 2016 Convocation, Dr. Laura Cassidy, Director of the PhD Program, was awarded Outstanding Mentor, and Dr. Ryan Spellecy was awarded Outstanding Teacher.

Dr. Ruta Brazauskas, PhD was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Brazauskas teaches Biostatistics I and II. 

Congratulations to Allison Ertl on the successful completion of her PhD. Alli defended her dissertation on July 27th and is moving to Atlanta to start a job as an Epidemiologist for the Mortality Surveillance Team in the Division of Violence Prevention at the CDC.

New Courses: Injury Prevention and Public Health (Summer 2016) and Infectious Disease Epidemiology (Fall 2016)

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions regarding the PhD Program in Public and Community Health.


(414) 955-4517

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Application Information

Applications for Fall 2017 admissions are due January 15th, 2017. Information on applying can be found at:

   Apply Online for PhD in Public & Community Health

All pieces of the application should be mailed to the Graduate School:
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509