PhD Program in Public & Community Health

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Curriculum

While there are core courses, doctoral training is individualized and tailored to the interests and needs of the particular student. The responsibility of translating program requirements into an individualized program lies with the student and the faculty who are working with the student, including the faculty advisor and Faculty Committee. Intellectual independence, self-initiation and the ability to take charge of a body of knowledge with confidence and critical acumen are qualities to be developed throughout the program.

Credit Breakdown:

 

Type Credits
Required Coursework 38
Doctoral Seminar 7
Readings and Research Minimum of 35
Electives Minimum of 9
Dissertation 9
  Total = 98

Curriculum - Sample 4 Year Overview*

Year One:

Fall
  • Biostatistics I (3 cr.)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr.)
  • Community Health Improvement I: Foundations of Public and Community Health (3 cr.)
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods (3 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)

 

Spring 
  • Biostatistics II (3 cr.)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (3 cr.)
  • Community Health Improvement II: Health Disparities and Underlying Determinants of Health (3 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
  • CTS Research Seminar (.5 cr.)

 

Summer 
  • Readings and Research (5 cr.)
  • Ethics and Integrity in Science (1 cr.)

Year Two:

Fall  
  • Community Health Improvement III: Principles and Practices of Community-Academic Partnerships (3 cr.)
  • Readings and Research (2 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
Spring 
  • Ethics in Public Health Research (3 cr.)
  • Community Health Improvement IV: Translating Community Health Improvement into Policy: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)
  • Readings and Research (1 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Research Ethics Discussion Series (1 cr.)
Summer 
  • Community Health Improvement V: Principles and Methods of Community-Based Participatory Research (2 cr.)
  • Readings and Research (4 cr.)

Year Three:

Fall 
  • Community Health Improvement VI: Practice of Community-Based Participatory Research (2 cr.)
  • Readings and Research (6 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
Spring 
  • Community Health Improvement VII: Practice of Community-Based Participatory Research (2 cr.)
  • Readings and Research (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
Summer 
  • Readings and Research (6 cr.)

Year Four:

Fall
  • Readings and Research (8 cr.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (1 cr.)
Spring
  • Doctoral Dissertation (9 cr.)
 
*Subject to revisions




 

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