About the PhD Program

MCW's Institute for Health and Equity offers the first 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 Equity'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

  • Program Alum, Katherine G. Quinn, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine in the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), has received a four-year, $527,000 K01 Career Development Research Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for her project, “The Effects of Intersecting Stigmas on PrEP Outcomes for Young Black MSM.” Read more about her project.
  • We are excited to welcome five new doctoral students this fall. They join us from around the world to study Public and Community Health here at MCW with our faculty across the institution. Their research interests vary widely and include reproductive health, maternal and child health, immigrant health, cultural aspects of health, pediatric trauma and health disparities.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Byonanebye! He successfully defended his dissertation "Characteristics, regional trends and determinants of teenage pregnancy in Uganda" and has accepted a position at Marquette University. He is now an Assistant Professor in their College of Health Sciences. Read more about Joseph Byonanebye's work.

Contact Us

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

(414) 955-4517

Application Information

Applications for Fall 2018 admissions are due December 1st, 2017.

Apply Online

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