PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Our mission 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 who desire 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. The Social & Behavioral Sciences PhD 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 and competent to embark on high-impact research careers.
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;
Review and synthesize pertinent behavioral literature and formulate focused specific aims and research questions that address identified knowledge gaps;
Design and conduct original research that uniquely contributes to social & behavioral science knowledge base;
Disseminate research findings through appropriate peer-reviewed publications and presentations, and to other appropriate public health community audiences;