PhD in Health Behavior

A comprehensive and collaborative program

As a doctoral candidate, you will engage in basic and applied work in program planning and development; health policy management, evaluation of the program effectiveness; and examination of lifestyle and health behavior in relation to nutrition, exercise, stress, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse; individual development and family health, communicable disease, human sexuality, aging, and related areas.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to develop skills by participating in research activities independently or in collaboration with faculty members and other graduate students. To complete this program, you must complete a minimum of 90 graduate-level credits beyond a bachelor's degree, including at least nine that are dedicated to developing advanced research skills. In addition to credits in your major area of study, you will complete a minor in a designated area outside of the department, electives, and a dissertation. You will be strongly encouraged to publish your research results in professional journals and present at national conferences.

Qualified students may acquire essential skills and experience in teaching various health topics in different settings through funded associate instructor (AI) appointments. A limited number of competitive fellowships and scholarships are available.