The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Health Behavior and Health Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Health Behavior and Health Education prepares students for academic and research careers in health promotion. The program looks at health education from different bio-behavioral and developmental perspectives to study a range of health behaviors and health concerns.

This program’s research focuses on a variety of risk and protective factors and their role in health and well-being across the life span. Many studies include an emphasis on the prevention of illness and the promotion and maintenance of optimal health. This program approaches research from varying levels that focus on interactions among individual, family, group and community factors. Students completing the Ph.D. program will expand upon their foundation in theory and methodology in the study of behavioral determinants of health, program planning, and intervention development.

Program Requirements

Students applying to the doctoral program should have completed the required prerequisites and submitted their prerequisite formGet Adobe Reader for the program. This ensures that students are fully prepared to conduct the research necessary for their degree.

The Ph.D. program is heavily focused on student research and required coursework. Students will focus on the following areas while they pursue their degree:

Health Behavior and Health Education Ph.D. (63 hrs)

  • Core Health Education (HED) Courses (15 hrs)
  • Statistics and Research Methods (12 hrs)  
  • Outside Supporting Work (6 hrs)  
  • Student Research (30 hrs)

The first two years of the Ph.D. program will focus heavily on setting the foundations of research. Core courses in Health Education and Research methods will set the groundwork for students’ movement to doctoral candidacy, and their dissertation.

Doctoral Degree Checklist

Students should ensure they complete the requirements for their program using the Degree Plan Checklist Get Adobe Readerand Doctoral Progress Report ChecklistGet Adobe Reader. Students also should submit their Proposed Program of Study for their Doctoral Degree.