Health Behavior, Society & Policy

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (72 credits)

The DrPH in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences degree in was designed to provide students with the necessary skills to develop, implement, and evaluate health based programs that can be targeted toward individuals across the lifespan. This degree offers students training in behavioral science concepts, methods and study designs suitable for implementing or evaluating public health programs. Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following skills and competencies: critically analyze scientific literature; develop, implement and be able to supervise health-based program; design and coordinate evaluation of health based programs; demonstrate proficiency in program evaluation and related data analysis strategies; and demonstrate proficiency in behavioral/environmental models of behavior change.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Competencies

Competencies for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (72 credits)

Each Department identifies competencies for each degree offered. These competencies reflect the full range of knowledge, skills, and other attributes that a student will acquire as a result of completing the requirements for a particular degree.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.

Upon graduation, a student completing the DrPH curriculum in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences will be able to:

  • DrPH Common Competencies
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative research approaches to address issues at the community and population level
    • Integrate knowledge, approaches, methods, values and potential contributions from multiple professions and systems in addressing public health problems
    • Deliver training or educational experiences that promote learning in academic, organizational and community settings
    • Design system-level interventions that influence population health outcomes in multi-disciplinary team approaches that promote health equity and disease prevention
  • Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
    • Critically analyze scientific literature
    • Develop, implement and be able to supervise health-based program
    • Design and conduct research or evaluation investigations related to health behavior
    • Demonstrate proficiency in program evaluation and related data analysis strategies
    • Demonstrate proficiency in behavioral/environmental models of behavior change

Curriculum

Curriculum for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (72 credits)

Students seeking the DrPH in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.2 overall and a 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than B; and complete the degree requirements within nine years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

**UPDATE** Please note we are not accepting applications to the DrPH degree program for the 2017-2018 academic year as we revise the DrPH curriculum. The PhD degree program is accepting applications.
  • PREREQUISITES
    • PHCO 0505 - Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in Public Health
    • SBHS 0651 - Health Education Planning and Evaluation
    • SBHS 0654 - Modifying Health Behaviors: Theory and Practice
  • CORE COURSES (12 credits)
    • PHCO 0501 - Health Systems and Policy
    • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
    • PHCO 0503 - Introduction to Environmental Health
    • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
  • REQUIRED COURSES (15 credits)
    • SBHS 0678 - Health Communication/Risk Communication
    • SBHS 0682 - Research Evaluation and Methods
    • SBHS 0685 - Doctoral Seminar in Health Education and Behavioral Science
    • PHEL 0698 - Special Topic for DrPH Students
    • Behavioral Science Electives (3 credits) selected with advisor approval -- Example: SBHS 9557 - Health Psychology
  • REQUIRED ANALYTICAL COURSES2 (9 credits)
    • BIST 0551 - Applied Regression Analysis for Public Health Studies
    • SBHS 0705 - Intermediate Survey Research Methods
    • Analytical Elective (3 credits) selected with advisor approval -- Example: BIST 0615 - Categorical Data Analysis
  • Recommended Program Development/Implementation Courses2 (9 credits)
    • SBHS 0656 - Social Marketing
    • SBHS 9501 - Program Evaluation: Introduction
    • Program Development/Implementation Electives (3 credits) selected with advisor approval
  • REQUIRED PRACTICUM (3 credits))
    • - Practicum Experience
  • REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)
    • RESH 0760 - Doctoral Research
  • All SBHS DrPH students are expected to engage in program development/evaluation activities with their faculty advisor.

    Notes:
    1Combined courses satisfy seminar requirement
    2With Advisor approval, other courses may satisfy these requirements