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PhD in Community Health

The doctoral program in Community Health is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to provide students with advanced learning in conducting research and developing instructional skills in public health with a focus on community engagement and the social determinants of health.  The program curriculum has been developed by an interdisciplinary faculty with educational backgrounds in public health, communication, gerontology, epidemiology, social work, psychology, and sociology.


The curriculum includes intensive training in research methods, including study design, qualitative approaches, and advanced statistical analyses. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate coursework with community-applied research and includes ongoing mentored participation in a doctoral seminar, active research with a faculty member and opportunities for collaboration on peer-reviewed publications.