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Ph.D. in Community Health

Doctoral students at the School of Community Health share a passion for engaging individuals and communities around healthier choices for a healthier world.

Please click here for application details.

For those interested in the Ph.D. program, there was an informational session webcast recorded below

View the information session about the PhD program and application process.

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The Ph.D. Program in Community Health is intended for students who have an interest in a rapidly developing program area and are adequately prepared to complete graduate-level coursework in theory, research methods and intervention design. The School of Community Health offers a doctoral program in Community Health for advanced learning in research and instructional skills with a focus on community engagement and the social determinants of health. Our program is distinguished by its:

  • unique focus on three areas of emphasis (social and behavioral health, aging and health, and urban health),
  • multidisciplinary faculty,
  • extensive community partnerships for research and practice, and
  • emphasis on research experience. 

Students may draw broadly upon faculty from within the College of Urban and Public Affairs and partners across PSU, such as the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work, as well as from academic and community partners such as Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and the Oregon Health Authority. Students have opportunities to conduct active research with a faculty member and for collaboration on peer-reviewed publications. 

Career Opportunities

With a Ph.D. degree from the School of Community Health, alumni pursue careers in health education in both the public and private sectors, analysis and research at think tanks and in academia, health promotion efforts at the local and global level, and much more. 

Those with a Ph.D. in Community Health are a small and passionate elite, but there’s always room for one more.


Learn more about School of Community Health Ph.D. admissions requirements.


Please send all program queries to Andrew Wyman ( or call 503-725-4401


Program DirectorCara Eckhardt

Administrative StaffAndrew Wyman



Community Health PhD Program

School of Community Health

Portland State University

P.O. Box 751 - SCH

Portland, OR 97207-0751


PSU campus (map)

Urban Center Building

506 SW Mill Street

Suite 450