PhD in Community Health and Health Policy

PhD in Community Health and Health Policy

The PhD in Community Health and Health Policy prepares researchers and other public health professionals to advance scientific understanding of the social determinants of health, health behaviors, the delivery of health services and the development of sound health policies. CHHP graduates will be able to conduct research that informs public health program and policy development and evaluate community health interventions within a social justice framework. Coursework prepares students for careers in research, teaching, and policy analysis and graduates develop a nuanced understanding of how a range of mechanisms—systematically associated with policy—influence population health. The track draws on the methods and theories from multiple disciplines to prepare students to design and implement public health research studies. Graduates will apply theories and methods of multiple disciplines to conduct research that can inform the planning, management, design and evaluation of community health interventions, as well as improve health services and health policies

Admissions Requirements
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • GRE scores within the past five years
  • Combined undergraduate and graduate minimum of cumulative 3.0 GPA based on a four-point scale.
  • Completion of a master’s degree in public health. Applicants with a master’s or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core master’s level public health courses. If accepted to the PhD program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation
  • GRE test scores within the past five years required;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one should be an academic reference)
  • A resume/CV indicating at least three years of prior teaching, research, or programmatic work experience
  • A personal statement (up to 1500 words)
  • TOEFL scores, if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation for all applicants with international transcripts; World Education Services strongly preferred
  • All applications must be submitted via SOPHAS.
Deadline: We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019.

Core Competencies

  • Critically analyze research for appropriateness of study design, sample, measures, data analysis, results, interpretation and dissemination.
  • Design a feasible study and apply appropriate research methods to answer public health research questions.
  • Develop professional skills in scientific writing, oral communication, and teaching.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards in planning, conducting, and analyzing research, including the involvement of human subjects.
  • Apply historical and emerging scientific theories and paradigms to develop research aims and methods.

 

Concentration Competencies

  • Apply quantitative and qualitative, or, when appropriate, mixed methods to community health and health policy research and evaluation.
  • Analyze causes and social consequences of health inequalities and propose strategies to reduce and eliminate these inequalities.
  • Investigate through multidisciplinary methods the implications and impact of policies and politics in community and population health with a focus on urban populations.
  • Assess community needs, assets, cultural values, and capacity to promote health.
  • Analyze the role of policy environment for healthcare organizations.

 

Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Courses (12 credits) PUBH 801 (formerly EPID 820) Epidemiological Methods I
PUBH 802 (formerly BIOS 820) Applied Biostatistics I
PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science
PUBH 804 (formerly PUBH 813) Qualitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
Concentration Courses (27 credits) CHSS 820 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health Theory and Methods
CHSS 821 Advanced Community Health Interventions
CHSS 810 Cities and Health
HPAM 820 Seminar in Health Policy
HPAM 822 Public Health Economics
Four courses, one of which must emphasis research methods, chosen in consultation with advisor
Teaching Experience (0 credits) Teaching experience to be determined in consultation with advisor
Examinations Qualifying Exam and Comprehensive Exam
Culminating Seminar and Experience (0 credits) PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
Total Required Credits 39

*Students who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

For full-time students

Year 1 Fall PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
PUBH 801 Epidemiological Methods I 3
PUBH 802 Applied Biostatistics I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
HPAM 820 Seminar in Health Policy 3
Elective 3
Year 1 Summer Qualifying Exam
Year 2 Fall CHSS 820 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health Theory and Methods 3
CHSS 810 Cities and Health 3
Elective 3
Year 2 Spring CHSS 821 Advanced Community Health Interventions 3
HPAM 822 Public Health Economics 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Fall Teaching Experience
Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Winter Comprehensive Exam
Year 3 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0

 

For part-time students

Year 1 Fall PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
PUBH 801 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 802 Applied Biostatistics I 3
PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
Year 1 Summer Qualifying Exam
Year 2 Fall CHSS 820 Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health Theory and Methods 3
CHSS 810 Cities and Health 3
Year 2 Spring CHSS 821 Advanced Community Health Interventions 3
HPAM 820 Seminar in Health Policy 3
Year 3 Fall Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Spring HPAM 822 Public Health Economics 3
Elective 3
Year 4 Fall Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 4 Winter Comprehensive Exam
Year 4 Spring Teaching Experience
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0