Community Health Education, Ph.D.
The Department’s Ph.D. in Community Health Education is designed to engage doctoral students in an active learning environment that prepares them academically and professionally to conduct significant public health research and advanced practice. Graduates of the doctoral program take roles as researchers, academics, and public health leaders and professionals committed to social change and to facilitating the resolution of public health outcomes important to the community and field. The Ph.D. in Community Health Education requires 63 credit hours beyond an appropriate master’s degree (90 credit hours without a qualifying master’s degree). Students who enter with a master’s degree are required to earn a minimum of 48 credits of coursework and 15 credits of dissertation work. The department’s faculty have a strong base in approaches that embrace the social ecological framework and are committed to community engaged interaction and research.
The educational objectives of the Ph.D. program are to:
- Provide an ecological perspective of health and the related advanced theory important in preparing students for careers in practice-based research.
- Prepare students to function as leaders in community-based prevention research in academic, research, or public health organizations.
- Provide experiences to ground students’ research in the problems and issues facing public health education practitioners and policymakers.
- Provide research experiences designed to develop the technical, conceptual, and communications skills required for independent research.
Assessment of courses or experiences applicable to the degree occurs at the time of admission into the program. The student’s doctoral program committee will work with each candidate to develop a course of study within the framework of the program and informed by the student’s personal interests, past coursework, and professional experiences.
In addition to the minimum admission materials required by The Graduate School, applicants should submit a description of work experiences and a written statement of research and professional goals. In this statement, identify at least 2-3 faculty members with whom you would like to work. For best consideration, materials should be provided by December 2nd although strong students will be considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Admission is for the Fall only and applicants can be admitted as either full-time or part-time students.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 63 credit hours (90 credit hours without a qualifying master's degree)
The Ph.D. in Community Health Education requires 63 credit hours beyond an appropriate master’s degree (90 credit hours without a qualifying master’s degree). Students who enter with a master’s degree are required to earn a minimum of 48 credits of course work and 15 credits of dissertation work.
Entering doctoral students who have not completed one or more of the Public Health Core or Health Education Core courses must complete these courses as part of their program in addition to the minimum 63 credit hours.
|Profession Core (12-30 credits)|
|Public Health Core (0-9 credits) 1||0-9|
|Foundations of Public Health|
|Health Education Core (3-12 credits) 2||3-12|
|Community Health Analysis|
|Community Health Interventions|
|Advanced Theoretical Basis for Community Health Education|
|Professional Development (9 credits)|
|HHS 750||Professional Development Seminar||3|
|HEA 760 (COURSE INACTIVE)||3|
|Select at least one course (3 credits) from the following:||3|
|Doctoral Seminar in Grant Writing|
|Research Core (21 credits)|
|Foundations (3 credits)|
|HEA 751||Foundations of Research for Public Health Education||3|
|Methods (18 credits)|
|HEA 705||Qualitative Methods in Public Health||3|
|HEA 752||Quantitative Methods in Public Health||3|
|HEA 765||Advanced Program Evaluation in Public Health Education||3|
|And select at least three courses (9 credits) from the following: 3||9|
|Applied Multiple Regression|
|Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education|
|Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments|
|Structural Equation Modeling in Education|
|Hierarchical Linear Modeling|
|Survey Research Methods in Education|
|Categorical Data Analysis|
|Sample Survey Methods|
|Statistical Applications for Nursing Research|
|Statistical Applications for Nursing Research II|
|Advanced Research Design in Human Development and Family Studies|
|Advanced Data Analysis|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology I|
|Statistical Methods in Psychology II|
|Survey Methods for Policy Research|
|Qualitative Methods for Nursing|
|Mixed Methods Research Design in Curriculum and Instruction|
|Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry: A Social Justice Approach|
|Engaging Communication Scholarship II|
|Case Study Methods in Educational Research|
|Electives (15 credits)|
|Select 15 credits from the following: 4||15|
|Management of Community Health Organizations|
|Global Health Issues|
|Gender and Health|
|Advanced Community Health Projects|
|Topics in Community Health Research|
|Foundations of Educational Measurement Theory|
|Seminar: Social Psychology and Physical Activity|
|Urban and Regional Development Policy|
|Dissertation (15 credits)|
|HEA 799||Doctoral Dissertation Research||15|
|Total Credit Hours||63-81|
Public Health Core courses may be waived with accredited M.P.H./M.S. degree or related degree.
Students should work with Advisor and committee to select course work complementary of expected dissertation method needs. Additional methods courses taken beyond required may count as part of elective requirements.
The following list provides examples of possible electives. Elective choices should be made under the advisement of the student's doctoral program committee. A minimum of 6 credits of HEA courses is required. Additional Methods or Professional Development courses taken above those required may be counted toward elective requirements.