The doctoral program prepares individuals for teaching and research positions in academic institutions and positions of professional leadership in health and health-related agencies where research is an important function. Doctoral applicants must have completed a Master’s degree or other advanced degree, generally have backgrounds in the social or behavioral sciences, and usually have demonstrated basic research competency through a Master’s thesis or its equivalent.
A candidate, entering with a satisfactory background without curricular deficiencies, can expect to take two years for coursework and typically another two years for completion of the dissertation. Preference is given to candidates with work experience in health education, but other outstanding individuals are accepted. Each applicant should submit a statement of interest, provide detailed information on his/her background and competencies, and indicate areas of preferred major and minor concentration.