Prospective Graduate Student Information

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Additional Degrees Offered: MPH and DrPH



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Health Promotion and Behavior

The primary objective of this program is to prepare researchers and leaders in the field by fostering research and development in Health Promotion and Behavior. Programs of study are interdisciplinary, recognizing that the sophisticated study of health behavior requires theories, information, and expertise from many fields. 

All applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited institution.

Curriculum (PRINT)

The individual program of study is determined by the Major Professor, the student's Advisory Committee, and the student. Each program of study must meet the requirements of the Graduate School and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior.

Doctoral students must demonstrate competency in the core master level health promotion courses and basic research methods, by taking the courses at UGA or by demonstrating prior equivalent coursework.

Master Level Competencies: up to 12 credit hours

HPRB 7010

Social and behavioral foundations of health

EPID 7010

Intro to epidemiology I

HPRB 7920

Theories of health behavior

HPRB 7470 Program evaluation in health promotion and health education

Masters Research Competencies: 6 credit hours

BIOS 7010

Biostatistics I

BIOS 7020

Biostatistics II


ERSH 8310 Applied analysis of variance
ERSH 8320 Applied correlation and regression

All doctoral students will take the doctoral level Health Promotion core courses, cognate courses, advance research methods, research seminar, and doctoral dissertaion.

Health Behavior Core Requirements: 12-15 credit hours

HPRB 8410

Human ecology of health and illness

HPRB 8420

Theory and research in health promotion

HPRB 8430

Intervention and evaluation in health promotion

HPRB 9630 Critique of the literature

Cognate Area Requirements: 12-15 credit hours

The cognates serve to enhance the student's content background and research competencies. Students will work directly with their major professor to determine the most appropriate classes for their area of interest. 

Advanced Research Methods: 9-12 credit hours 

Students must successfully complete a plan sequence of 9-12 hours in advanced methods courses. This sequence should be planned in consultation with the Major Professor and approved by the advisory committee, and should be of sufficient depth and focus to fully support the planned dissertation work. The 9-12 hours should emphasize quantitative or qualitative methods courses.  Introduction to Epidemiology II, EPID 7020, is strongly recommended.  

Doctoral Research Seminar: 4 credit hours

Students will complete 4 hours of doctoral seminar by enrolling in 2 hours of HPRB 8990 for the fall and spring semester of their third year.  The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with personal and professional development pertaining to post-doctoral employment and career planning.  Students must have passed written and oral comprehensive exams prior to enrolling in this seminar. 

Doctoral Dissertation (HPRB 9000 and HPRB 9300): 3 to 30 credit hours

For questions, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Jessica Muilenburg.

Fall 2016 Application Deadlines

Departmental deadline for full consideration : January 8, 2016

All application materials must be in by the deadline to be considered for an assistantship.