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 7070

Program planning in health promotion and disease prevention

EPID 7010


HPRB 7920

Health Behavior

HPRB 7470 Program evaluation in health promotion and health education

Basic 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 Promotion 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

Students will work directly with their major professor to determine the most appropriate classes for their area of interest.

Advanced Research Methods and Research Seminar (minimum 13 credits)
Students select a minimum of three advance research courses in quantitative or qualitative research, plus four 1-hour research seminars (one per semester).

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.