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PhD in Public Health with a Concentration in Community and Family Health

The educational goal of the PhD program in Community and Family Health is to prepare public health professionals to meet the challenges of improving the health status of families and the overall community. The program offered focuses on: (1) the analysis of the health status and needs of a population, including social, behavioral and demographic factors and characteristics; (2) health promotion and education; (3) client-and community-based intervention strategies; (4) development and evaluation of community and family health programs. This program and its faculty provide students with excellent research opportunities in domestic and international arenas through basic and applied research; conducting innovative community-based demonstration programs; providing consultation and technical assistance to agencies and communities; and providing continuing-education programs.

The curriculum is a cooperative, learning, research, problem-solving endeavor in which students and faculty contribute interdependently to pursuits essential to the health of human society. The educational process requires active participation and self-direction by the student in pursuit of a type of scholarship and intellectual discipline that remains for life. Scholarship implies the application of a body of knowledge, intellectual curiosity, vision, insight, critical thinking, imagination, analysis and synthesis for the advancement of society.


A graduate from the PhD program will be able to:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through intra-and interdisciplinary efforts
  • Implement change within the community and public health
  • Conduct basic and applied research in identification, prevention and evaluation of public health problems
  • Teach in university settings
  • Assume leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels

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