Degree Requirements

The PhD in Community Health Sciences program requires a minimum of 96 semester hours, although more hours are often necessary. PhD students in Community Health Sciences are required to select a major area of concentration relevant to community health and obtain advisor approval in all course selections.  Learn more about the optional concentration in Maternal and Child Health.

Students with a master’s degree in public health or a related area may receive up to 32 SH of credit towards the 96 SH total. The 32 SH of credit will apply to the required 37-44 elective hours.

The PhD in Community Health Sciences includes the following course requirements:

PhD Student Handbook

School-Wide Core Requirements (32-35 semester hours)

  • IPHS 520 – Public Health Frameworks for Researchers (required for all PhD students without an MPH degree) (3 semester hours)
  • IPHS 599 – PhD Dissertation Research (minimum 32 semester hours)

Divisional Core Requirements (20-24 semester hours)

  • CHSC 595 – Doctoral Seminar (1 semester hour – take two semesters) (2 semester hours)

In the event that appropriate CHSC 595 options are not available, this requirement may be filled by taking appropriate sections of IPHS 595.

In addition, PhD students in the Community Health Sciences are required to take courses from three specific areas: 1) Community Health Sciences Theory and Methods, 2) Advanced Research Methods, and 3) Advanced Analytic Methods. Choose 6 semester hours from each course list:

Additional Required Courses

The following courses must be taken if an equivalent course was not completed in the student’s master’s program:

  • BSTT 400 – Biostatistics I (4 semester hours)
  • BSTT 401 – Biostatistics II (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 446 – Research Methods in Community Health (3 semester hours)
  • EPID 403 – Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods (3 semester hours)
  • CHSC 421 – Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health (4 semester hours)
  • CHSC 422 – Community Health 2: Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions (4 semester hours)

Concentration Electives (minimum of 12 semester hours)

Select 12 semester hours in an approved concentration area; at least 9 semester hours must be 500-level courses. The 595 seminar series may not be counted towards fulfillment of this requirement. Note: Students must complete the number of electives necessary to bring total program hours to a minimum of 96 semester hours.