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.  Students in the concentration in Maternal and Child Health may have more specific requirements than those listed below.

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 SH)

Divisional Core Requirements (24+ semester hours)

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

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.  Students must complete all courses from Community Health Sciences Theory and Methods, and at least three courses from the combined Advanced Research Methods and Advanced Analytic Methods lists, at least one course coming from each 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 SH)
  • CHSC 421 – Community Health 1: Assessing, Promoting and Improving Community Health (4 SH)
  • CHSC 422 – Community Health 2: Evidence-Informed Community Health Interventions (4 SH)
  • CHSC 446 – Research Methods in Community Health (3 SH)
  • EPID 403 – Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods (3 SH)

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.