General Information

Program/Degree
Health Behavior Health Promotion (PHD)  
Program Description

The PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion (HBHP) is offered by the Division of Health Promotion Sciences. The doctoral degree program in Health Behavior Health Promotion will have an emphasis on the biological, behavioral, and socio-cultural determinants of health and health behavior, and the interventions and policies aimed at improving community and population health. The PhD program includes instruction in behavioral sciences, public health practice and policy, human services, and research methods. The doctoral program will offer a diverse and challenging curriculum that addresses health behavior health promotion theory, knowledge/skills in working on health issues within the diverse communities of the Southwest US, mixed qualitative/quantitative research methods, statistics, and grant development skills. Students will further specialize in one or more areas by methodology (applicable quantitative and qualitative methods) and/or topic--examples include promoting population health equity in one or more underserved communities of the State or developing/testing theory-based healthy lifestyle promotion interventions.

The requirement for entry into the PhD will be a bachelor’s degree. Outstanding course performance and strong evidence for research interests/aptitude in health behavior health promotion is required for all admitted students. Applicants without a prior related master’s degree will complete a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in route to their PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion. For students admitted to the PhD program without a prior related master’s degree, the MSPH develops the student’s ability to think critically, develop and execute research, while also providing depth in health behavior health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics. These skills are essential to the success of a future PhD student and future health promotion health behavior scholar. Students are expected to complete the MSPH as a required component of this program when entering without a prior master’s degree. Except for the thesis credits, all internal MSPH coursework will apply toward the PhD provided the student received an A or B grade.

The MSPH is not a stand-alone degree; students interested in graduate studies in health behavior health promotion who are uncertain of a research career focus are encouraged to discuss applying for the Master of Public Health (MPH) with section faculty and MEZCOPH’s Office of Student Services. The latter professional degree (MPH with a concentration in HBHP) affords sound preparation for the PhD program while foremost being designed as a functional terminal degree for immediate workforce entry.

The doctoral program requires approximately four to five years for completion. The first two years of this time are usually devoted to coursework, the comprehensive doctoral examinations, and development of doctoral research. The program is research oriented and centers on a major research project. The overall course of study is developed by the student and the Faculty Advisor, and is approved by the student’s Graduate committee and the Chair of the Health Behavior Health Promotion Section. Students will be required to defend their dissertation through a public presentation and oral examination with their committee.

Credit Hours: For students entering with a master’s degree, the PhD curriculum will require a minimum of 63 credit hours (units).   Of this, 15 units are required from major courses: 3 units are required on US minority/health disparities; 3 units on advanced grant proposal development; 6 units on health promotion research content electives,  9 units of other electives, 9 units (minimum) for the minor; and 18 units for the dissertation.   A maximum of 30 units from a prior degree may be applied towards an admitted student, pending review by the student’s advisory committee.

View more about the program and the curriculum at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/doctoral-programs/health-behavior-health-promotion

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health

 
College
College of Public Health  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Amy J Glicken
520-626-3201
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michael J Tearne
520-626-2112
Director of Graduate Studies
John E Ehiri
520-626-1355
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree required for MSPH applicants
  • Master's degree in the area of health behavior or health promotion or similar field required for PhD applicants
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

View more detailed admissions criteria at:  

Applications are to be submitted through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for accredited schools and programs of public health, at www.sophas.org.  

 
Standardized Tests

Required Test 
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253

International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.

SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS

 
Financial Aid

A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.  More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance

 
Admissions Deadlines

Priority Deadline:  December 1
Secondary Deadline:  March 1

Note:  Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 0616

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Required Major Courses (18 units)

CPH 573A  Basic Principle of Epidemiology (3)
CPH 576B*  Biostatistics for Research (3)
CPH 607  Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (3)
CPH 609  Evaluating the Public Health Literature (1)
CPH 628  Public Health Research and Evaluation (3)
CPH 650*  Applied Public Health Theory (3)
CPH 696L  Health Behavior Health Promotion Seminar (1 unit; 2 times)

Required US Minority/Health Disparities Course (minimum 3 units)

CPH 535  Multicultural Health Beliefs (3)  OR
CPH 605  Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3)

*Prerequisite Courses for:
CPH 576B:  CPH 576A or other introductory graduate statistics course.
CPH 650:     CPH 577 or related graduate coursework

Required Grant Proposal Development Emphasis Course 

CPH 652  Grantsmanship for a Winning Proposal (3)

Required Health Promotion Emphasis Electives (minimum of 3 units)

CPH 531  Contemporary Health Issues & Research (3)
CPH 532A  Applied Aspects of Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation I (4)
CPH 535**  Multicultural Health Beliefs (3)
CPH 577  Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
CPH 605**  Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3)
CPH 619  Topics in Health Behavior Health Promotion (3)
CPH 622  Applied Research Methods in Diet and Physical Activity (3)
CPH 642  Public Health Communications (3)
CPH 671  Social Epidemiology (3)
CPH 646  Measurement Issues in Epidemiology (3)

**(if not already used to fulfill the US minority health/disparities requirement)

Other Electives (minimum 9 units; Approved by Faculty Advisor/Doctoral Committee)
These electives will often be independent studies with a research focus, public health graduate courses, or other graduate theory, content or methodology-related courses at the University, relevant to the doctoral area of study).

Minor (minimum 9 units)
Each PhD student must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work in a minor area. The minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units.  This should consist of a coherent set of courses in an area (or in related areas) of health behavior health promotion, in consultation with the PhD students faculty advisor and/or Graduate Committee Chair.   These courses may be from more than one program.

Dissertation – CPH 920 - minimum of 18 units required

PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion - Total Minimum Credit Requirements: 63 units

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)/PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion

For students entering without a master’s degree, the PhD curriculum will require a minimum of 72 credit hours (units), with 40 units required toward completing the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)/ PhD. The MSPH component requires 22 required course credits:  3 units are required on US minority/health disparities; 3 units on health promotion research content electives; 6 units of other electives; and 6 units of thesis.  Additional required units post completion of the MSPH include 2 additional major units; 3 units on advanced grant proposal development; 9 units (minimum) for the minor, and 18 units for the dissertation.  A maximum of 8 units from prior graduate coursework (6 units from a prior awarded degree) may be considered (pending review) to be applied towards the MSPH component. 

Requirements for MSPH to PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion for students entering without a prior master’s degree:

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) requirements (40 units)

Required Major Courses (25 units)
CPH 531         Contemporary Health Issues & Research (3)
CPH 573A      Basic Principles of Epidemiology (3)
CPH 576A      Biostatistics in Public Health (3)
CPH 576B*     Biostatistics for Research (3)
CPH 577         Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3)
CPH 607         Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (3)
CPH 628         Public Health Research and Evaluation (3)
CPH 650*       Applied Public Health Theory (3)  
CPH 696L       Health Behavior Health Promotion Seminar (1)

*Note:            Prerequisite Courses for:
CPH 576B:   CPH 576A or other introductory graduate statistics course.
CPH 650:     CPH 577 or related graduate coursework

Required US Minority/Health Disparities Course (minimum 3 units)
CPH 535         Multicultural Health Beliefs ) (3)  OR
CPH 605         Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3)

Other Electives        (Minimum of 6 units, approved by Faculty Adviser)

Required Master’s Thesis:   CPH 910 (minimum 6 units)

Additional core requirements for the PhD post completion of the MSPH (32 units)

Required  Courses (minimum of 2 units)
CPH 609         Evaluating the Public Health Literature (1)
CPH 696L       HBHP Seminar (1)

Required Grant Proposal Development Emphasis  Course (minimum 3 units)
CPH 652 §         Grantsmanship for a Winning Proposal (3)

§ Note:  Alternative course addresssing content with a minimum of 3 or greater units may be considered (e.g. with a major grant development component; advanced evaluation methods). Such a substitution requires approval of the Program Director and Faculty Advisor.

Approved Minor (minimum 9 units required)

Each PhD student must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work in a minor area. The minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units. This should consist of a coherent set of courses in an area (or in related areas) of health behavior health promotion, in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor and/or Graduate Committee Chair. These courses may be from more than one program.

Dissertation – CPH 920 – (minimum of 18 units required)

MSPH/PhD in Health Behavior Health Promotion - Total Minimum Credit Requirements:  72 units

 
Minor Requirements

The PhD minor in Health Behavior Health Promotion (HBHP) is designed for individuals from other University of Arizona doctoral degree programs who wish to obtain graduate training in Health Behavior Health Promotion and is administered by the HBHP Section in MEZCOPH. 
 
A total of 12 course units are required, as well as successful completion of written and oral questions during the PhD Comprehensive exam, and successful defense of the dissertation. Consult the UA catalog and UA schedule of classes for further details and specific course requirements. 
 
Required PhD Minor in Health Behavior Health Promotion Courses (at least 12 units): 
 
Choose (1) course from the following: 
CPH 535 Multicultural Health Beliefs (3) or 
CPH 605 Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3) 
 
Choose (2) courses from the following: 
CPH 577 Sociocultural & Behavioral Aspects of Public Health (3) 
CPH 531 Contemporary Health Issues & Research (3) 
CPH 607 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (3) 
CPH 605 Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3) (if not used to fulfill the above requirement) 
CPH 622 Applied Research Methods in Diet and Physical Activity (3) 
CPH 628 Public Health Research and Evaluation (3) 
EPID 671 Social Epidemiology (3) 
CPH 619 Topics in Health Behavior Health Promotion (3) 
 
One additional course (minimum 3 units) - Approved by the HBHP minor Faculty Advisor (3)

 

 
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Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 27%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) n/a
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 40%
Enrollment Percent Female 60%
Enrollment Percent International 0%
Enrollment Percent URM 40%

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