Ph.D. in Public Health

Public Health professionals help protect and promote the wellness of people and communities. The University's Ph.D. in Public Health program helps students develop the discipline's most advanced skills.

Program at a glance

Application deadline: Mar. 15 (fall)
Admissions cycles: Fall
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research
Graduate Director: Roy Oman

Why Choose This Ph.D. in Public Health Program?

The Ph.D. in Public Health program prepares students for careers in teaching, research or policy development and offers specializations in epidemiology or social and behavioral health. As a Tier One research institution, the University of Nevada, Reno encourages its Ph.D. candidates to participate in research projects that generate new public health knowledge, and to apply their research to public health practice or health policy.

Faculty and students of the School of Community Health Sciences conduct state-of-the-art research in a wide range of areas related to public health. Research in the school is supported by grants and contracts from numerous federal, state, local and private sources, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Ph.D. in Public Health program gives students an array of high-level abilities that can be valuable in either public or private careers. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Public Health program are able to:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the major epidemiological and social and behavioral health issues
  • Apply the theoretical and problem-solving aspects of epidemiology and social and behavioral health
  • Conduct independent research that generates new public health knowledge
  • Communicate knowledge and research findings to professional, scientific, policy and lay audiences and demonstrate skills in translating research into public health practice or health policy

Funding for the Ph.D. in Public Health?

Qualified doctoral students in Public Health are offered Graduate Assistant (GA) positions for the first two years of the program. These positions typically include teaching and/or research activities and continuous funding is contingent upon satisfactory performance of the duties and good academic standing. Although funding is not guaranteed after the first two years, GA positions and other funding opportunities are available and most students continue to receive support. GA positions include a monthly stipend, health insurance, and a partial tuition waiver.

Public Health Ph.D. Admission Process and Requirements

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Ph.D. in Public Health Prerequisite Coursework

In order to be considered for admission, students need to complete coursework specific to their specialization, including Epidemiology or Social and Behavioral Health. Students entering the program have completed a relevant master's degree, traditionally the mater of Public Health (MPH).

Epidemiology Specialization Coursework Requirements

Students must have documentation that they have completed the following MPH courses (or their equivalent). Students missing any of these pre-requisites need to complete the courses during their first two years:

  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3 Credits)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3 Credits)
  • CHS 708: Epidemiology II (3 Credits)
  • CHS 703R: Applied Health Data Analysis (3 Credits)
  • CHS 753: Health Informatics (3 Credits)

Social and Behavioral Health Specialization Coursework Requirements

Students must have documentation that they have completed the following MPH courses (or their equivalent). Students missing any of the required pre-requisites need to complete the courses during their first two years.

  • CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 701: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health (3 Credits)
  • CHS 755: Health Policy & Administration (3 Credits)
  • CHS 725: Health and the Environment (3 Credits)
  • CHS 705: Theoretical Foundation of Health Promotion (3 Credits)
  • CHS 720: Program Planning (3 Credits)
  • CHS 721: Program Evaluation in Public Health (3 Credits)

Ph.D. in Public Health Application Process


Core Faculty for the PhD in Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Health

Epidemiology  
Social and Behavioral Health

*In addition to the faculty members listed here, other faculty members are also available to work with doctoral students.

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Contact

PhD program in general: Dr. Roy Oman, Graduate Director | roman@unr.edu

Epidemiology: Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle, Associate Professor | clements@unr.edu

Social and Behavioral Health: Dr. Paul Devereux, Associate Professor | devereux@unr.edu




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Contact Division of Health Sciences

Phone (775) 784-6977
Email healthsciences@unr.edu
Location Sarah H. Fleischmann Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557