Ph.D. in Public Health
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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: Feb. 1st
Admissions cycles: Fall
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research
Director of Graduate Studies: Kristen Clements-Nolle
Why choose this Ph.D. in Public Health program?
The Ph.D. in Public Health emphasizes the expertise necessary for a research career in either epidemiology or social behavioral health. The Ph.D. is designed to prepare students for careers in which advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required, such as university teaching, research, consulting, policy development or other high-level positions. 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).
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 program 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 Master of Public Health (MPH). Learn more about specialization courses below.
Required pre-requisite coursework
Students will typically enter the Ph.D. in Public Health after having completed a relevant Master's degree, such as the Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Science (MS) in epidemiology or biostatistics (for the epidemiology specialization) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in social and behavioral health, or health education (for the Social and Behavioral Health Specialization). Occasionally, students can be admitted with a health-related Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 that is confirmed before beginning classes. Additionally, students must have documentation that they have completed the following MPH courses (or their equivalent). Students missing any of the required prerequisites may be admitted, contingent on successful completion of specified courses within a period of time (typically the first year).
- CHS 712: Epidemiology in Public Health (3 Credits)
- CHS 780: Biostatistics in Public Health (3 Credits)
- Basics of Public Health (0 credits. Online self-paced)
Public health program faculty
Epidemiology faculty members
Social and Behavioral Health faculty members
In addition to the faculty members listed above, other faculty members are also available to work with doctoral students.
Public health Ph.D. student spotlight
Menjiao Huang is CHS
Mengjiao Huang completed both her undergraduate degree (BS, Public Health Laboratory Sciences) and her MPH at Sichuan University in China.
Why I want a Ph.D. in Public Health
I really enjoy doing research. The exciting thing about it is that you can always learn something new from your work, and you don't have to do the same work from 9 to 5. Applying for grants and writing a paper are painful processes, though I feel excited when my work gets published... >> Continue Reading
Learn more about the Ph.D. in Public Health
If you have questions or would like to learn more about the public health program or its two specializations, contact the individuals below.
For general inquiries and questions:
Dr. Roy Oman, Graduate Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about Social and Behavioral Health:
Paul Devereux, Associate Professor | email@example.com
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