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Graduate Committee

Rebecca Anderson J.D. (Chair), Dr. Fabio Almeida, Dr. Asia Sikora Kessler, Dr. Dejun Su, Dr. Melissa Tibbits, Dr. Amy Yaroch, and Aja Knelp Pelster (student representative)

The PhD in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research provides students with the training necessary to become skilled research scientists who will have a significant impact on the health of the population by thinking critically and integratively about complex public health problems and applying scientific rigor to the design and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention research and programs.  The program is housed in the College of Public Health Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, where students have the opportunity to pursue research involving epidemiological, intervention, evaluation, and dissemination studies, using qualitative, quantitative, and/or systems tools. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers as scientists in government and private research agencies, as faculty in colleges and universities, and as leaders in public health.

Admission

In addition to the standard admission requirements established by UNMC Graduate Studies, potential PhD students in Health Promotion & Disease Prevension Research must hold a master's or other advanced degree, although exceptional students with a bachelor’s degree background will be considered.  Most successful applicants will have verbal and quantitative GRE scores at or above the 60th percentile.  At least one of the required letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member in the applicant’s previous program who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully a PhD program. The other two letters may be academic or professional references.

PhD Curriculum

Coursework  

Students pursuing the PhD degree in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research are required to complete the following courses (except HPRO 999) prior to starting the dissertation. A minimum of 90 credit hours is required.  

Health Promotion (18 credits)
HPRO 860HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HPRO 827INTERVENTIONS IN HEALTH PROMOTION3
HPRO 901ADVANCED THEORIES IN HEALTH PROMOTION & DISEASE PREVENTION3
HPRO 840HLTH PROMTN PROGRAM PL3
HPRO 902COMPLEX SYSTEMS THINKING3
HPRO 830FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
Research (24 credits)
BIOS 806BIOSTATISTICS I3
BIOS 808BIOSTATISTICS II3
BIOS 810INTRO SAS PROGRAMMING3
EPI 820EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
EPI 821APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HPRO 805APPLIED RESEARCH IN PUBLIC HEALTH3
HPRO 875PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM EVALUATION3
HPRO 910HUMANISTIC TRADITIONS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH3
Writing (2 courses)4
A course in grant writing
A course in Scientific Writing or Publication Writing
Electives (23 credits)
The student should consult with his/her Supervisory Committee to select appropriate electives
Other Requirements
A course in Ethics3
HPRO 996DIRECTED READINGS AND RESEARCH1-9
HPRO 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION (12 credits)1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training