The purpose of the PhD program in Global Community Health and Behavioral Science is to train experts who will advance the field of global community health through research, development and application of theory, and teaching. The PhD is a highly specialized training program, integrating theory and research in a focused substantive area of global importance. Graduates will have in-depth expertise necessary for a research career, and are expected to develop careers in universities, medical schools, and other higher institutions of learning as faculty members or in research organizations globally.
Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.
- Analyze major social and behavioral sciences theories for application to evidence-based research.
- Analyze qualitative and/or quantitative data in order to answer significant research questions in social and behavioral sciences.
- Synthesize the interdisciplinary perspectives within public health.
- Design, implement and evaluate independent theory-based scientific research in an academic or practice setting.
- Translate and disseminate knowledge of global community health problems in a specific area.
- Adapt a well-rounded persona with a clear research focus including demonstrating ethical conduct, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of academic integrity.
Applicants must meet the school's admission requirements for entrance into Doctoral programs at SPHTM.
Applicants to the PhD program must have completed a master’s degree in a related field with an outstanding academic record. Applicants are interviewed by faculty members during the admission review. Acceptance will also depend on the capacity of faculty mentors to mentor additional doctoral students.
Complete applications must be received by the priority deadline of December 1 to be considered for fellowships and other student funding. To be considered for admission to GCHB doctoral programs without funding, the completed application must be received by January 15.
A complete application includes all required documentation --career statements, letters of recommendation and verified transcripts and GRE scores. We recommend applications and required documentation be submitted in sufficient time for SOPHAS to receive and verify transcripts and GRE scores to meet the respective deadlines.
The PhD degree in Global Community Health and Behavior requires a total of 72 post-baccalaureate degree credits with at least 30 credits of doctoral study at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 42 credits may be applied from the MPH or equivalent master’s degree. These credits will be reviewed and those that do not fulfill the PhD competencies may not be accepted. If a prerequisite course or equivalent has not been fulfilled, the student must take the course in addition to the 30 credits of advanced doctoral study but may count toward the total 72 credits.
The advisor works with the students in identifying the course of study in the doctoral program. If the doctoral student does not have a prior public health degree, they must obtain a grounding in public health. See PhD handbook.
Prerequisite Coursework (from prior master’s degree)
|SPHL 6020||Foundations in Public Health (or equivalent)||3|
|GCHB 6030||Soc & Beh Aspects of Glo Hl (or equivalent)||3|
|GCHB 6340||M&E of Global Health Programs (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6050||Biostatistics for Public Healt (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6060||Epidemiology for Public Health (or equivalent)||3|
|Statistical Software Course or Skills 1||1|
|SPHL 6080||Design Strategies in PH Prgrms||3|
e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA. GIS - TBD by Student & Advisor
|Advanced Doctoral Study|
|GCHB 7250||Evdnc Bsed Mthds Scial & Beh||3|
|GCHB 7280||Qual Mthds: Basic Foundations 1||2|
|or GCHB 7290||Qual Mthds II - Theory and Mth|
|GCHB 8250||Advnced Rsrch Mthds in GH||3|
|GCHB 8750||Soc Determ of Hlth I:Concep||3|
|GCHB 8760||Social Determinants of Hlth II||3|
|GCHB 8820||Adv Pro Plan:Grant Writing:Res||3|
|GCHB 8800/8830||Senior Grad Rsch Seminar I||1|
|Select 12 credits 2||12|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
TBD by advisor/student
Additional credits may be needed to obtain a total of 72 credits. Electives may be selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. No more than 12 credits of special (independent) studies may be applied toward the doctoral degree.
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate doctoral program competencies as well as knowledge related to their content area of expertise.
(See PhD handbook)
PhD students must complete a dissertation that has a strong basic social science or natural science research focus, and make a unique and original contribution to the scientific literature. The dissertation should help the student prepare for a career in research through demonstrated excellence in the research methods that are used. Consistent with the purpose of the PhD program, dissertations should go beyond basic descriptive analyses of existing data sets (through novel theoretical or methodological applications are acceptable); and have greater innovation and significance than just monitoring and evaluation of an existing project.