The PhD program in Global Community Health & Behavioral Science educates professionals 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.
The PhD in Social, Behavioral and Population Sciences follows the SPHTM guidelines for all PhD degrees. For further details on the PhD please see the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine “Policies and Procedures for Doctoral Programs” guide.
The PhD degree in Social, Behavioral and Population Sciences 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|
|SPHL 6050||Biostatistics for Public Hlth (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6060||Epidemiology for Public Health (or equivalent)||3|
|SPHL 6080||Design Strategies in PH Prgrms||3|
|SBPS 6030||Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health||3|
|SBPS 6340||M&E of Health Programs||3|
|BIOS 6040||Intermediate Biostatistics||3|
|Statistical Software Course or Skills 1||1|
Proficiency in SPSS, SAS and/or STATA.
GIS - TBD by Student & Advisor
|Advanced Doctoral Study|
|SBPS 7250||Evidence-Based Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences||3|
|GCHB 7280||Qual Mthds: Basic Foundations||2|
|or GCHB 7290||Qual Mthds II - Theory and Mth|
|GCHB 8250||Advnced Rsrch Mthds in GH||3|
|SBPS 8750||Social Determinants of Health I: Theory||3|
|GCHB 8760||Social Epid/Soc Determinant II||3|
|SBPS 8820||Advanced Program Planning and Grant Writing for Research||3|
|GCHB 8800/8830||Senior Grad Rsch Seminar II||1|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
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.
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.