Competencies

The PhD training program in community health and health behavior is designed to enable students to do the following.

  • Synthesize  empirical evidence in a specialty area in community health and health behavior.
  • Apply ethical principles to research and professional practice.
  • Apply a core set of methodological skills (qualitative and/or quantitative) relevant to community health and health behavior research, needs assessment, and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs.
  • Design and conduct original theory-based, evidence-driven community health and health behavior research
  • Communicate research ideas and findings to scientific and lay audiences.
  • Evaluate the development, implementation, and utility of public health policies and/or programs designed to improve community health and health behaviors.