Competencies

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

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the theory and evidence explaining interactions between community and behavioral, biological, cultural, environmental, healthcare, policy, and socioeconomic factors as influences on public health
  • Critically analyze research designs and methods and interpret scientific literature
  • Understand and apply the skills essential to collaborating with the community in identifying health-related needs, developing study designs and conducting community-level research
  • Demonstrate depth of knowledge within 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
  • Critically evaluate the development, implementation, and utility of public health policies and programs designed to improve community health and health behaviors
  • Demonstrate skills needed to be a productive researcher, educator, or practitioner including grant writing, leadership/management, collaboration and teaching/mentoring.