Population Health Sciences Program

The Population Health Sciences (PHS) Graduate Program prepares students to conduct, communicate, and apply research aimed at the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in human populations. Curricula within the program share a population health perspective that explores the interplay of individual biological and behavioral factors with aspects of the physical, social, and policy environments. Research focuses on health risks, determinants, outcomes, and interventions in clinical and community settings and in unique occupational or patient groups.

Training emphasizes the development and mastery of high-level quantitative skills in data collection and analysis. PhD students in Population Health Sciences are expected to master the following competencies:

  1. Evaluate the roles that social, behavioral, environmental, and biological factors play in contributing to population health.
  2. Develop and critically evaluate conceptual models to examine population health research questions.
  3. Analyze and interpret population health data commonly used in research
  4. Critically appraise approaches to ethical decision-making in research accordance with the highest ethical standards.
  5. Communicate the results of research in a scholarly manner through presentations or publications to a broad audience.


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John D. Prochaska, DrPH, MPH
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Christina Johnson
Coordinator, Student Recruitment & Admissions
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