The Ph.D. in Community Health program provides students with intensive training in both community-engaged public health and advanced research methods.
The program provides advanced learning in research and instructional skills with a focus on community engagement and the social determinants of health.
The curriculum includes training in research methodology, epidemiologic study design, qualitative research, theory, and topical courses on social disparities, and elective courses selected to form a focused area of emphasis.
The program is also distinguished by its multidisciplinary faculty and emphasis on research experience.
Students graduating from this program will be able to:
The doctoral program in Community Health from the OHSU-PSU School of public health is the culmination of 108 total credits in the following areas:
Students will take a series of core health and research methods courses as well as elective courses in one of three areas of emphasis (social and behavioral health, aging and health, or urban health) or an area otherwise related to the student’s interests and approved by the student’s advisor.
Upon successful completion of coursework, students must pass a written and oral comprehensive exam. Before advancing to PhD candidacy, students will complete and defend a dissertation proposal. Students will then design, implement, and analyze a research project. The final product is a written dissertation with an oral defense of the dissertation work.