Ph.D. in Public Health

UC Irvine Public Health welcomes applications to our new research training doctorate degree, the Ph.D. in Public Health with concentrations in Global Health and Disease Prevention. Admitted students will have the opportunity to conduct research with extraordinarily gifted faculty members on the most pressing public health questions of our time. Students who complete the research training program will create new knowledge through a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of public health challenges, research methods, and their application to contemporary and emerging trends in public health. Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be prepared to lead independent and collaborative research careers in academic institutions, to teach at advanced levels of instruction, and to lead research efforts at agencies dedicated to public health at all levels of organization.

It is expected that students will need 4-5 years to complete the program. The curriculum is organized in four modules: The preparatory, elective and concentration modules stimulate students to generate research hypotheses in the context of risk factors, vulnerable populations, and disease outcomes. The research module demands the engagement of acquired methodological skills toward discoveries that advance fundamental understanding of the determinants of health and strategies to prevent disease. The program culminates in the submission and defense of a dissertation on original research conducted during the research module. For more information on the PhD in Public Health, please see:

Ph.D. Admissions

Ph.D. Curriculum

The specific learning objectives of the concentration in Global Health are:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical underpinnings of advances in global health research.

2. Explain the relationship between theory and research methods focused on understanding the association of risk, vulnerability, and outcome in global health.

3. Compare and contrast the health status of different populations with respect to their burden of disease.

4. Formulate research hypotheses in the intersection of risk factors, vulnerable populations, and burden of disease.

5. Compose research proposals and conduct original research resulting in discoveries that contribute to improved understanding of risk factors and variations in disease burden in a population, and strategies to alleviate the burden at the global level.

The specific learning objectives of the concentration in Disease Prevention are:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical underpinnings of strategies for disease prevention.

2. Explain the relationship between theory and research methods focused on understanding the association of risk, behavior, and vulnerability with respect to disease pathways.

3. Compare and contrast biological, social, and policy strategies for health promotion and disease prevention.

4. Formulate research hypotheses in the intersection of health risk factors, health behavior, and health promotion and policies toward disease prevention.

5. Compose research proposals and conduct original research resulting in discoveries that contribute to improved understanding of the role of behavior and health promotion strategies in mitigating the vulnerability to health risk factors in specific populations, with the goals of applying the knowledge to disease prevention.

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