Health Education and Health Promotion
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Ph.D. Health Education/Health Promotion
Graduate Program Director (Education): Dr. Retta Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org
The PhD in Health Education/Health Promotion is a UA System degree jointly administered by three units: UAB School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences, UAB School of Public Health, and UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. Students draw upon the expertise and resources of a diverse and highly qualified faculty. Faculty members strive to create a rigorous scholarly and supportive atmosphere for students to develop intellectually with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be ethical and responsible health education professionals.
Ph.D. Admission Process
Consideration for admission to graduate study in health education will occur each Fall and Spring term. The completed application packet must be received by the Community Health and Human Services Program from the Graduate School by the dates shown:
Candidates for admission must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution in health education or a health-related field. Admission to doctoral study is initiated through the Graduate School. Applicants will: (a) request official transcripts of all college coursework to send to UAB Graduate School; (b) submit (3) letters of recommendation from professors or others who are qualified to judge your ability to complete doctoral coursework; (c) complete the GRE indicating UAB as the recipient of your scores; and (d) submit writing sample(s), such as an essay describing your academic training, professional experiences and career goals. Admission to the program is competitive.
Ph.D. applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater for prior college coursework and preferred GRE scores of 312. or greater Faculty consider GRE scores as one indicator of an applicant’s potential success in the doctoral program.
Ph.D. Health Education/Health Promotion Program of Study
Students may enter the program with either a bachelor's or master's degree in health education, or a master's degree in a closely related health field. Prerequisite coursework includes Foundations of Health Education, Health Education Planning and Evaluation, and Research Design and Statistics. These requirements may be corequisite components in the program.
Students entering the program with a master’s degree may transfer appropriate coursework to this program; however, this will not reduce the number of courses required. Students will not be required to retake coursework already completed but may be required to complete prerequisites as part of their planned course of study.
A required review of student credentials prior to admission will identify strengths and needs. This review will provide students with a blueprint for their course of study and will be conducted by the program director and faculty advisor.
The PhD degree program will require students to complete a minimum of 75 credit hours: 45 hours of coursework, 12 hours of research internship, and 18 hours of dissertation research. Students will meet regularly with a faculty advisor to plan course enrollment. A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required.
Research and Statistics Prerequisites: Students are required to have completed the following courses (or equivalents) BEFORE enrolling in the Advanced Research and Statistical Methods Core. These are not included in the 75 hour degree total.
|EPR 594||Introduction to Educational Research Design||3|
|EPR 596||Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research||3|
& EPR 607
|Statistical Methods and Action Research|
and Microcomputer Applications to Statistical Analysis
|EPR 609||Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate||3|
The specific components of the PhD program in health Education and Health Promotion are outlined below.
Ph.D. through the School of Education
|I. Health Education and Promotion CORE Courses|
|CHHS 731||Advanced Theoretic/Scientific Basis of Health Education & Health Promotion||3|
|CHHS 732||Planning and Administration of Health Education/Promotion Programs||3|
|CHHS 733||Evaluation of Health Education/Promotion Programs||3|
|or HB 740||Advanced Health Program Evaluation Seminar|
|CHHS 734||Health Education Seminar I||1|
|CHHS 735||Health Education Seminar II||1|
|CHHS 736||Health Education Seminar III||1|
|II. Advanced Research and Statistical Methods Core||12|
|Principles of Epidemiologic Research|
|Qualitative Research: Inquiry and Analysis|
|Computer Applications and Advanced Statistical Methods|
|Graduate Research Design 1|
|Survey Methods in Educational Research|
or EPR 790
|Mixed Methods Approaches in Action Research|
|III. 600+ level Coursework in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 2||18|
|IV. Research Internship 3||12|
Choose one course that fits the needs of your dissertation, with the approval of an advisor. Two examples are listed, but other courses could apply.
Selection of courses pre-approved by doctoral program advisor to build knowledge and skills in a cognate area, e.g. Health Disparities, Research, Global Health, Public Health Policy, Aging and Health, Disabilities and Health.
A written comprehensive examination is required of all candidates for the Ph.D. degree. Your preparation will include studying course content, core competencies for the profession, and related literature of the discipline. Prior to taking the exam, students must have completed their core course requirements. Students must register for a minimum of 3.0 hours of graduate work during the semester in which the comprehensive exam is taken.
The Comprehensive exam will be offered twice each year and is written and graded by the graduate faculty in the joint doctoral program. The examination will be a synthesis of the core coursework as well as core competencies in the field of Health Education and Health promotion. Grading of the comprehensive exam is done blinded, and by consensus. Students who fail to achieve passing scores will have one attempt to remediate within a calendar year. If a student fails a section for the second time, they will be dismissed from the program.