Human Development & Family Studies, PhD and Public Health, MPH

for the joint program of Master of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development & Family Studies


The Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies can be earned jointly with the M.P.H. In the joint program up to 12 hours of coursework may be applied to both degrees, and the degrees are conferred simultaneously at the completion of the program.

CHLH 410Public Health Practice4
CHLH 469Environmental Health4
CHLH 540Health Behavior: Theory4
CHLH 550Health Policy: United States4
CHLH 572Principles of Epidemiology4
CHLH 573Biostatistics in Public Health4
CHLH 575Chronic Disease Prevention4
CHLH 577Health Program Evaluation4
CHLH 594Special Topics (Cultural Competence and Health Promotion)4
CHLH 587MPH Applied Practice Experience4
CHLH 589MPH Integrative Learning Experience2
Area of concentration coursework from approved list (may be met by Ph.D. core courses)
Electives and seminars (may be met by Ph.D. core courses)
Ph.D. Theory Courses
HDFS 501Human Development Theories4
HDFS 521Family Theories4
HDFS 533Community In American Society4
Ph.D. Substantive Courses
Select four of the following:16
Social-Emotional Development
Advanced Adolescence
Ethnic Families
Family Interaction
Intimate Partner Violence
Family Resiliency
Parenting
Gender & Sexuality
Neighborhoods and Human Dev
Youth, Culture and Society
Ethnography Urban Communities
Gender Relations & Intl Dev
Ph.D. Quantitative Methods4
An advanced statistics course
Ph.D. Qualitative Methods8
Qualitative Methods
Professional Development2
Professional Development
HDFS 599Thesis Research0 to 16
Total Hours100

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
A concentration is required
Minimum Number of 500-level Hours Required Overall in Program: 12 (8 within M.P.H.)
Approved Masters Degree Required for Admission? No
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0