Human Development and Family Studies

http://hdfs.illinois.edu

Head of the Department: Susan Koerner
Director of Graduate Programs: Ramona Faith Oswald
222 Bevier Hall
905 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3790
Fax: (217) 244-6144
E-mail: hdfs@aces.illinois.edu

Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Degrees offered: M.S. and Ph.D.

Joint Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies and Master of Public Health
Degrees Offered: Ph.D. and M.P.H.

Medical Scholars Program: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Development and Family Studies and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the Medical Scholars Program

Graduate Degree Programs

The Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) focuses on positive development and resilience of diverse children, youth, and families in everyday life contexts. Our doctoral concentration is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the canons of anthropology, economics, education, family studies, human development, psychology, and sociology. Further, we value qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies.

Students who enter the doctoral program without a master’s will complete one as the first part of their doctoral requirements.

Admission

Admission is based upon both academic record and the applicant's fit with faculty research programs. We examine grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE, we will accept MCAT scores for Medical Scholar applicants) scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must have an official paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 103 on the internet based test. We will not admit anyone with a GPA less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All applicants are required to submit official GRE scores (MCAT in the case of Medical Scholar applicants) and to have previous coursework in a relevant area of social or behavioral sciences. GRE, MCAT and TOEFL scores should be taken no more than two years prior to application. Our application deadline is January 15 for possible admission the following fall semester. We admit students for fall enrollment only. Please refer to our department website for further information.

Medical Scholars Program

The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Human Development and Family Studies. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine. Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees.  Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.

Graduate Teaching Experience

We do not require our students to teach but recognize the importance of teacher development for their future marketability. Thus, we make teaching assistantships available and encourage students to pursue a variety of teaching experiences as well as mentorship from experienced instructors. We also encourage our students to utilize the variety of teacher training resources that are available across campus.

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty information is available on our department website at http://hdfs.illinois.edu/directory/faculty.

Centers, Programs, and Institutes

Child Care Resource Service (http://ccrs.illinois.edu/)
Child Development Lab (www.cdl.illinois.edu)
Pampered Chef Family Resiliency Program (www.familyresiliency.illinois.edu)
Family Resiliency Center (www.familyresiliency.illinois.edu)
University of Illinois Extension (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/index.html)

Facilities and Resources

Bevier Hall
Child Development Lab
Doris Kelly Christopher Hall
Early Child Development Lab

Financial Aid

We are committed to funding all of our students who are making timely progress. The duration and amount of our commitment varies by program. Funding may include fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships. These opportunities typically include stipends and tuition waivers. In some cases, fees are also waived. All applicants are automatically considered for all department funding opportunities; there is no separate application process. Federal and state financial aid is completely separate from the support provided by our department. For information regarding federal and state financial aid, please refer to www.osfa.illinois.edu/.

Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies

Theory
HDFS 501Human Development Theories4
HDFS 521Family Theories4
HDFS 533Community In American Society4
Research Methods and Statistics12
Advanced Research Methods
Qualitative Methods
Intermed Statistical Analysis
HDFS 599Thesis Research0 to 16
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 (8 within the unit)
A doctoral student terminating our program early and without a master's thesis, must complete 36 hours rather than 32.
Minimum GPA: 2.75
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For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Program Information and the Graduate College Handbook

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development and Family Studies

The HDFS doctoral program prepares students to be researchers, educators, policy developers, or professionals who develop, evaluate, and implement programs for children, families, and communities. Those entering the doctoral program without a master's degree will complete one within their first two years in the doctoral program. Students entering with a non-thesis master's will be required to complete a "thesis equivalency" paper within the first two years of their doctoral program. Requirements for the Ph.D. include 66 graduate hours beyond the M.S. degree, completion of the written qualifying examination, defense of the written dissertation proposal, and a final thesis defense upon completion of the dissertation. Doctoral students may also complete a supporting program in "applied HDFS." This 16 graduate hour option includes 4 hours in program development or policy studies, 4 hours in program evaluation, and two 4 hour internships. The applied optional supporting program prepares students to enter careers in administration, human services, social policy, international aid agencies, and government, as well as traditional careers in teaching and research.

Theory Courses12
Human Development Theories
Family Theories
Community In American Society
Substantive Courses
Select four of the following:8-16
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
Quantitative Methods12
Advanced Research Methods
Intermed Statistical Analysis
an advanced statistics course
Qualitative Methods8
Qualitative Methods
Professional Development24
Professional Development
Thesis Research
Elective Courses (required hours depend upon content of M.S. degree)0-16
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
MS equivalent, or student will earn MS in first two years of PhD program
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 2.75
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For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Program Information and the Graduate College Handbook 

Master of Public Health and Ph.D. in Human Development and 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
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For additional details and requirements refer to the department's Graduate Program Information and the Graduate College Handbook