Health Behavior MSPH-to-PhD program

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Students in the MSPH-to-PhD degree track earn the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree on their way to completing the requirements to receive the PhD.
Health Behavior does not offer a terminal MSPH.

The MSPH-to-PhD track includes 71 credits of course work in three years. Other requirements of the program include:

  • A research practicum after the first academic year in the program that culminates in a publishable manuscript
  • Passage of the master’s level comprehensive examination
  • The completion of a doctoral level primary and secondary practicum
  • Passage of written and oral doctoral comprehensive exams
  • A dissertation focused on original research on a contemporary public health problem relevant to the field of health behavior

Additional information on the MSPH-to-PhD program in Health Behavior

Doctoral Program Director – Susan Ennett, PhD