MSPH/PhD program

MPH, PhD, and MSPH/PhD students at the 2012 Public Service Awards Ceremony
Check out our new Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply to the HB Master’s-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential).


Students in the MSPH/PhD degree track earn the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree before completing the requirements to receive the PhD.

The MSPH/PhD track includes 71 credits of course work (plus electives) in three years. Other requirements of the MSPH/PhD 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 health behavior and health education

Additional information on the MSPH-PhD program in Health Behavior

Doctoral program guidelines (pdf)

MSPH/PhD quick guide (pdf)

Student profiles

Doctoral admissions FAQs

Recent dissertation abstracts

Please contact HB Student Services with any questions.

Doctoral Program Director – Susan Ennett, PhD