HB: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
HB: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Overview of HB Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Program Focus

Students are trained to lead research that will advance understanding of health-related behaviors and their determinants at all social levels as they contribute to critical public health problems. Doctoral students gain skills and knowledge in the empirical, conceptual and theoretical foundations of the field, research methods, intervention development and evaluation, and professional development topics. Graduates apply their training to research focused on domestic and global public health problems.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
46
Includes any required electives, but no dissertation credit hours.
Expected Duration:
5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
December 1, 2014
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 2:
December 16, 2014
Deadlines vary - see "Application Details" for more information

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Persons planning a career as public health researchers in the discipline of health behavior.
Applications Received:
~100
Applicants Admitted:
~20
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 86% / 14% female to male
  • 43% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 4% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~50
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 11-19

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~11,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$27,500 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • 79% of students received some tuition support.
  • 32% of students received some loans.
  • 26% of students received non-service awards.
  • 77% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Graduate-level degree (master's)
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
On average, incoming students had 84th percentile verbal and 70th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Student/faculty match determined (by department) at time of application review.
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Yes
Preference is given to applicants with independent research experience.
Visit Opportunities:

There is at least one open-house event in the spring for both admitted applicants and applicants awaiting an admissions decision.

During the Program

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written exam to be completed the summer after 4th semester
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Dissertation
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
400-hour primary and 200-hour secondary doctoral practicum (
  • HBEH 842 Primary Practicum for Doctoral Students
  • HBEH 843 Secondary Practicum for Doctoral Students
).
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School's courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Professor in colleges and universities; senior research scientist at research houses
Example Job Responsibilities:
Lead behavioral and social science research efforts focused on public health problems, including obesity reduction and prevention, injury prevention, women's health, health disparities.
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

HB Admissions