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The Gillings School doctoral degrees help students develop research and teaching skills through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities and preliminary doctoral examinations.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biostatistics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics provides advanced, research-oriented training in theory and methodology of biostatistics to prepare individuals for careers in academia, government and industry.

Doctoral of Philosophy and Medical Doctorate (PhD-MD) in Biostatistics

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biostatistics and Medicate Doctorate dual degree provides advanced, research-oriented training in theory and methodology of biostatistics to prepare individuals for careers in academia, government and industry.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology

In the Doctoral of Philosophy in Epidemiology program, students develop research and teaching skills in epidemiology through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities and preliminary doctoral examinations.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Engineering is a terminal degree intended for students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in careers in basic and applied research, education, advanced practice and management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Behavior

In the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior program, 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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Policy and Management

The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Management combines rigorous training in research methodology with substantive knowledge to provide the academic foundation and research experience to become creative and independent researchers.

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Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH) - Online

The Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership is designed for working health care professionals in the U.S. or abroad with the potential and ambition to become senior leaders, and who are committed to improving the public’s health. Students must come to campus once in the fall, spring and summer (for 3-4 days each visit).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Maternal and Child Health

The Doctoral of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health develops research scholars capable of producing and disseminating new knowledge and methods for the public health profession in the field of maternal and child health. Each doctoral student is expected to develop and demonstrate competence in at least three areas: core maternal and child health content, research methods and a chosen area of ‘specialization.’ The specialization area is topic-specific and should be related to the area chosen for the student’s dissertation research.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nutrition

In the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition program, students develop research and teaching skills in nutrition through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities and preliminary doctoral examinations to prepare them for careers in scientific research or teaching at universities, federal or state agencies, industry or private research institutions. Students may minor in other fields, such as epidemiology.