The doctoral program provides a common core education addressing issues of social and behavioral sciences while developing students’ expertise in one of the Department’s three areas of interest (human development, planned social change, and the social determinants of health). Students must select an academic focus in one of these areas. Students in the doctoral program must successfully complete:
- 120 total credits (80 credits formal coursework, 40 research credits)
- Written qualifying exam
- Oral exam
- Dissertation defense
Successful candidates to the SD program normally enter with: a master’s degree or non-U.S. equivalent, 2+ years public health related work experience and a strong foundation in the social, behavioral, clinical, public health, or natural sciences and with a master’s degree in a social science (such as sociology, psychology, economics, political science, public policy, and anthropology); clinical health (such as nursing and social work); public health (such as epidemiology and health education); or natural sciences (such as biology, physiology, and neurosciences). The department may accept a small number of students without a master’s degree who have significant relevant work experience.