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Dr.P.H. in Community Health Behavior & Education


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree – Community Health Behavior and Education program concentration is to prepare students to assume leadership positions within community health programs. Equipped with a sound grounding in social and behavioral sciences theory, the graduate will be well prepared to provide leadership in a variety of community/public health programs, conduct community‐based participatory programs, seek funding through grant writing and to develop and disseminate evidence based research.

Overview and Course Requirements

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the Dr.P.H. – Community Health Behavior and Education degree program will complete a minimum of 60 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Sciences Core Courses (24 credits), Advanced Program Concentration Courses – Community Health Behavior and Education (24 credits inclusive of elective), Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 hours) and a Dissertation (9 hours). Upon completion of the Dr.P.H. – Community Health Behavior and Education students will be trained to provide leadership in Community Health Behavior and Education in a variety of public health settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Community Health Behavior and Education Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate their readiness to work with communities to address public health problems.
  2. Select and apply theoretically based interventions to address public health problems.
  3. Apply appropriate research methods to address community health problems, particularly among rural and underserved populations.

Community Health Behavior and Education Concentration

  1. Collaborate with communities using a variety of research methods including community-based participatory research to address community health problems.
  2. Identify and address social and behavioral determinants of health at multiple ecological levels.
  3. Use and evaluate a variety of logically designed, culturally competent evidence-based interventions (e.g., health communication strategies, legislative advocacy) to address public health problems.
  4. Identify and address ethical issues (i.e., issues of power and privilege) in public health practice and research.
  5. Assess current and future public health needs and mobilize the five core areas of public health to address those needs.
  6. Assess global health issues and be prepared to work with communities to address emergent public health issues.
  7. Communicate social and behavioral science principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Community Health Behavior and Education Competencies

At the completion of the Dr.P.H. degree program all Community Health students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply, and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health.  Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional,  and cross­sectoral roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Community Health Behavior and Education Concentration

  1. Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
  2. Communicate and interact with people across diverse disciplines, communities and cultures for development of programs, policies, and research.
  3. Develop collaborative partnerships with communities, policy makers, and other relevant groups.
  4. Engage communities in creating evidence-based, culturally competent programs.
  5. Understand community-based participatory intervention and research projects.
  6. Design action plans for enhancing community and population-based health.
  7. Assess cultural, environmental, and social justice influences on the health of communities.
  8. Implement culturally and linguistically appropriate programs, services, and research.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (24 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH   8130 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics 3
PUBH   8132 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PUBH   8133 Epidemiologic Methods 3
PUBH   8134 Health Economics, Policy and the Political Process 3
PUBH   8136 Theoretical Perspectives of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3
PUBH   9130 Sampling Methodology 3
PUBH   9132 Community-Based Research in Public Health 3
PUBH   9135 Public Health, Funding and Grantsmanship 3
Advanced Courses in Community Health Behavior and Education (24 Credit Hours)
CHBE   9130 Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health 3
CHBE   9230 Community-Based Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
CHBE   9235 Communication and Advocacy 3
CHBE   9331 Health Disparities and the Rural Underserved 3
CHBE   9335 Global Health and Preparedness 3
CHBE   9630 Doctoral Seminar in Community Health 3
CHBE XXXX Guided Elective 3
PUBH   9630 Public Health Doctoral Seminar 3
Doctoral Public Health Field Practicum (3 Credit Hours)
PUBH   9790 Doctoral Preceptorship in Public Health 3
Note: 300 hours of field experience under the joint direction of a public health faculty member and a qualified specialist working in the area of concentration.
Dissertation (9 Credit Hours)
PUBH   9999 Dissertation 9

Total Credit Hours


Community Health Behavior and Education Concentration Documents
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3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)

Last updated: 8/24/2015