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DrPH in Community Health Behavior & Education


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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 DrPH – 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 DrPH – 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

Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Community Health Behavior and Education Competencies

At the completion of the DrPH degree program all Community Health students will be able to:

Community Health Behavior and Education Concentration

  1. Analyze theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines in public health research and practice.
  2. Develop collaborative partnerships with communities, stakeholders, policy makers, and other relevant groups.
  3. Assess and argue cultural, environmental, and social justice influences on the health of communities.
  4. Adapt evidence-based public health programs and research to address geographic disparities.
  5. Facilitate debate and discussion, with diverse groups in and outside of the traditional classroom setting that ensure inclusion of ideas and resolution of challenges.

Course Requirements

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.

Community Health Behavior and Education Concentration Documents

3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission 2019)DrPH Community Health Plan of Study PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (previous academic years)DrPH Community Health 2017 Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 3/28/2019