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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 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 cross-­sectoral 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.

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 2017)DrPH Community Health 2017 Plan of Study PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission Previous Years)DrPH Community Health Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 11/14/2018