The Health Behavior and Health Promotion doctoral program provides students with advanced understanding of the field and strong abilities to develop original research. Students partner with and learn from faculty who study behaviors and health choices as well as the methods used to change behaviors and individual and community levels.
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Our faculty are experts in community-placed work in urban and rural centers of the state. They work with ethnic and gender minorities in Columbus as well as those from the rural Appalachia parts of the state to prevent and intervene the unique health issues faced by the diverse populations across Ohio.
Health equity disparities and health equity
Social determinants of health
Tobacco and substance use
Cancer prevention and control
Sexual and reproductive health
Program of study
The doctoral program consists of 80 credits or 50 credits beyond a master's degree. Coursework includes foundation, advanced health behavior and health promotion and research methods courses, a related minor and dissertation. Up to 30 credits of master’s level coursework may count toward the PhD, with approval.
Ohio State offers paid research, teaching and administrative assistantships as well as competitive fellowships and other grant opportunities. Learn more about how financial support is awarded to graduate students.
Prepare your application
We have prepared a list of recommendations for you to use as you prepare your application to the PhD program. Remember, to be considered for funding, you must submit your application to SOPHAS before the December 1 priory deadline.