Health Behavior and Health Promotion - PhD

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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Research Expertise

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

Vaccination adoption


Sexual and reproductive health

Global health


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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.

Sample curriculum

Program competencies


Funding opportunities

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.

Graduate funding


Prepare your application

Dec. 1

Priority deadline

Feb. 1

Regular deadline

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.

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