SBS PhD Curriculum

The SBS doctoral program is a 54 semester hour degree program, with 45 hours of graduate coursework beyond the master's degree, and 9 hours of PUBH 9000 for dissertation. Students are required to take 12 credit hours of SBS core courses, 3 credit hours of doctoral seminar, 12 credit hours of research methods courses, 6 credit hours of biostatistics, 12 credit hours of elective courses, and 9 credit hours of dissertation.

social and behavioral sciences core (12 credit hours)

PUBH 8130 Social Determinants of Health
PUBH 8132 Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 8340 Behavioral Intervention Development
PUBH 8161 Health Behavior Theories

Doctoral Seminar core (3 credit hours)

PUBH 8901 Professional Development in Public Health

research methods core (12 credit hours)

Quantitative Methods Course (3 credit hours) – Select one
PUBH 8604 Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PSYC 8301 Research Design and Methods

Quantitative Elective Courses (6 credit hours) – Select two
PUBH 8104 Large Data Sets in Public Health Research
PUBH 8141 Epidemiologic Survey Methods
PUBH 8172 Epidemiology in Public Health II
PUBH 8174 Epidemiology in Public Health III
PUBH 8450 Randomized Clinical Trials

Qualitative Courses (3 credit hours) – Select one
PUBH 8334 Methods in Community Based Participatory Research
PUBH 8347 Qualitative Methods in Health Research

biostatistics core (6 credit hours)

Biostatistics II (3 credit hours)
PUBH 8152 Biostatistical Methods II

Additional Biostatistics Courses (3 credit hours) – select one
PSYC 8302 Advanced Statistics
PUBH 8104 Large Data Sets in Public Health Research
PSYC 8304 Measurement Theory and Psychometrics
PSYC 8305 Quantitative Methods of Review in Research
PUBH 8306 Linear Structural Modeling
PUBH 8308 Applied Multivariate Statistics
PUBH 8310 Mixed Model Regression Analysis
PUBH 8311 Applied Categorical Data Analysis

Elective Courses (12 credit hours)

Public Health Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
PUBH 8800 Guided Research in Public Health (max 3 hours)
PUBH 8140 Epidemiology of Chronic Disease
PUBH 8333 Addictive Behaviors
PUBH 8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities
PUBH 8336 Women's Health
PUBH 8337 Eating Behaviors, Nutrition and the Family
PUBH 8338 Critical Issues in Global Health
PUBH 8341 Physical Activity and Public Health
PUBH 8342 Epidemiology of Minority and Ethnic Populations
PUBH 8343 Tobacco Use: Causes, Consequences, and Control
PUBH 8345 Health Literacy
PUBH 8346 Public Mental Health
PUBH 8400 Special Problems
PUBH 8447 Public Health Genomics

Other Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
COMM 8016 Health Communication Campaigns
EDPR 8109 Infant Development
EDPR 8110 Early Childhood Development
EDPR 8165 Social Development in Children
ESCI 8613 GIS and Human Health
NUTR 8602 Community Nutrition
NUTR 8212 Applied Nutrition for Health
NUTR 8204 Life Span Nutrition
PSYC 8207 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 8217 Social Psychology
PSYC 8416 Child Psychopathology
PSYC 8506 Grant Writing
SOCI 8851 Medical Sociology

dissertation (9 credit hours at the university of Memphis)

PUBH 9000 Doctoral Dissertation

Students are required to fulfill prerequisite courses: PUBH 8150 Biostatistical Methods I, PUBH 8160 Social and Behavioral Science Principles, and PUBH 8170 Epidemiology in Public Health I, or document their equivalent. Credit hours for these prerequisite courses will not count toward the 54 hours required for graduation.

In addition to completion of the 54 semester hours of required coursework, program requirements include successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examinations (once 36 hours are in progress or completed and enrolled for at least 6 credit hours), and the preparation and successful defense of a dissertation in accordance with the University of Memphis Graduate School policies and guidelines.

Questions about the SBS PhD Program curriculum and degree requirements:

Satish Kedia, PhD, Professor and Coordinator
Social and Behavioral Sciences Doctoral Program