The department offers a joint Ph.D./M.P.H. degree in collaboration with the Master of Public Health program in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU Medical Center. The degree incorporates efficiencies in the elective and research requirements of both departments. This is the first degree in the nation to combine an M.P.H. with the strengths of advanced study in applied behavioral science. Faculty and student research teams address issues in community health and development, child and youth health and development, disabilities and independent living, and healthy aging. Separate admission is required to both the Ph.D. program of the Department of Applied Behavioral Science and M.P.H. program of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Joint Ph.D. M.P.H. Degree

Department  of Applied  Behavioral Science and Department  of Preventive Medicine

Offered by the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (Lawrence) and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (KU Medical Center, Kansas City and Wichita). This joint program is the first in the nation to combine the strengths of advanced study in applied behavioral science with a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree. It results from a unique collaboration between two units: the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, offering a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology; and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, with its M.P.H. program.

Coursework

Requirements for the Joint Ph.D./M.P.H. Degree (*may count toward both degrees) M.P.H. Degree Requirements: 42 credit hours

Required Courses (19 hours) (15)
PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
PRVM 818Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health3
PRVM 827Public Health Administration3
PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
BIOS 714Fundamentals of Biostatistics I3
or BIOS 704 Principles of Statistics in Public Health
Elective Courses (17 credit hours; may include required or recommended courses)
ABSC 710Community Health and Development3
ABSC 735Within Subjects Research Methodology and Direct Observation3
ABSC 807Design and Evaluation of Community Health Promotion Methods1-6
ABSC 861Principles of Behavior Analysis3
ABSC 875Practicum in Community Health Promotion1-6
ABSC 876Practicum in Community Development1-6