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Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health

The Schools of Community Health Sciences (SCHS) at UNLV and UNR are pleased to offer a collaborative doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Public Health. The collaboration between the two schools represents a unique, statewide approach to public health training and research, drawing on complementary expertise and opportunities at both universities to create a high-quality academic program that maximizes resources and flexibility. The Ph.D. in Public Health is designed to prepare students for careers in which advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required, such as university teaching, research, consulting, policy development or other high-level positions. The curriculum was developed jointly by faculty from the Schools of Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with input from representatives of academia and the public health community. The curriculum provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of topics and experiences necessary to produce graduates who are ready to secure employment in the public health arena. Students in the program are admitted to either UNLV or UNR and follow the course requirements from their home institution. Courses may be taken at either institution. A Chair from the admitting institution supervises and the dissertation but the doctoral committee may include members from either or both institutions.

The Ph.D. in Public Health at UNLV offers four areas of concentration:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Social and Behavioral Health
  • Health Care Administration and Policy

The specific goal of the program is to train exceptional researchers and professionals who will advance the field of Public Health and meet the needs of the profession and society. To achieve this goal, the program will address the learning objectives stated below as outcomes upon completion of the Ph.D.

Learning Objectives

  1. Graduates will display comprehensive understanding of major local, national, and global public health issues in their field of specialization.
  2. Graduates will display excellence in applying the theoretical and problem solving aspects of public health in their specialty area.
  3. Graduates will have conducted independent research that generates new knowledge, and is characterized by conceptual and methodological rigor.
  4. Graduates will be able to communicate knowledge and research findings to appropriate professional, scientific, policy and lay audiences and demonstrate skills in translating research into practice or health policy.
  5. Graduates will be prepared to pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.
  6. Graduate students will receive training in the ethical conduct of research.