Doctorate in Health Education/Health Promotion

Professor-sitting-on-desk-in-front-of-bookshelvesThe PhD in Health Education / Health Promotion is a University of Alabama System degree jointly administered by three units: UAB School of Education, UAB School of Public Health, and UA College of Human Environmental Sciences. In addition to rigorous coursework and immersive practical experiences, students draw upon the expertise and resources of a diverse and highly qualified faculty. Graduates in the PhD program develop advanced training to become researchers, clinicians and faculty in higher education, government agencies and foundations.

Course work includes a core of courses in advanced research and statistical methods, social and behavioral sciences and the completion of a research internship and dissertation.

Career Options

Job titles common to Health Education occupations may include:

  • university faculty appointments
  • research and clinical positions
  • and many others

Program of Study

Coursework

The PhD program requires students to complete a minimum of 72 hours of graduate credit: 36 hours of coursework,12 hours of research internship and 24 hours of dissertation.

Research Internship

A research internship is required. The internship gives students an opportunity to engage in a meaningful research experience by working with ongoing faculty research projects. The internship may be carried out in any one of the three academic units contributing to the PhD program or with approved research projects in other academic units at UA or UAB, or with the CDC, NIH, or other governmental or private agencies.

Core Comprehensive Exams

Prior to taking the comprehensive exams, the student must have completed the Health Education/Promotion Core Courses.  Doctoral students are required to successfully complete comprehensive examinations before proposing a dissertation.

Doctoral Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and original research experience, and it requires the completion of a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation credit. Students complete credits for the dissertation after completing coursework and comprehensive exams, and being admitted to candidacy.

Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university.

The following tuition and fee information applies to UAB School of Education classes only.  Visit the UAB Tuition and Fees website for complete details on all UAB tuition and fees.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Tuition and Fees
 
Resident Charge
Non-Resident Charge
Undergraduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
$510
$908
Each additional semester hour of coursework
$295
$693
Graduate Tuition
First semester hour of coursework
$585
$1,084
Each additional semester hour of coursework
$370
$869

Additional Fees (if applicable)
Laboratory Fees
$35
On-line Course Fee
$150
Transcript Evaluation Fee
$30
Teacher Education Program (TEP) Application Fee
$30
Internship Fee
$75


Advising

An advisor will be appointed upon admission to the program and based on availability.



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Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: October 30
  • Fall Admission: April 30

Application Requirements

Candidates for admission must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution in health education or a health-related field. Admission to doctoral study is initiated through the Graduate School. Applicants will:
  1. Request official transcripts of all college coursework to send to UAB Graduate School;
  2. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from professors or others who are qualified to judge your ability to complete doctoral coursework;
  3. Complete the GRE indicating UAB as the recipient of your scores; and
  4. Submit writing sample(s), such as an essay describing your academic training, professional experiences and career goals, or scholarly papers presented during professional meetings.

Ph.D. applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00 or greater for prior college coursework and preferred GRE scores of 156 or greater for Verbal Reasoning and 156 or greater for Quantitative Reasoning. Faculty considers GRE scores as one indicator of an applicant’s potential success in the doctoral program. Admission to the program is competitive.

Application Process

  • Complete online application using Apply Yourself, the Graduate School application system.
  • Submit application fee payment
    Domestic: Application fee waived
    International: $60.00
  • Request that your references submit recommendation letters online via the Apply Yourself system.
    Note: Electronic submission is the preferred method. If your references prefer to mail a recommendation letter, it should be mailed to the Health Education program:

    UAB School of Education
    Department of Human Studies
    Health Education Program
    207 Education Building; 901 13th Street South
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1250

  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the Health Education program:
    UAB School of Education
    Department of Human Studies
    Health Education Program
    207 Education Building; 901 13th Street South
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1250
  • Request one (1) official transcript to be mailed by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School:
    UAB Graduate School
    511 HUC; 1400 University Blvd.
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
  • Submit official GRE or MAT test score
    GRE Institution code: 1856
  • Submit official TOEFL test score (for international applicants only):
    Institution code: 1856
  • Mail Financial Affidavit of Support (for international applicants only) to:
    UAB Graduate School
    511 HUC; 1400 University Blvd.
    1530 3rd Avenue South
    Birmingham, AL 35294-1150