Health Education/Health Promotion (Ph.D.)

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*The program leading to the Ph.D. in Health Education/Health Promotion is offered jointly by the UAB School of Education (SOE), UAB School of Public Health (SOPH), and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science (UA). Program emphasis varies by school.

Degree Offered:

Ph.D.*

Director (School of Public Health,
Department of Health Behavior):

Dr. Connie Kohler

Phone:

(205) 934-6020

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Web site:

www.soph.uab.edu/hb

 

 

Degree Offered:

Ph.D.*

Director (School of Education,
Department of Health Education):

Dr. Brian Geiger

Phone:

(205) 975-5388

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Web site:

https://www.uab.edu/education/humanstudies/

 

 

Degree Offered:

Ph.D.*

Director (College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science):

Dr. Stuart Usdan

Phone:

(205) 348-8373

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Web site:

http://www.ches.ua.edu/

Health Behavior Faculty

JeeWon Cheong, Assistant Professor

David Coombs, Associate Professor Emeritus

Susan Davies, Associate Professor

Kevin Fontaine, Professor

Frank A. Franklin, Professor Emeritus

Melissa Galvin, Professor

Peter Hendricks, Assistant Professor

Connie Kohler, Professor

Robin Gaines Lanzi, Associate Professor

Terri Lewis, Assistant Professor

Wynne E. Norton, Assistant Professor

Dori Pekmezi, Assistant Professor

Martinique Perkins, Assistant Professor

Kerstin Schroder, Associate Professor

Cathy Simpson, Associate Professor

Jalie Tucker, Professor  & Chair

Application Information

Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:

February 1 to begin program in Fall semester of same year.

Number of Letters of Recommendation Required:

Three 

Entrance Tests

GRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is  not English.)

Comments

For additional information please contact Ms. Julie Brown, M.S ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , phone 205-975-8075, fax 205-934-9325).

For more information, contact:

Health Education/Health Promotion Graduate Program Director (Public Health): Connie Kohler, Dr.P.H., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Education/Health Promotion Graduate Program Director (Education): Brian Geiger, Ph.D., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Health Education/Health Promotion Graduate Program Director (Health Science): Stuart Usdan, PhD., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Health Education and Health Promotion (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program has been designed to provide students with the academic and practical experience to become leading researchers and practitioners in health education and health promotion. The program combines the resources of academic units from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (School of Education and School of Public Health) and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa--College of Human Environmental Sciences).

Admission to Ph.D. program in the SOPH Department of Health Behavior

Student applications are reviewed by the faculty in the Department of Health Behavior.  Applicants should meet the admissions requirements of the graduate school, including submission of scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Admission to the program is competitive. Evidence of scholarship, a clear statement of career goals and research interest, professional recommendations, and professional experience are among the factors receiving strong consideration. Candidates for admission must have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution in public health, health education or a related field.

Program of Study

The credit hour requirement for the Ph.D. degree through the School of Public Health is a minimum of 67 credit hours: 43 hours of coursework, 12 hours of research internship and 12 hours of dissertation research.

Students may be required to complete prerequisites as part of their planned course of study. A review of student credentials prior to admission will identify strengths and needs. This review will be conducted by the student’s advisor and will provide them with a blueprint for their course of study.

The specific components of the Ph.D. program in Health Education and Health Promotion are outlined below.

 I. Health Education and Promotion Courses

 

A. Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Bases of Health Education

and Health Promotion (HB 750)

3 hrs

B. Doctoral Studies Seminar I (HB 771)

1 hr

C. Health Communications Research (HB 730)

3 hrs

D. Doctoral Studies Seminar II (HB 772)

1 hr

E. Planning and Administration of Health Education and

Health Promotion (HB 760)

3 hrs

 

 

 

 

F. Doctoral Studies Seminar III (HB 773)

1 hr

 

12 hrs

II. Advanced Research and Statistical Methods

A. Advanced Epidemiological Research Methods (EPI 610)

4 hrs

B. Intermediate Statistical Analysis I/ Statistical Methods (BST 611/EPR609)

3 hrs

C. Intermediate Statistical Analysis II/ Statistical Methods and
Research in Education: Intermediate (BST 612/EPR710)

3 hrs

D. Data Collection & Management / (BST 619/

3 hrs

E  Advanced Health Program Evaluation (HB 740)

3hrs

 

16 hrs

III. Program Evaluation/Research Methods/Statistics Electives

6 hrs

 

 

IV. Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives

9 hrs

 

 

V. Research Internship (HB 798)

12 hrs

 

 

VI. Dissertation Research (HB 799)

12 hrs

Total:

67 hrs

Course Descriptions

Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.

Health Behavior (HB)

HB 602. Alcohol and Drug Abuse.  History and theory of human substance use and abuse.  Empirical foundations of alcohol and drug abuse, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 605.  Physical Activity and Health.   This seminar course is an introduction to research and practice related to physical activity promotion from a public health perspective and will describe health benefits, epidemiological data, national recommendations and plans, and global initiatives related to physical activity.  Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours. (Pekmezi).

HB 609. African-American Health Issues.  This is an intermediate-level course that focuses on: epidemiological data illustrating the health risks experienced by African-Americans; sociocultural factors essential for understanding and enhancing the health of African-Americans; effective health-related prevention programs for African-Americans. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Perkins)

HB 611. Mental Illness as a Public Health Issue.  This course is designed to increase knowledge of mental illness at the individual, community, and population levels.  It also covers historical and contemporary models and research on the etiology, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and prevention of mental and other behavioral health disorders. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 624. Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science.  Advanced review of selected behavioral science concepts and theories useful for developing health promotion programs; social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model of change are examined in depth.  This course may be required for some MPH students. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours. (Schroder)

HB 625. Dissemination and Implementation in Health.   The course will offer an introduction to dissemination and implementation science, an interdisciplinary field focused on improving the transition of evidence-based health practices, programs, and interventions from research studies into “real-world” settings. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours. (Norton)

HB 630. Health Communications: Theory and Practice.  This course is designed to investigate the role of communication theories and methods in promoting public health and preventing disease.  Both theoretical background in communication and behavioral science and practical communication/intervention development methods are addressed. Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisite: HB 624. 3 hours. (Kohler)

HB 635. Communities, Families and Health.  This course is designed for graduate students in public health and related fields interested in working with families and communities to improve health outcomes.  It is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of the structural and psychosocial factors related to health and well-being.  To do so, the course will focus on theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective and examine how factors associated with families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities influence health.  Emphasis will also be placed on the relevance of individual and community assets for the science of Health Behavior and the broader public health arena.  Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Davies/Perkins)

HB 638Q.Public Health Promotion and Aging Seminar.  Exploration of current problems of the elderly, introduction to broad principles of health promotion for the elderly and review model health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. Course offered on-line. 3 hours. (Galvin)

HB 641. Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences.  Review of research methodology in behavioral sciences.  Formulation of research questions, causality, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, reliability and validity, reporting findings. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Lewis/Norton)

HB 643. Health Program Evaluation.  Principles and procedures to evaluate health promotion/disease prevention programs: data collection methods, instrument-scale development, measurement, evaluation designs and analysis of case studies of disease prevention literature on evaluation. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 641. 3 hours. (Davies)

HB 660. Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Perspective.  Designed to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing the health and well-being of adolescents. Theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective will provide a better understanding of how families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods influence risk and protective factors in youth. Emphasis will be placed on the relevance of adolescent health issues for the science of Health Behavior and the broader public health arena. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Lanzi)

HB 665. Family Violence & Victimization.  This course will focus on multi-disciplinary theoretical frameworks to explain family violence and subsequent effects on child/youth/young adult functioning including behavioral, social, and physical and mental health consequences. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Lewis)

HB 692. Principles and Practices of Community Organization.  Seminar designed as an integrative experience for persons working with community groups.  The focus is on learning to use available resources and advocating change to maximize community involvement.  Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. 3 hours. (Galvin)

HB 701. Theory-Based Measurement Development.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to measurement development based on well-specified behavioral theories.  This course will review and discuss key issues related to measurement development such as item/scale development, number of factors to retain, rotation options and statistical programs. Prerequisite: Requires knowledge of elementary probability and statistics for non-statistics majors and BST 611Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Hendricks)

HB 720. Neighborhood Influences on Health Behavior.   To expose students to classical and current theories of neighborhoods and their affects on development and behavior in such a way that they will develop an appreciation for the importance of neighborhood context and its impact on development and behavior and the ability to critically evaluate studies of  neighborhoods and neighborhood context, and the conceptual tools to be able to incorporate neighborhood (and other) contextual effects into their own research. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours

HB 730. Health Communication Research.  This course is designed to investigate the role of communication theories and research methods in promoting public health and preventing disease.  Theoretical background in communication and behavioral science, research methods appropriate for mass media campaigns and practical communication/intervention development methods will be addressed. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours (Kohler)

HB 740. Advanced Program Evaluation.  Advanced review of evaluation theories, approaches, and methods for assessing the plans, implementation, and effectiveness of health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 643 or other master's level evaluation course and a graduate level multiple regression or multivariate statistics course. 3 hours. (Davies)

HB 750. Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Basis of Health Education and Promotion.  Provides doctoral students with in-depth examination of history and philosophy of health education; reviews professional competencies and outlines major theories of behavior change. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Turner) 

HB 760. Planning and Administration of Health Education and Promotion Programs. The purpose of this course is to teach and practice the three basic phases of comprehensive health education and promotion programs (planning, implementation and evaluation). Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Geiger)

HB 771.  Doctoral Studies Seminar I.  This course is the first of a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes.  This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals.  Course will be graded by letter.  1 hour (Usdan).

HB 772.  Doctoral Studies Seminar II.  This course is the second in a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes.  This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals.  Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisite HB 771. 1 hour (Usdan).

HB 773. Doctoral Studies Seminar III.  This course is the third of a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes.  This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals.   Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisites HB 771 & 772. 1 hour (Usdan).

HB 798. Doctoral Directed Research. Independent study with guidance of senior public health faculty. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours

HB 799. Dissertation Research. Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee.  Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite:  Students must be admitted to candidacy in order to register for this class.1 - 9 hours.