(PHD/MPH) Coordinated PhD in Psychology (HBPY) or Sociology (HSOC) and MPH Program 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description:

This dual degree program is offered in cooperation with the UAB Departments of Psychology and Sociology; and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Department of Psychology.  This program enables students to obtain an MPH degree in Health Behavior simultaneously with a PhD in Psychology or Sociology.   This program of study prepares graduates to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies.  This dual degree program builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the HB program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.


Applicants to this program must first be admitted to the PhD program of interest.  They should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.


The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42-46 credit hours depending on the PhD concentration. Because this is a coordinated dual degree track, graduation from the MPH program is contingent on completion of all requirements for graduation from the PhD program. If a coordinated degree student drops out of the PhD program, he/she must apply for transfer to the MPH Health Behavior track and follow the requirements for that program.