Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Medicine

Social and Behavioral Health, PhD


PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Social and Behavioral Health in the School of Medicine offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The program will equip students with an understanding of health as the intersection of structural, cultural, social, behavioral and biological factors. Graduates of the SBH doctoral program will have strong methodological and theoretical skills that will prepare them to make important contributions to the field of public health. A minimum of 49 post-master's credit hours is required for the doctoral degree which is expected to involve 4 years of full-time study. Requirements include 12 hours of required courses in research methods, 9 hours of required courses in the behavioral and social sciences, 4 hours of departmental seminar and at least 6 hours of elective courses that reflect a student’s research interests. In addition, required research experience will include 9 hours of applied research practicum and 9 hours of dissertation credits.


Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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