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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Population, Family and Reproductive Health is designed for students whose career goals are focused on conducting publishable, independent and original research. Students are not required to have professional public health experience, but most enter the program with some prior public health experience. The emphasis of the PhD program in PFRH is to train individuals to apply a social science prospective along with a broad range of research methods to issues related to the Department's primary focal areas. Details regarding the focal areas can be found in the degree handbook.  The department's current focal areas include:

In addition, the department has a few emerging focal areas, including Family Health and Urban Health.

Graduates of the program use their acquired substantive and methodological skills in a wide range of work settings, including institutions and organizations for teaching and research, to shape population, family and reproductive health.

Components of the PhD program include a set of core departmental courses that provide a common theoretical foundation for the work of the entire department including: biological/developmental, demographic and social science foundations. PhD students in Population, Family and Reproductive Health will also complete a core set of courses determined by the area of study they have selected as well as a set of research courses in one of the following areas: behavioral/social sciences, demography, epidemiology, health economics or health services research and evaluation. All PhD students are required to complete a set of research apprenticeship activities with one or more faculty members. The goal of this requirement is to ensure that PhD students have a structured opportunity to master a specific set of research inspired competencies outside a conventional classroom setting.