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Earn your Ph.D. in a global hub of public health expertise.
What does it cost?

Check out the graduate cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

62 credit hours of coursework plus completion of a dissertation, approximately four years for full-time students

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Some classes will be online or hybrid—meaning some days you would meet in the classroom, some days online—but the entire program will not be online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Health Promotion and Behavior Concentration, Ph.D. in Public Health

Located in the heart of Atlanta, a global hub of public health expertise, the Ph.D. program at Georgia State University educates the next generation of public health leaders capable of conducting independent research in academia, governmental public health, health care organizations, and the private sector.

The Health Promotion and Behavior concentration provides Ph.D. students with the skills, knowledge and experience to conduct rigorous research on health promotion and the behavioral aspects of public health.

The program teaches students to approach public health from a social-ecological perspective, allowing them to understand the significance of health disparities and to master the theories and methods behind the determination of public health.

Students may focus on the specific public health problems of their choice to complement academic and career goals.

About the School of Public Health

Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia State’s School of Public Health provides a practice-based education in a thriving global city, creating leaders who are prepared to advance health equity and address urgent challenges.

Public Health students engage in practicum opportunities throughout greater Atlanta’s vibrant public health community in places such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local government agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

Learn more about the School of Public Health

Program Highlights

Georgia State is among the elite institutions classified as a doctoral university with very high research activity. The School of Public Health comprises two departments—Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences and Population Health Sciences—and houses several cross disciplinary centers and initiatives.

Health equity is an overriding theme of our research activity, and our areas of faculty research expertise include:

  • Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methodology
  • Cancer, Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Social Determinants
  • Environmental Health Science
  • Health Policy, Economics and Implementation Science
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Maternal and Child Health, and Aging
  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use
  • Urban and Global Health
  • Violence Prevention, Mental Health and Well-Being

In the past year alone, faculty research and outreach at Georgia State has been supported by $21 million in competitive funding from external grants.

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Career Outlook

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Career paths for holders of the Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior include:

  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Director of Clinical Research
  • Health Scientist
  • Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Senior Epidemiologist

Program Details

Admission preference will be given to students who have already earned a Master of Public Health or equivalent degree. All other students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Public Health program at Georgia State University should submit their materials through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) website. The application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the December 1 deadline.

Application materials include:

  • SOPHAS application and fee
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended
  • Three professional references
  • A statement of purpose and objectives
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for international applicants

The GRE is not a requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Use the HOW TO APPLY button below for more information on the application process.

Our curriculum prepares students to contribute new public health knowledge and develop interventions to promote health, reduce health disparities and ameliorate critical health problems at the population, societal and global level.

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Check out the graduate cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

A Ph.D. in public health prepares students with specific interests for a career in research or academia. Depending on the interest area, graduates of the Ph.D. program often teach in universities, lead research laboratories or direct research projects at the federal, state or local level.


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