Academic Programs

PhD in Prevention Science and Community Health

The PhD in Prevention Science and Community Health will prepare you with the necessary expertise and interdisciplinary background to contribute to 21st century prevention and community health research. Students will be trained in both traditional and innovative areas of prevention science. These include etiology, intervention design and evaluation, innovative data collection and analyses, community-based participatory research, and implementation science.

Our faculty are experts in cultural diversity and health disparities. They are focused on acculturation; cultural predictors of health disparities; and efficacious methods, strategies, and programs for reducing health disparities locally, nationally, and internationally. The research of the faculty span multiple disease outcomes and populations. Outcomes include substance use, HIV, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and depression. Populations of interest include Hispanic families, Haitian American women, men who have sex with men, and male couples.

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Total duration is expected to be 4-5 years.

Year One, Fall
Introduction to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (3 cr)
Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology I (3 cr)
Professional Development Seminar Series (1 cr)
Integrating Behavioral Health Theories and Models into Prevention Science (3 cr)
Research Methods (3 cr)

Year One, Spring
Determinants of Health and Health Disparities Across the Life Course (3 cr)
Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology II (3 cr)
Professional Development Seminar Series (1 cr)
Community Well-Being and Change: Theory and Practice (3 cr)
Advanced Community Based Participatory Research (3 cr)

Year One, Summer Semester
Clinical Trials (3 cr)

Year Two, Fall
Qualitative Methods (3 cr)
Structural Equation Modeling (3 cr) OR An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
Designing and Adapting Preventive Interventions (3 cr)
Professional Development Seminar Series (1 cr)
Health Equity (3 cr)

Year Two, Spring
Structural Equation Models (SEM) (intermediate)
Implementation Science Theories and Methods (3 cr)
Professional Development Seminar Series (1 cr)
Elective (3 cr)
Elective (3 cr)

Year Two, Summer
Elective (3 cr)

Qualifying Exam takes place during the summer of Year 2.

Year Three and Forward
Doctoral Dissertation (pre-candidacy) or Doctoral Dissertation (post-candidacy)
Innovations in Prevention Science Methodology (1 cr)

PhD Financial Support

Students who are admitted to the PhD in Prevention Science and Community Health and who are in good academic standing are supported financially through their graduate studies. Support includes:

•Fully paid tuition
•An annual stipend of $28,000
•80% of the University of Miami student health insurance premium for a single person

In addition, all full time doctoral students are eligible to receive graduate assistantships and fellowships throughout their graduate studies. Additionally, during the first year, students will receive a fellowship designed to free them up from employment responsibilities and to enable them to focus on their research.

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