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Community Health

Examine public health issues. Create innovative solutions. Build stronger communities. Learn about health and rehabilitation services, and become an agent of change.

Community Health Ph.D.

The Community Health Ph.D. prepares students for academic and research careers that will enable them to find solutions to the health-related problems facing our society today and into the future.

The Community Health Ph.D. at Illinois offers students the opportunity to focus their studies in six major areas of concentration, allowing them to do work that is important to them. This program trains future community health researchers and practitioners as they address some of our greatest challenges.

Community Health PhD-MD

This is a seven-year program in cooperation with the Medical Scholars Program. Contact Julie Jenkins or Dr. Steven Petruzzello (contact information below) for more information.

Areas of Research

Areas of Research Examples of study topics
Health Promotion and Behavioral Intervention Health behavior, physical activity, nutrition, physical and mental health, perinatal woman health, healthy aging
Health Disparity Global health, immigrant health, minority health, rural communities
Health Technology from Design to Implementation Human factors, technology use in diverse populations and in the context of daily life, implications of technology use for health across the life span
Rehabilitation, Disability and Chronic Illness Wellness, quality of life, psychosocial adjustment, transition, and social participation
Applied Health Data Analytics Analysis of electronic health records (EHR), operational data, spatially and temporally organized data, dyadic data, etc.
 

Admissions Requirements

  • Approved Master’s Degree
  • 3.50 GPA
  • Official results of the aptitude portions of the Graduate Record Examination with a score of 152 on both verbal and quantitative. Scores cannot be more than 5 years old.
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • On the TOEFL part: International students must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, with a minimum for full status admission: greater than 102 (IBT), greater than 253 (CBT), greater than 610 (PBT), or greater than 7.0 (IELTS). Scores cannot be more than 2 years old.
  • Students for whom English is not their native language and who wish to be considered for a teaching assistantship must achieve a score on the speaking sub-section of 24 (IBT) or 8 (IELTS)

Admission Deadlines

Students may apply to either the M.S. or the Ph.D. program. Applications for Fall admission are due on January 15. Applications for Spring semester are due on October 1.

Curriculum

Curriculum

For more information about degree requirements talk to your advisor or review the academic catalog.

Code Course
Advanced Research Methods/Statistics

Hours: 4

CHLH 565
CHLH 565 Teaching in the Professorate

Hours: 4

CHLH 591
CHLH 591 Seminar

Hours: 8

Specialization Courses

Hours: 8

Additional Research Methods/Statistics

Hours: 8

CHLH 599
CHLH 599 Thesis Research

Hours: 32

Total Hours: 64

Other Requirements (may overlap)

  • Final exam/dissertation defense
  • Dissertation deposit
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 

English Proficiency Test: TOEFL

English Proficiency Test: TOEFL
English Proficiency Test Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required* Minimum for Full Status Admission**
TOEFL iBT 79-102 greater than 102
TOEFL CBT 213-253 greater than 253
TOEFL PBT 550-610 greater than 610
IELTS (academic exam) 6.5-7.0 greater than 7.0

If students want to be considered for a teaching assistantship, they must have at least 24 on the speaking part of the TOEFL.

If you are an international student, information about a VISA can be found here.

Apply Now

Follow the link below to follow begin your application.
 

Request more information

Julie Jenkins
Office Administrator
jjenkns@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 333-1083

Dr. Steven Petruzzello
Associate Head for Graduate Studies
petruzze@illinois.edu