Doctor of Philosophy in Community Health

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The PhD program is designed to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in teaching, research, and service in universities, industries, and private and government agencies in the United States and in other countries.

Graduate degree candidates work with multidisciplinary faculty advisors who maintain active research programs that keep them abreast of new developments in the field—one of the advantages of getting a degree from a premier research institution like the University of Illinois. As a result, alumni are highly sought for positions of leadership within clinical, academic, corporate, and government settings.

Program Highlights:

  • Multi-disciplinary research
  • Student and faculty diversity
  • High quality faculty
  • Assistantships and tuition waivers available
  • Teaching experiences available
  • Community and outreach opportunities
  • Collegial program (welcoming and supportive)
  • Outstanding campus community (diverse, affordable, safe)


Faculty research interests cover a wide range of subjects, including health behavior, chronic disease prevention and management, health disparities, aging studies, rehabilitation and disability studies, health technology, mental health, global health, epidemiology, health policy, health education, health planning and management, biostatistical and epidemiologic research methodology, evaluation research, health administration, social support and human development, nutrition, and maternal and child health.

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