All PhD students must master all competencies prior to graduating. Competency assessment will take place while students are taking courses, taking the qualifying examination and while working on the dissertation. See the BCH PhD competency list to better understand the program competencies. In addition to the MPH competencies, all PhD students in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health will master these competencies:

  • Analyze and refine existing health behavior theory.
  • Use appropriate theory to describe, explain, predict, and/or change a particular health problem within a given population and context.
  • Identify causes of the social and behavioral factors that affect the health of individuals and populations.
  • Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.
  • Be conversant about current health behavior theories and theory-based research.
  • Conduct univariate and multivariate data analysis including statistical comparisons and predictions.
  • Conduct advanced statistical analyses including longitudinal, multilevel and survival data.
  • Create reliable and valid measurement tools.
  • Apply the steps involved in examining a conceptual model.
  • Assess limitations of the internal and external validity of research.
  • Critically appraise reports of research and evaluation.
  • Identify sources and processes for research funding.
  • Develop expertise in an area of independent research interest.
  • Present clear, engaging, and informative oral research reports.
  • Apply the steps involved in independent research.