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Graduate Resources: Behavioral and Community Health

From advising to career services, resources are available to make the student experience as productive, supportive and enjoyable as possible.

Learn more about our Master of Public Health, Online and Doctoral degrees on their respective degree pages. 

Opportunities for Graduate Student Engagement in Research with BCH Faculty 

The document, Opportunities for Graduate Student Engagement in Research with BCH Faculty, is a living document that provides updated opportunities for graduate student engagement in faculty member's research projects. This spreadsheet includes both paid and unpaid research opportunities currently available within the department. 

PhD Resources

The goal of the doctoral program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of populations who are qualified to conduct research in order to implement programs and policies aimed at improving the public's health. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop research skills essential in making significant contributions to the scientific and professional literature in behavioral and community health. To see a list of skills doctoral students are expected to have upon graduation, review the PhD Essential Skills Table.  

The PhD program may be completed either full-time or part-time, although full-time is preferred. The majority of classes begin at 4:00 or 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. On occasion, a class will begin at 7:00 pm or will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm, but those occasions are rare. The courses offered each semester vary and to get a full listing of current course offerings, go to

All students must complete their degree in nine (9) years in accordance with the University of Maryland Graduate School policy. For an outline of required coursework and additional requirements of the program, please click on the appropriate PhD Program Guidelines below.

PhD Program Guidelines for students admitted Fall 2024

PhD Program Guidelines for students admitted Fall 2023 

PhD Program guidelines for students admitted Fall 2022

PhD Program Guidelines for students admitted Fall 2018 through Fall 2021

Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Examination must be taken within the semester the student is first eligible. Students must pass the written and oral components of the exam and complete 15 credits of Individual Research Plan credits before advancing to candidacy. The Director of Graduate Studies must have an updated and approved (signed by the student's advisor indicating the student's eligibility) program plan before taking Qualifying Examination.

Qualifying Examination Guidelines 

Qualifying Exam Results Form 

Dissertation Proposal Guidelines

All Doctoral degree students are required to complete a dissertation-HLTH 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research (12 credits). This can be done using the traditional 5 chapter model or the manuscript model. Please review manuscript option guidelines. All dissertation credits will be given an incomplete grade until the research is completed. The student should enroll under the section number of his/her dissertation advisor. No student may formally propose a dissertation topic until advanced to candidacy.

Relevant forms for students: