Ph.D. Level Career Information:

The purpose of the doctoral program in Behavioral and Community Health is to prepare behavioral and community health researchers of the highest quality. 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. The goal of the program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of the nation and qualified to conduct research that will result in setting the public health agenda for the future.

With a doctoral degree, you could:

  • Conduct research on the effectiveness of various community based intervention trials
  • Write research grants, articles and books
  • Develop new theories
  • Consult on research or evaluation projects
  • Mentor new scientists as a professor at a research university
  • Work with a research center as a research project coordinator
  • Collaborate with other experts to help understand health issues and the best way to approach them

This information is adapted from

For more information see Public Health Online.  

Doctoral Level Sample Positions:

Estimated salary starting range $70,000-$80,000 (the starting range can vary depending on the where the graduate finds a job.  Graduates in the MD/DC/VA area can expect a higher starting salary)

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist at a research university
  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor at a research university
  • Research Scientist within a mental health institute at a research university
  • Senior Research Associate at a Research Consulting Firm