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Department of Health Behavior and Policy
With two Ph.D. programs, the Department of Health Behavior and Policy is proud to provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary learning environment for the next generation of scholars.
More than just classroom learning.
With its diverse patient population and proximity to state legislators, there’s no better place to study and research than right here in Richmond. Our curriculum goes beyond the textbook, with opportunities to engage with the community, collaborate with experts across multiple disciplines and learn alongside our accomplished faculty mentors.
For students who aim to make meaningful contributions to public health, the Department of Health Behavior and Policy offers two Ph.D. programs.
Our faculty are dedicated to helping students discover and claim their areas of expertise, and both doctoral programs within the department offer the following:
In preparation for research positions in academia, government and the private sector, this program trains students to use economic and statistical frameworks and methods to address important health policy issues.
This program equips students with an understanding of health as the intersection of structural, cultural, social, behavioral and biological factors, preparing them to become scientists, educators and program administrators across a broad spectrum of health care settings.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this two-year program through the Massey Cancer Center is for early-career individuals in the social sciences (psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology), public health, biostatistics and those who have completed clinical training in medicine or nursing.