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Education: Learning by Doing

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.  

Ph.D. Programs

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:

  • A core curriculum in research methods and statistics
  • A broad selection of interdisciplinary electives
  • Dedicated mentored research experiences
  • Professional development seminars
  • Access to VCU Heatlh research institutes and centers
  • Stipend and tuition defrayment for up to four years
  • Opportunities for financial support covering dissertation expenses
  • Small class sizes
  • Emphasis on applied research

M.D.-Ph.D. Dual Degree Program

VCU trains physician-scientists to improve human health through a combined program that blends medicine and science throughout the entire curriculum.Discover the program

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