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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Major, PhD - Health Behavior and Health Education Concentration


Applicants will be evaluated for admission based on the following criteria:

A GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on master’s degree coursework, as evidenced by official transcripts.

  • A minimum of 40th percentile on all sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); 4.5 on the analytic portion of GRE and, for international students, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • Appropriate academic background and professional and volunteer experience, as evidenced on a curriculum vitae.

  • Three letters of reference completed within the past 12 months by faculty members, academic advisors, or employers or professional colleagues. At least two letters must be from persons able to assess academic capacity.

  • Ability to express complex concepts and ideas in writing as evidenced in a 600-word essay.

  • Demonstrated skill in a professional, research or academic writing sample.
  • Ability to clearly articulate a defined research agenda upon interview.

An online application must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission forms are available at and

The Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) concentration integrates the behavioral and natural sciences with public health, through a focus on community health – including community health education and health promotion - to prepare scholars with an interest in improving the health of the nation.


Hours Credit

1 Research and Foundations 20
2 Health Behavior and Health Education Major 29
3 Electives 5
4 Cognate 6
Dissertation (Public Health 600) 24
Total Hours 84

1 PUBH 509  (2 semesters) PUBH 510 , PUBH 520 , PUBH 530 , PUBH 540 , PUBH 555 , and PUBH 537  or equivalent courses if taken outside of the University of Tennessee, approved by the Department Head.
2 PUBH 550 , PUBH 536 , PUBH 552 , PUBH 636 , PUBH 637 , PUBH 656 , PUBH 609  (4 semesters); STAT 531  and STAT 532  OR STAT 537  and STAT 538 .
3 Must have prior approval of Dissertation Committee Chair
4 Courses must be approved by cognate professor outside the department.

NOTE: To meet program requirements, students must select courses in consultation with a program advisor. Program totals are minimums and some students may be required to complete additional coursework to overcome background deficiencies or to increase skill in an area of identified specialization.