Oct 16, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Community Psychology, M.P.H./Ph.D.


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The Department of Psychology and the School of Public Health offer a joint Master of Public Health/Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology. Students enroll in either the Health Promotion and Behavior or the Epidemiology concentrations of the MPH program in the School of Public Health and in the Community Psychology concentration of the Department of Psychology. This dual program provides an opportunity to pursue studies in public health and community psychology concurrently. The MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology enables students to earn both degrees in a shorter time than would be possible if they pursued each degree separately.

Admissions

To participate in the MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology dual degree program, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply separately for admission to the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology (Community Concentration) and the School of Public Health, but are not required to do so. Applicants may complete a single application to the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology (Community Concentration) and indicate on the application their interest in the dual degree program on their Ph.D. Community Psychology application - if admitted into the Ph.D. Community Psychology program, applicants should email their assigned Ph.D. Community Psychology advisor to ensure their interest in the dual degree program has been noted, and their application is now being considered by the other program of interest (the MPH in the School of Public Health).

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously for the same entry term/semester. This gives students the best opportunity to apply the maximum number of dual degree (having credit hours earned in one degree program satisfy some requirements of the other degree program). Still, there is some opportunity to apply and enroll in the dual degree program after admission to only one of the schools, if a student has not proceeded too far in that school’s program. If interested in pursuing a MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology, students must be admitted into both programs and enroll in the dual degree program prior to completion of 30 hours of MPH coursework or 30 hours of Ph.D. Community Psychology coursework.

Applicants must take the GRE to apply to both programs. Admission into one program does not presume admission to the other. Students who gain admission into both programs and become dual degree MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology students should self-disclose their dual degree status to their Ph.D. Community Psychology advisor and the MPH Curriculum and Advisement Coordinator immediately upon admission into their second program of study (either Ph.D. Community Psychology or MPH). A joint email from the student to both their Ph.D. Community Psychology advisor and the MPH Curriculum and Advisement Coordinator is preferred. Failure to send this notification to their advisors may result in the student having to complete both programs in their entirety and become ineligible for the dual MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology degree program opportunity.

Once admitted to the dual program students will be enrolled in both the School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences concurrently. A student cannot graduate from the Ph.D. Community Psychology and MPH programs in the same semester-a student must graduate from either program in a given semester, and then the second program in a subsequent semester. Students are expected to complete your dual degree program within six years of the initial semester of enrollment (and must complete it in no longer than 8 years). The MPH program must be completed within 6 years of initial enrollment. Students should be able to complete both degrees in five to six years.

What can a graduate do with a dual degree in public health and psychology?

  • University/College appointments in higher education in public health, psychology, or allied disciplines
  • Research, evaluation, and/or program roles in international, federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Research, evaluation, and/or program roles in public and private research and evaluation firms, foundations, and advocacy organizations
  • Variety of roles in policy and advocacy organizations
  • Independent consulting

In addition to major organizations in Public Health (e.g., American Public Health Association, APHA) and Community Psychology (Society for Community Research and Action, SCRA), several interdisciplinary professional organizations like the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), American Evaluation Association (AEA), and the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) provide links to similarly trained individuals throughout the country through conferences, training, and networking.

Degree Requirements


Degree Requirements for Dual MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology Program (98-104 for Students in MPH Health Promotion and Behavior and 101-107 hours for Students in MPH Epidemiology Concentration)

MPH HPMB Concentration- 42 Hours


16 Hours of MPH Core Courses


12 Hours of MPH HPMB Concentration Courses


9 Hours of Psychology Core/Community Psychology


(possibly satisfies MPH electives)

2 Hours of MPH Applied Practice Experience


3 Hours of MPH Thesis


Note: Students should simultaneously register for PSYC 8999 - Master’s Thesis Research  (3) to fulfill psychology thesis requirements; however, this PSYC 8999  course does not count towards the MPH thesis requirement or MPH degree program.

Note: MPH/Ph.D. dual degree students must complete PHPB 7990 - Thesis  (3): Capstones or other MPH culminating experiences are not permitted for MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology dual degree students.

MPH EPID Concentration - 42 Hours


16 Hours of MPH Core Courses


12 Hours of MPH EPID Concentration Courses and Elective


List A of EPID Concentration-Approved Elective Courses

Select at least one (1) course from the following

9 Hours of Psychology Core/Community Psychology


(possibly satisfies MPH electives)

2 Hours of MPH Applied Practice Experience


3 Hours of MPH Thesis


Note: Students should simultaneously register for PSYC 8999 - Master’s Thesis Research  (3) to fulfill psychology thesis requirements; however, this PSYC 8999  course does not count towards the MPH thesis requirement or MPH degree program.

Note: MPH/Ph.D. dual degree students must complete PHPH 7990 - Thesis  (3): Capstones or other MPH culminating experiences are not permitted for MPH/Ph.D. Community Psychology dual degree students.

Ph.D. Community Psychology-53-59 hours


For most students, depending on their unique Ph.D. program of study. Students should consult the Department of Psychology.

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