PhD in Health Promotion and Prevention Research Program Competencies

Students Beginning Program Spring 2021 to Present

  • Build a community-based public health program upon relevant theory and evidence and incorporate the social-ecological model.
  • Design methodologically sound mixed methods research to promote health or prevent disease.
  • Critically appraise theory-based and evidence-based interventions designed to promote health and/or prevent disease.
  • Create and defend in an oral presentation an original research question, significance and methods for original health promotion and prevention research.
  • Evaluate the relative strengths and limitations of major theories and concepts that are utilized in behavioral approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.

Students Beginning Program Spring 2012 to Fall 2020

  • Apply knowledge of major risk factors for morbidity and mortality to analyze causal influences and health disparities in specific population segments.
  • Appraise key issues associated with racial/ethnic health disparities as they pertain to the design of studies examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and dissemination of culturally appropriate interventions to address these disparities.
  • Appraise knowledge of gaps in health promotion and prevention research and formulate focused research questions to address these gaps.
  • Coordinate and/or integrate input provided by interdisciplinary teams.
  • Design and conduct methodologically sound research testing the efficacy and/or effectiveness of theory-based and evidence-based interventions to promote health and/or prevent disease.
  • Design and implement health promotion and prevention research that incorporates knowledge or pertinent cultural, social, behavioral, and biological factors at multiple levels of the ecological model.
  • Design procedures to assure the protection of human subjects and ethical conduct of research.
  • Develop and implement theory-based and evidence-based interventions designed to promote health and/or prevent disease.
  • Effectively summarize research methods and interpret findings in oral and written communication for diverse scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Examine the relative strength and limitations of major theories and concepts that are utilized in educational and behavioral approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Review, critique, and prepare grant applications in accordance with guidelines for peer review established by relevant government agencies and private foundations.