PhD in Health Promotion & Education


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion and Education is a four to five year degree that requires both a competence in independent research and a broad understanding of the core competencies in health education. The coursework is designed to provide the knowledge and skills in which each health educator should be competent. It also offers students the flexibility to develop their own area of expertise. In addition to coursework, students must complete a dissertation on a topic in their chosen area of specialization.

The Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation generally accepts two types of students:

  1. has a comprehensive knowledge of the current field of Health Promotion and Education practice and research, often with master’s degrees in Health Promotion and Education, Public Health, or related field
  2. has a limited Health Promotion and Education background, but with substantial experience in other related fields of expertise that will apply to the current applied practice and research within the field