The purpose of the PhD program in Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences is to train experts who will advance the field of social, behavioral, and population sciences through research, development and application of theory, and teaching. The PhD is a highly specialized training program, integrating theory and research in a focused substantive area of global importance. Graduates will have in-depth expertise necessary for a research career, and are expected to develop careers in universities, medical schools, and other higher institutions of learning as faculty members or in research organizations globally.
Revised for Fall 2022
Students must complete 49 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane. Up to 18 Credits can be transferred from Master’s degree.
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Educational teaching assistant experience
All PhD students at SPHTM are required to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for two SPHTM courses while enrolled in the PhD program. Students should register for Teaching Assistantship Educational Experience (0 credits) during the terms they complete each TA requirement.
All other program requirements (e.g. research ethics, comprehensive exam, prospectus, and dissertation) remain the same across the old and revised programs, as outlined in the SPHTM PhD Handbook.
Students must complete 72 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane. Up to 18 Credits can be transferred from Master’s degree.
PhD Prerequisites–22 credit hours
Advanced Doctoral Study–18 credit hours
PhD Elective Courses–minimum of 12 credit hours
Electives are selected from relevant advanced level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. 12 credits minimum; Additional credits as needed to reach 72 credit graduation requirement and/or fulfill PhD Foundation Course requirements.