Joint Ph.D-M.P.H.

The department offers a joint PhD-MPH degree in collaboration with the Master's of Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This is the first degree in the nation to combine an MPH with the strengths of advanced study in applied behavioral science. It incorporates efficiencies in the elective and research requirements of both departments.

Faculty and student research teams address issues in community health and development, child and youth health and development, disabilities and independent living, and healthy aging. Separate admission is required for both the department (Ph.D. program) and Preventative Medicine (M.P.H. program).

Please contact Dr. Vincent Francisco, or Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson, for questions about the program.


Applicants must submit their materials through ourĀ online application. Under Program Selection, choose "Applied Behavioral Science" followed by "PHD & MPH" and select the term to which you wish to apply.

Application deadlines

Fall: August 10
Spring: January 15
Summer: May 10