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 a separate application to the Ph.D. and M.P.H. programs. Each program independently reviews and decides admission recommendations to their program. Applicants therefore must submit an application directly to the MPH and to the Behavioral Psychology PH.D. program. Within the application to the Behavioral Psychology Ph.D. program, the application will include a question that asks if the applicant is submitting the application for the joint PhD/MPH program.

Application deadline

December 1st.