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The PhD program in Health Promotion Sciences trains well-rounded researchers and scholars in the theory and method of prevention research. Our students examine health-related behavior to create novel, effective interventions for disease prevention and health promotion.

In this unique degree program, you not only study the causes of health-related behaviors, you also design effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health. The well-rounded training encompasses theory and methods from the allied fields of communications, psychology, preventive medicine, cultural studies, biostatistics, public health and epidemiology. A low student-faculty ratio and a commitment to teaching at the highest level foster a highly collaborative learning and research environment in which you play a central role. You will work with faculty who are world leaders in health promotion and disease prevention research; they will mentor you from the start of your training until the successful completion of your doctoral degree. Because they bring a robust record of scholarly activity and experience—from being funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other well-known agencies to publishing in hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and running countless research centers—you will gain firsthand knowledge and insight into the life of a research scientist. This substantial education prepares you to become a public health scholar and expert.

Program Highlights


Program at a Glance

72 units


5 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

PhD in Health Promotion Sciences

Featured Courses

CGH 400
Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion & Education

Examines theories in Health Promotion Sciences and expands on the exploration and evaluation of the theories of social and behavior influences introduced in CGH 300.

CGH 301

Examines the most commonly used statistical methods in clinical and experimental research, focusing on data analytic methods, reading and interpreting computer output from commonly used statistical packages, and more.

CGH 302

Provides an overview of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations and the skills and knowledge to investigate the epidemiology of a specific disease or other health-related phenomenon.

CGH 413
Research Methods

Develops an understanding of the principles and skills of conducting behavioral research, using qualitative and quantitative approaches commonly used in public health settings.

CGH 401
Advanced Statistical Methods

Covers multivariable statistical techniques frequently used in health-related research, including topics in linear and logistic regression, structural modeling, multiple-group modeling, exploratory factor analysis, growth curves, and multi-level or nested models.

Areas of Concentration



Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion
Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Data Analysis
Research Methods
Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion
Advanced Statistical Methods I
Advanced Statistical Methods II
Advanced Research Methods
Manuscript Development
Foundations of Inclusive Pedagogy and Course Design
Doctoral Study

Transdisciplinary course (4 units)
Directed research units (8 units)
Concentration courses (12 units)

Program Features

Networking Opportunities
With more than 80 chapters throughout the world, the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at CGU opens up numerous academic and professional opportunities for SCGH students, including:

Research Projects
Gain direct experience in the global health community through a collective research and service focus on the needs of communities in Southern California, the Pacific Rim, South Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Faculty & Research

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

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Regina Wang Lee

Director of Recruitment for the School of Community & Global Health
T: 909-607-9417