Health Education & Behavior Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. graduate degree program is available in the Department of Health Education and Behavior (HEB) at the University of Florida. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with recommended deadlines for priority consideration.

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Why Choose HEB for Graduate School?

For more than 60 years, the Department of Health Education & Behavior has been at the forefront of the health promotion and public health field, demonstrating leadership in instruction and mentoring, research and scholarship, and service and practice. By emphasizing innovation and data-driven advancements, our efforts ensure that our students are well prepared for health promotion, public health and health behavior research careers of the future. HEB faculty and students conduct innovative research on public health problems that include:

  • substance use and misuse
  • sexual health
  • nutrition, physical activity and weight management
  • controlling chronic diseases

Our research programs are implemented with diverse populations, locations, and settings in Florida, across the US and around the world. The department also houses the Center for Behavioral Economic Health Research with a mission to stimulate research, applications, and education aimed at understanding and promoting human health behavior change, guided by the unifying trans-discipline of behavioral economics.

Faculty and students in our department are also involved in several UF-wide interdisciplinary centers including the Center for Addiction Research and Education, the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium, and the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.



The focus of the health education and behavior graduate program is to prepare students to promote healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings and among diverse populations using culturally appropriate health education and behavior methodologies. Graduates will be capable of assessing individual and community health education needs; developing, planning and implementing effective health education programs; evaluating health education program effectiveness; coordinating the provision of health education services; acting as a resource person in health education; and communicating health/health education needs, concerns and resources. Ph.D. students are intensively trained to conduct independent research.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all upper-division undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) for all graduate coursework
  • GRE scores are NOT currently required.
  • English proficiency testing requirements are described under “International Students” HERE (link to admissions info)

Application Deadline: To receive priority funding consideration, complete applications (including letters of recommendation) should be submitted by December 1. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all materials (including three letters of recommendation) are received. Decisions are made in early spring for fall semester.

Contact Info

Amy Mobley, Ph.D., R.D.
Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor

Jenny Neelands, M.P.H., M.S.
Graduate Academic Advisor
(352) 294-1803

For a complete overview of our HHP doctoral program, download the HHP Ph.D. Student Handbook