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Spotlight: PhD in Health Behavior

What brought me to Indiana University?words

I had applied to Indiana University (IU) School of Public Health – Bloomington because of its unique location and its very beautiful campus. In addition, my research background as an undergraduate and postgraduate was rooted in Nutritional Sciences and my aim as a Ph.D. student is to assess how the risk of obesity can be reduced in affected populations such as school children through their eating behaviors. The School of Public Health at IU has one of the best student and research focused programs in Health Behavior and I know that I shall be having an unmatched experience at the end of my doctoral studies at IU.

Description of the Health Behavior Program

The Ph.D. in Health Behavior at the IU School of Public Health is a nationally recognized and highly regarded program having a strong history of preparing graduates to conduct research in areas focusing on health promotion and prevention of health problems. Research and creative activities include both basic and applied work in the following: program planning and development, health policy management, evaluation of the program effectiveness, and examination of lifestyle and health behavior in relation to nutrition, exercise, stress, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, individual development and family health, communicable disease, human sexuality, aging, and related areas.

Why Choose Health Behavior?sign

As a current doctoral student, the opportunities are multiple. Firstly, students have research opportunities to work independently or work under faculty with matching research interests. Further, assistantships are offered to doctoral students through working as Associate Instructors and/or research positions within the Department of Applied Health Science. Throughout the year, doctoral students’ research work is highly encouraged and supported by student research grants and travel grants to present their scholarly work at prestigious conferences in addition to publishing their work in professional journals.

Importance of Doctoral Level Classesteach

Within their first year, doctoral students get to choose their advisory committee and chair which has the main task of helping the students getting a personalized plan of classes tailored to their research interests. As a matter of fact, there are some courses or their equivalents which are compulsory and must be completed by all Ph.D. students in the School of Public Health. Some of these courses are Epidemiology, Principles and Foundations of Public Health, and Introduction to Statistics in Public Health. Till now, my favorite class has been learning the basics of Epidemiology last Fall and consequently, as a strong interest in this field and combined with my background, I have chosen my minor as Nutritional Epidemiology.

Career Prospects after Graduationgraduation

While some may deem it appropriate to secure a post-doctoral fellowship, others pursue careers in higher education as assistant professors and researchers. Additionally, graduates can work in governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and voluntary health agencies.

Advice to Prospective Students

Graduate school is a life-changing experience for many. It pushes you beyond your comfort zone and makes you question your abilities and yourself very often! However, this whole process makes you grow not only intellectually but also helps you mature overall!

ffTrishnee is a first year PhD student in the Department of Applied Health Sciences and her major is Health Behavior. She was born and raised in Mauritius and is currently having the best time pursuing her doctoral studies in the wonderful B-town. Her hobbies include cooking, reading romantic novels, and playing with her pets. Anything related to health highly interests her and she hopes to reach out to others on health-related issues that matter.


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Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

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