Dual-Title Ph.D. Programs

The Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) offers dual-title PhD programs in

1) BBH and Bioethics

2) BBH and Clinical and Translational Science

There are also numerous minors available, such as in Demography and Neuroscience

Detailed information about the dual-title degree in Bioethics is below

Why a Dual-Title Ph.D. with Bioethics?

Issues of ethical concern arise frequently during scientific, technological, and medical pursuits. The purpose of the Dual-Title Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health and Bioethics—the only one of its kind in the United States—provides biobehavioral health graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to address ethical issues within the field of biobehavioral health as well as to conduct original bioethics research and to produce bioethics-related scholarship.

Students earning the dual degree would have access to growing employment opportunities that require expertise in bioethics in addition to the same job markets available to other biobehavioral health graduates.

Admission Requirements

Students who have been admitted to the BBH Ph.D. Program must prepare a statement of purpose of why they wish to pursue the Dual-Title degree. A separate admissions committee will then evaluate the credentials of each applicant.

Degree Requirements

General requirements for the Dual-Title Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health and Bioethics are listed below.

Biobehavioral Health Coursework

  • 15 required credits in core seminars (BBH 501, BBH/PSYCH 502, BBH 503, BBH 504, BBH 505)
  • 12 credits of research methods electives

Bioethics Coursework

  • 7 required credits (BMH 501, BMH 502, and BMH 590); at least three additional BMH credits at the 500 level
  • BBH 501 and 504 (required core seminars in BBH) will contribute 6 credits toward the course requirements for Bioethics
  • Two additional credits from a list of approved electives at the 400 or 500 level

Other General Requirements

  • BBH candidacy examination that includes an assessment of a student's potential in the field of bioethics
  • Comprehensive exam that requires student to demonstrate an understanding of various theoretical and methodological approaches to bioethics and an ability to apply them to issues and problems in biobehavioral health
  • Dissertation that contributes fundamentally to both fields

Doctoral Committee Composition

Students in the program are required to have two advisors, a primary advisor in Biobehavioral Health and a second advisor from the Bioethics faculty.

Course Listing

Required Courses

In addition to the courses required by the Biobehaviorla Health program, students in the dual-title program are required to take the following three courses, which provide a rigorous grounding in general theory, methods, and the scholarly literature of bioethics:

BIOETHICS (BIOET)

501. PERSPECTIVES AND METHODS IN BIOETHICS (3)
502. PERSPECTIVES IN MACRO-BIOETHICS (3)
590. BIOETHICS COLLOQUIUM (1)

In addition, students are required to take at least 3 additional BIOET credits at the 500-level:

BIOETHICS (BIOET)

503. ETHICS AND THE RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH (3)
597. SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOETHICS (1-3)

With the approval of the director of the Bioethics Graduate Program, students also may fulfill the requirement for the three additional 500-level BIOET credits through one of three alternatives:

BIOET 594. RESEARCH TOPICS
BIOET 596. INDIVIDUAL STUDIES
BIOET 590. COLLOQUIUM

Elective Courses

Students in the program will take the remaining credits by choosing from a wide variety of existing elective courses at the 400 and 500 levels from a list maintained by the director of the Bioethics Graduate Program. Students also have the right to petition the director of the Bioethics Graduate Program to request that additional courses be added to the list of electives.

In addition, students may pursue an internship or practicum, provided that it is approved in advance by the director of the Bioethics Graduate Program:

BIOET 595. INTERNSHIP (1-3)

List of Elective Courses

ANTH/BIOL 460 HUMAN GENETICS (3)
ANTH/BIOL 460H HUMAN GENETICS (4)
ANTH 471H BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION AND SOCIETY (3)
BB H 501 BIOBEHAVIORAL SYSTEMS IN HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT: THEORY AND PROCESSES (3)
BB H 504 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTERVENTION STRATEGIES (3)
BB H 551 WORLD HEALTH PROMOTION (3)
BMH 490 BIOETHICS AND MEDICAL HUMANITIES CAPSTONE (3)
BMMB 509 ETHICS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (1)
CAS 453 HEALTH COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH (3)
CAS 557 HEALTH COMMUNICATION (3)
CAS 562 QUALITATIVE METHODS (3)
FRNSC 561 ETHICS IN FORENSIC SCIENCE (1)
H ADM 539 HEALTH SYSTEMS ORGANIZATION (3)
H ADM 540 HEALTH ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FORMULATION (3)
H ADM 541 HEALTH ECONOMICS AND POLICY (3)
H ADM 542 HEALTH CARE POLITICS AND POLICY (3)
H ADM 543 LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY (3)
H ADM 551 HEALTH CARE LAW (3)
H P A 401 (IL) COMPARATIVE HEALTH SYSTEMS ( 3)
H P A 510 HEALTH SERVICES FINANCING AND POLICY (3)
H P A 511 RESEARCH SEMINAR ON HEALTH SERVICES FINANCING AND POLICY (3)
H P A 520 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY (3)
H PA 521 RESEARCH SEMINAR ON HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY (3)
H P A 540 EPIDEMIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH (3)
H P A 541 POVERTY, RACE, ETHNICITY AND CHILD HEALTH (3)
H P A 545 INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH ECONOMICS (3)
H P A 822 CLINICAL ISSUES FOR HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT (3)
H P A 836 HEALTH LAW (3)
HLHED 516 EVALUATION OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROMOTION PROGRAMS (3)
HLHED 552 CURRENT HEALTH EDUCATION ISSUES (3)
HLHED 553 MULTICULTURAL HEALTH ISSUES (3)
IBIOS 591 ETHICS IN THE LIFE SCIENCES (1)
NURS 464 (US;IL) DYING AND DEATH ( 3)
NURS 501 ISSUES IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE (3)
NURS 580 EPISTEMOLOGY OF NURSING SCIENCE (3)
NURS 581 DEVELOPING THEORETICAL CONSTRUCTS RELEVANT TO NURSING (3)
NURS 587 ETHICS IN NURSING RESEARCH (1)
NUTR/S T S 430 (IL) GLOBAL FOOD STRATEGIES: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS FOR REDUCING WORLD HUNGER (3)
PHIL 403 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3)
PHIL 418 ETHICS (3)
PHIL/S T S 432: MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE ETHICS (3)
PHS 570 HEALTH ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC EVALUATION (3)
S T S 555 HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF NATURAL RESOURCES (3)
S T S 589 ETHICS AND VALUES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (3)