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Ph.D. in Public Health, Concentration in Brain, Behavior and the Environment

The Brain, Behavior and the Environment (BBE) Ph.D. concentration is a research-intensive program that incorporates neurotoxicology, neuroscience, imaging, psychology and psychiatry, as well as environmental exposures. This focus is officially recognized by FIU as an Emerging Preeminent Program and will be taught by top researchers from Stempel College’s faculty roster with a track record of placing trainees in high-profile careers. BBE Ph.D. graduates are employed at premier academic institutions, government agencies, and within recognized biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

At a glance

  • Duration

    ~5 years

  • Credits

    75

  • Course modes

    Mixed (in-person, hybrid & online)

  • Application deadlines

    Standard Stempel application deadlines apply

Curriculum

The BBE Ph.D. concentration requires ~75 credit hours (including a minimum of 15 hours for dissertation research) spread across three primary components of the curriculum.

The first is a core curriculum shared across all Public Health majors (12 credit hours).

PHC 6601

Emerging Issues in Public Health

3

PHC 6091

Biostatistics 2

3

PHC 7981

Research Concepts and Proposal Development

3

PHC 7705

Methods in Evidence Based Public Health

3

The second is specific to Environmental Health Science Ph.D. students (9 credits).

PHC 6328

Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

4

PHC 6329

Biomarkers

3

PHC 7732C

Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity

1

PHC 6921

Environmental Health Sciences Seminar

1

The third component is specific to the BBE concentration (12 credit hours).

PHC 7381C

Neuroscience

4

PHC 7731C

Advanced Neurotoxicology Research Methods

2

PHC 7384

Advanced Neurotoxicology

4

PHC 7385C

Emerging Issues in Neurotoxicology

2