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Graduate Programs in Allied Health Sciences


The Graduate Programs in the Department of Allied Health Sciences offer dynamic educational experiences for individuals who strive to improve the health of individuals, communities, and beyond. The Department offers a PhD in Health Promotion Sciences, Master's of Science Degree in Health Promotion Sciences, a Professional Science Master's Degree in Health Care Genetics and a Certificate Program in Health Promotion and Health Education. Program details can be found at the following sites:

PhD in Health Promotion Sciences
The PhD in Health Promotion Sciences is appropriate for students who wish to prepare themselves for higher-level careers in research, teaching/mentoring, consulting, policy development, or other leadership roles primarily focused on the behavioral determinants of health, the promotion of health, and the prevention of premature disease and disability. The graduate can develop a career in the following settings—university, local/state/national/international health promotion agencies, health care systems and services organizations, and private industry. The degree is an advanced, applied and research-oriented degree based on synergy between major areas—behavioral and environmental change interventions, diet and physical activity across the lifespan, genetics/diagnostics and statistical modeling sciences—to promote health and prevent diseases in a variety of settings and for diverse individuals. Doctoral students in this program acquire the knowledge and skills to advance our understanding of the role of behavioral, social, and environmental influences in chronic diseases and conditions and to apply the principles and practices of health promotion and health behavior change to create innovative solutions for current and emerging health challenges.  For more information, please contact Dr. Valerie Duffy (

Master's Program in Health Promotion Sciences
The Master's Program in Health Promotion Sciences prepares students with education and training in diverse health related fields to apply health promotion and disease prevention as major components of thier careers. Students will achieve comptencies and skills in health promotion, health education and behavior modifications to enhance health of the population , at the local, national, and global levels. For more information, please contact Dr. Valerie Duffy (

Masters Degree in Health Care Genetics
The Masters Degree in Health Care Genetics goal is to train scientists and professionals with interdisciplinary competency in human genetics, disease identification, laboratory diagnostics, health care ethics, and regulatory issues in the clinical laboratory. The objectives of this Program are to provide the didactic, experiential and cohort components such that our graduates can 1) apply knowledge of genetic principles and genomic technologies to improve quality of health-care through the diagnosis, screening, intervention or prevention of disease and the maintenance of health, 2) understand that health-related genetic information can have important social and psychological implications for individuals and families, and 3) identify resources available to assist those seeking genetic information or services fields.  For more information, please contact Dr. Judy Brown (

Certificate Program in Health Promotion and Health Education (CHPHE)
The Graduate Program in Allied Health offer students the opprtunity to receive a Graduat Certificate in core competency in health promotion and health education based on completion of 12 credits of graduate courses within the department. Completion of Certificate Program will positions students for professional work in the field of community health, health education, and helth promotion in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to, individual, school, community and worksite settings. It will also provide the necessary core requirements for students to be elgible to sit for certification as a Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES).

Who may apply

Programs are open to all students who hold a Baccalaureate degree. Students ideally enter the program with a degree in a health-related field or with a strong life sciences background. All previous coursework must meet the general requirements of the University of Connecticut Graduate School. Information regarding the general requirements can be found on the Graduate School website.

Professional Opportunities

Opportunities for professional development are an integral part of this program. Students may learn grant writing skills, publish in professional journals and present at national meetings. All students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty in pursuit of their scholarly interests. Faculty and students regularly participate in research meetings to allow for the exchange of scholarly ideas and initiatives that stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and beyond.

Scheduling and Facilities

To accommodate working professionals, courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening at the Storrs campus. The program may be pursued either full or part time.

Library facilities and services are extensive and include a large access to electronic resources, assistance with systematic reviews, modern library on the Storrs campus, the L.M. Stowe Library at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington as well as specialized libraries and supporting facilities at UConn.

about AHS
Enter Allied Health with an emerge with an interdisciplinary approach, fully prepared to be a health care industry leader.

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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375