Bold thinking to lead research and development in higher education, instructional
design and kinesiology.
Advanced education and health organizations require innovative leaders who can navigate
the challenges of serving diverse students and populations, design curricula and execute
research. By earning a doctoral degree in Education, Health and Behavior Studies,
you'll be prepared for faculty positions, research appointments or policymaking roles
that align with your specialization area.
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Why earn a Ph.D. in Education, Health and Behavior Studies at UND?
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Oct. 15 | Dec. 1
The doctoral program in Education, Health and Behavior Studies (EHBS) is an interdisciplinary
degree program designed to promote solutions, science, and the study of critical issues
in higher education, instructional design and technology and kinesiology. As a student,
you will have access to faculty expertise, research teams and research labs to promote
connections between classroom learning and development of research skills and expertise.
The EHBS doctoral program follows a scholar-practitioner model. It is designed for
students preparing for academic and professional positions that balance research,
theory and practice.
Participate in a community of learners with students and faculty from diverse academic
and professional backgrounds.
Take courses all year with support of library, technology, and advising.
Apply theory to practice to show influences on individuals, organizations, and policy.
Experience diversity as a key component of the program design, curriculum, and coursework.
Develop methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.
Complete a publishable doctoral dissertation.
Three Program Specializations
Choose from a specalization that meets your career goals.
Colleges and universities require innovative leaders who can navigate the challenges
of serving a diverse student body, recruiting talented faculty and managing financial
resources. Earn a doctoral degree in Education, Health and Behavior Studies with a
specialization in higher education and you will be ready for faculty positions, professional
research positions, and administrative posts in higher education functional units
that align with academic affairs, student affairs, finance and operations, and research
Instructional Design & Technology
Instructional Design and Technology is an interdisciplinary science that integrates
learning sciences, instructional design theories and research, educational psychology,
and performance technology with a focus on improving learner performance through research-based
systematic instructional design. Earn a doctoral degree in Education, Health, and
Behavior Studies with a specialization in Industrucational design & techonology and
you will be ready for faculty positions, professional research roles, and administrative
posts in K-12, Higher Education, or Corporate Training settings (including corporations,
government, and military).
Health and fitness are critical concerns in society. Studies in kinesiology focus
on finding solutions to these and other wellness challenges. Earn a doctoral degree
in Education, Health, and Behavior Studies with a specialization in Kinesiology and
you will be ready for faculty position, professional research roles, and administrative
posts in K-12, Higher Education, or corporate settings.
Education, Health and Behavior Studies Doctoral Program
In addition to core requirements, students take courses in research methods and electives.
Work side-by-side with other students and faculty on research teams.
Choose electives from other specializations or other fields of study to round out
your knowledge base on your dissertation topic.
Up to 30 credits from a master's degree may be transferred from another institution.
Apply for funding to support your studies in the program.
Enhance your professional skills at 60+ free workshops offered through the UND School of Graduate Studies.
Careers in Education, Health and Behavior Studies
Median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators. Salary and benefits
for deans and college presidents far exceed the median.
Recent doctoral program graduates hold key decision-making positions in academics
and student affairs, government and private sector. Position titles for UND Education,
Health and Behavior Studies Ph.D. graduates include:
University/college president and faculty
Vice president for academic affairs
Vice president for student affairs
Dean of students
Learning and development strategist
Training and development specialist
Health promotion director
Education, Health and Behavior Studies Courses You Could Take
HE 532. Principles and Practices in Higher Education. 3 Credits.
This course is designed for students newly admitted to the doctoral program in higher education. It introduces the students to the study of higher education enterprise in terms of its context, research, and practice. Among the topics covered, students in the course will explore the significance of institutional missions and purposes, federal and state governments, and the academic community. On demand.
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HE 538. College Student Experiences. 3 Credits.
Given the growing awareness, economically, politically, and socially, of the need for students to succeed in college, faculty, staff, and administrators are increasingly being held accountable for college persistence and completion. A significant factor in students' success is their learning and development. Students in this course will explore concepts and theories related to student learning and development and be challenged to interpret and apply theories to real-world higher education practice, considering how these processes influence student success. On demand.
HE 536. Leading and Learning in Higher Education. 3 Credits.
Colleges and universities are complex organizations with a core purpose of learning. An understanding of organizations, what they are and how they function is critical to success as a higher education professional. Further each member of the organization is called on to provide leadership for the organization in the classroom, the department, and other organizational units. Effective leaders will understand the organization and how their roles and work help support the institution's effectiveness in educating students. On demand.
HE 570. Higher Education Law. 3 Credits.
An overview of the legal issues that confront college and university personnel. Pertinent federal and state statutes as well as case law will be used to instruct about legal rights and responsibilities of university/college administrators and students. The legal relationships between the institution and the faculty, the student, state government, and the federal government will be explored. On demand.
HE 576. Higher Education Planning and Finance. 3 Credits.
Higher education must plan to ensure the future of the institution and those plans guide the allocation of resources to accomplish the institutional mission and plan. This course will provide an overview of planning processes and the subsequent allocation of resources to implement the plan. Students will also learn about financial management including budgeting, financial policies and performance metrics. The college administrator's role in guiding the fiscal welfare of an institution of higher education will be explored. On demand.
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