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Research Training Program in Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP

Co-Principal Investigators

David Levine, MD, ScD, MPH

Founding Program Director


Established in 1976, this rigorous and comprehensive program recruits, educates, and develops independent and creative investigators in Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases, a field of increasing clinical and public health importance. The program exposes pre-and post-doctoral students from relevant health professions and complementary scientific disciplines to a variety of ongoing research, and intensive mentoring by a multidisciplinary faculty committed to excellence in research training.

  • Pre-doctoral students receive PhD training in behavioral sciences, health education, and public health, including relevant course work, formal seminar series, journal clubs, and original data collection, all leading to a publishable thesis (usually 3-5 years).
  • Post-doctoral students follow a formal curriculum, which may include a masters degree in public health, health policy, bioethics, behavioral sciences, or health education. Occasionally, trainees complete a PhD. The program includes required course work, formal seminar series, journal clubs, and independent research projects, all leading to publishable work (usually 3 years).

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