Program Description

UCF’s Doctoral Program in Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the strengths of faculty members in criminal justice, health management and informatics, public administration, and social work. The program prepares students for academic appointments in colleges and universities as well as research and leadership positions in public, nonprofit and private agencies. The dynamic mix of an interdisciplinary faculty, together with students from varied backgrounds, creates a stimulating environment to examine many of the contemporary social ills communities are currently facing.

To learn more about the program’s disciplinary tracks, contact the track coordinators below.

Visit the UCF Graduate Catalog for detailed information about the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs.

Track Coordinators

Criminal Justice

Matt Nobles, Ph.D., M.A., B.A., B.S.

Associate Professor

Criminal Justice, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs


Health Services Management and Research

Su-I Hou, Dr.P.H., C.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., R.N.


Health Management and Informatics, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs


Public Administration

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.


Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs


Social Work

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW

Professor and Interim Director

Doctoral Program in Public Affairs