Doctor of Public Health

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APPLICATIONS TO THE DRPH PROGRAM FOR THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR (DEADLINE DEC 1, 2016) HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY DRPH APPLICANTS DURING THAT CYCLE.

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is a professional degree that prepares students for the highest level of practice in the Community Health Sciences. Training for the degree is multifaceted, encompassing the broad spectrum of expertise necessary for professional practice. These areas of expertise include program planning, implementation and evaluation; applied research, including program evaluation; policy analysis; communication and behavior change; health promotion; assessment, monitoring and surveillance of health status.

This degree program comprises an intensive period of study with formal courses as well as guidance from a faculty advisor and doctoral committee.  The typical sequence is two years of coursework, followed by preparation and completion of two written qualifying exams, preparation of a research proposal, oral qualifying exam (proposal defense), completion of a dissertation, and oral dissertation defense. Doctoral students are advanced to candidacy after they have passed their oral qualifying exam. Students are required to be in residence full time for their first two years.  Admission is selective and normally 6 to12 new doctoral students are welcomed into the program every year.

  • DrPH Curriculum
  • DrPH Competencies (see "Full Educational Model and Report"). The School of Public Health has adopted the Dr.P.H. competencies set forth by the Association of Schools of Public Health. These competencies cover seven domains: advocacy, communication, community/cultural orientation, critical analysis, leadership, management, professionalism and ethics.
The Doctoral Program Handbook has an in depth description of admission requirements, course requirements, advisement, committee formation, qualifying examinations, and the dissertation proposal.

Additional Doctoral Degree Information

Specializations and Certifications

Doctoral students have the option to focus their studies in certain specific areas.

  • Health Promotion/Health Education Specialization 
  • Population & Reproductive Health Certificate
  • Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program Certificate
  • Emergency Public Health Certificate
  • Global Health Certificate

For more information, please visit the Specializations and Certifications page.

Where our students work after graduation

Community Health Sciences graduates work in:

  • Governmental public health agencies at the local, state, and national levels
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Domestic and international voluntary organizations
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Foundations
  • Schools
  • Other health and human services organizations
  • The private sector
  • Academia

You can view a full list of employers and continuing education programs here.

Prospective Students

APPLICATIONS TO THE DRPH PROGRAM FOR THE 2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR (DEADLINE DEC 1, 2016) HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. WE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY DRPH APPLICANTS DURING THAT CYCLE.