Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program at the Bloomberg School is designed for the student who already has an MPH or equivalent degree and who intends to pursue a leadership position as a public health professional.
Through the integration and application of a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, policy, program management and professional communication – coupled with preparation in a specific public health field – graduates of the DrPH program are prepared for either domestic or international careers in public agencies or private sector settings that emphasize improving population health.
The Bloomberg School is in the process of finalizing the redesign of the School-wide DrPH program. The program will be open to applications this fall, with new students starting the revised program in June 2017 with an onsite summer institute.
Informational webinars will be held through the fall, the schedule is posted on this site. In the meantime, frequently asked questions about the redesigned DrPH program are available here.
Current DrPH students (as of September 2016) will continue to be supported by the program staff and advisers within the department that houses their respective concentration area. Please consult the departmental websites for each area for additional details related to curriculum, requirements, and specific contact information. New students will only be matriculated into the concentrations described on this site, as other concentrations are suspended at this time.
School-wide competencies for the current DrPH program can be found here. Competencies for the revised DrPH that will begin in 2017 are posted in the Curriculum section of this site.
Thank you for your interest in the revised DrPH program that begins in summer 2017. If you would like to learn more about the program curriculum, concentration options and format, please join Program Director Dr. Sara Bennett for one of the upcoming webinars.
School-wide DrPH Webinars:
- Thursday November 10th 12:00 p.m. (Noon) EST
Click this link to participate in one of the events noted above.
If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled webinars, or would like to learn more before our next event, please review the recording of the session that was held in August 2016.
Admission to the DrPH Program
The application deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2016 for June 2017 start in the DrPH program.
Applications are processed through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS).
HOW TO APPLY
In addition to standard School application materials, DrPH applicants should also possess:
· MPH or equivalent degree (see curriculum section for listing of prerequisite courses)
· Work experience: a minimum of 3 years of relevant public health experience
The DrPH review committees will accept GRE or GMAT test scores.
All of the factors listed above will be carefully considered in the admissions process, with special emphasis on applicants’ practice experience and promise as a public health leader.
Please note - students should identify their choice of program concentration when applying for the DrPH in SOPHAS. If a customized program is preferred, an applicant should describe the particular academic interests that they intend to study in their program. A separate question in the admissions form asks applicants to the customized program to describe their proposed program of study.
Prerequisite courses for the School-wide DrPH Program
The courses listed below should be taken during a prior MPH program (or relevant health-focused graduate program), in order to provide academic foundation for the DrPH program. If students have not taken these courses or equivalent ones during their MPH (or other relevant graduate program), then they will be required to take them during the DrPH program, in addition to the 64 credits required for the DrPH.
- 140.621-623 Statistical Methods in Public Health I-III
- 340.601 Principles of Epidemiology
- A three-credit course in management
- A three-credit course in social and behavioral science
- A three-credit course in policy
- A three-credit course in environmental health
When students apply to the DrPH program, their prior coursework will be reviewed and considered for applicability towards program prerequisites. Admitted students will be informed which prerequisite courses (if any) are not met, and will need to be taken in addition to the DrPH requirements.
The DrPH program is built around a set of common (foundational) competencies that all students entering the program will be expected to achieve. These competencies focus in particular on leadership, analytical skills and communication, but also cover policy, management, ethics, program design and evaluation. Many of these core competencies are taught through an integrated sequence of problem-based learning classes that address recent public health challenges and provide students with opportunities to apply skills in a close to real life setting.
In addition to these competencies (noted in the table below), students will address additional competencies that relate either to a specific concentration within the program, or a customized program of study discussed and agreed upon between the student, the advisor and the DrPH office.
The program requires successful completion of a minimum of 56 term credits of course work, plus 8 term credits for a practicum and a dissertation, for a total of 64 term credits.
Students will take a qualifying examination at the conclusion of their required course work, a preliminary oral examination before they conduct their dissertation work and a final oral examination. Students may complete the degree over a minimum of 4 years, to a maximum of 9 years.
DRPH COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Required Courses, Non-credit
- Introduction to Online Learning (required for all JHSPH students prior to online courses)
- Introduction to Problem-Based Learning
- Academic and Research Ethics
- Introduction to the DrPH Program
Required Courses, Foundational Course Requirements
- Problem-based Course 1 - Scaling up and Sustainability: Learning from domestic and international programs (3 credits)
- Problem-based Course 2 – Vaccine Safety at the FDA (3 credits)
- Problem-based Course 3 – Managing Outbreaks: Ebola in West Africa and Zika in the Americas (3 credits)
- Problem-based Course 4 – Preventing HIV Among African American Men in Baltimore (3 credits)
- Foundations of Leadership: A Survey Course (3 credits)
- Applied Leadership Development (3 credits)
- Making Effective Public Presentations (2 credits)
- Case Studies in Communicating with the Media (1 credit)
- DrPH Online Student Seminar – Developing a DrPH Dissertation (1 credit, for three terms)
- Dissertation work (6 credits total)
Required Courses, Data Analysis
Choose at least 4 credits from the following:
- Advanced Data Analysis Workshop (2 credits)
- Professional Epidemiological Methods: Decision Making in Health Situation Analysis (2 credits)
- Statistical Methods in Public Health IV (4 credits)
- Multilevel Models (2 credits)
- Analysis of longitudinal data (2 credits)
- Introduction to health survey research methods (2 credits)
- Introduction to qualitative research methods (3 credits)
- Introduction to qualitative data analysis for public health (2 credits)
Required Courses, Concentration
Minimum of 28 term credits are required for each concentration or customized area of study - see the program listing for each concentration (links below) in order to determine course requirements within that area.
For the redesigned DrPH program, the following four concentrations will be available:
- Environmental Health
- Health Equity and Social Justice (see details below, link forthcoming)
- Health Policy and Management
- Implementation Science (see details below, link forthcoming)
In addition to these four areas of concentration, students may also choose to follow a customized course of study, agreed upon between the student, their advisor and the DrPH office.
The customized approach to the DrPH degree allows students the flexibility to tailor the program to their own personal and professional goals. Students in the customized program may choose to specialize in a particular public health field such as mental health, surveillance, nutrition, or another applied area not reflected in the listed concentrations.
Students who wish to pursue a customized track need to state this in their application for admissions to the program. Upon admission, they will need to work with their advisors to articulate the competencies which they are pursuing, and select appropriate courses, available online or through institutes, to meet these competencies.
The Bloomberg School continues to support students already accepted into the former concentrations, but will not be matriculating new students outside of the four concentrations described above, and the customized course of study.
FOUNDATIONAL PROGRAM COMPETENCIES FOR THE SCHOOL-WIDE DRPH
By the end of the program, DrPH students should have gained the competencies listed below:
- Identify, synthesize and apply evidence based public health research and theory from a broad range of disciplines and health related data sources for problem solving and to advance programs, policies, and systems promoting population health.
- Identify and analyze ethical issues including balancing the claims of personal liberty with the responsibility to protect and improve the health of the population; and act on the ethical concepts of social justice and human rights in public health research and practice.
- Influence decision making regarding policies and practices that advance public health using scientific knowledge, analysis, communication and consensus building.
- Assess and use communication strategies across diverse audiences to inform and influence individual, organization, community and policy actions in order to promote the health of the public.
- Enable organizations and communities to create, communicate and apply shared visions, missions and values; inspire trust and motivate others; build capacity; improve performance, enhance the quality of the working environment; and use evidence-based strategies to enhance public health.
- Design and evaluate system-level and programmatic initiatives in multidisciplinary teams so as promote public health outcomes and health equity.
DrPH concentration in Health Equity and Social Justice
The DrPH concentration in Health Equity and Social Justice is an interdepartmental concentration focused on understanding and addressing the multiple determinants of health, particularly among disadvantaged and marginalized groups in both high income, and low and middle income settings.
Through the concentration students learn about innovative epidemiological, social and behavioral tools to assess population health and influences upon it, and students acquire skills relevant to the design, implementation and evaluation of health programs designed to benefit the poor and marginalized groups, including the development and management of intersectoral partnerships.
This concentration is well suited to those seeking leadership positions in agencies concerned with planning and implementing projects designed to meet public health needs.
2017 DrPH Program Concentration Competencies
1. Advocate with and on behalf of disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and communities to improve their health and wellbeing and build their capacity.
2. Provide strategic direction and opportunities for diverse stakeholders, particularly ethnic and racial minorities, the vulnerable and the poor, to participate in the development of healthy public policy, by enabling change and empowering individuals and communities.
3. Conduct assessments of health equity in communities and systems so as to identify the behavioral, cultural, social, environmental and organizational determinants that promote or compromise health in disadvantaged groups.
4. Identify evidence-informed strategies, and measurable goals and objectives, to promote health equity and social justice.
5. Evaluate the reach, effectiveness and impact of health programs and policies to address health equity and social justice through appropriate evaluation methods.
6. Implement effective, efficient and culturally sensitive strategies to improve health equity and social justice.
DrPH concentration in Implementation Science
The DrPH concentration in Implementation Science is an interdepartmental concentration focused on developing and sharing evidence to support the formulation, implementation and scale up of new health policies and programs, through the application of interdisciplinary tools and approaches to study processes in complex health systems.
The concentration provides students with the skills to work collaboratively, and integrate diverse perspectives into cogent intervention designs and implementation strategies. Students learn how to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation of public health programs based on evaluation and learning, and how to synthesize and present complex information to policy-makers and practitioners.
This concentration is relevant to those working domestically and internationally, and is well suited to individuals seeking to develop careers as program managers, physician managers, and those working in the knowledge translation field, or in policy advisory positions.
2017 DrPH Program Concentration Competencies
1. Participate in and lead collaborative multidisciplinary teams that promote a blending of disciplines so as to inform implementation.
2. Integrate diverse perspectives (e.g. from communities, experts) into a cogent intervention design and/or implementation strategy for health programs and policies.
3. Determine implementation processes so as to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation based on learning.
4. Evaluate implementation processes and outcomes in ways that can inform implementation.
5. Synthesize information from multiples sources so as to inform policy and practice.
FAQs for the School-wide DrPH Program beginning June 2017
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PHD AND THE DRPH?
The PhD program prepares students for careers as advanced researchers and academicians. The DrPH program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership positions, and is more practice oriented.
IS THE PART-TIME DRPH AVAILABLE ON-LINE?
Yes, the school-wide DrPH program is offered primarily online, supplemented by (required) in person course work in summer and winter institutes.
CAN ONE COMPLETE THE PROGRAM ON A FULL-TIME BASIS?
We anticipate that the very large majority of students entering the DrPH program will be part-time students, but in certain exceptional cases it may be possible to admit a student on a full-time basis. Please contact the program office if you are interested in pursuing the DrPH program as a full-time student.
WHEN ARE CLASSES OFFERED?
All classes can be taken on-line or through summer and winter Institutes. Summer institutes typically take place in June, and Winter institutes in January.
WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF CREDITS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PART-TIME DRPH PROGRAM?
Depending on what prior master/s degrees the applicant holds, the number of credits will vary. At the time of admission, prior to matriculation, the DrPH program will review your transcripts and determine what courses are needed. A minimum of 64 term credits must be taken in order to complete the school-wide DrPH program.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PART-TIME DRPH PROGRAM?
The program can be completed in a minimum of four years. We anticipate that most students will complete the program in a period of 4-6 years. Students must complete the coursework on a part-time basis and sit for preliminary oral exams within four years of matriculation and have up to nine years, if needed, to complete the full program requirements.
IS FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR THE PART-TIME DRPH PROGRAM?
The Bloomberg American Health Initiative that was recently announced, includes some funding support for DrPH students. This is anticipated to begin with a limited number of scholarships awarded in 2017, although specific details are not yet available. Additional information will be shared as soon as possible. Since the program is designed to be completed on a part-time basis by students who are employed full-time, traditional doctoral program funding may be limited. The DrPH program office continues to explore possible funding opportunities which could be made available for our students in the future.
ARE GRE OR GMAT SCORES REQUIRED?
Yes, all applicants, regardless of their academic or professional background, must submit official scores less than 5 years old.
THE REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM INCLUDES AN MPH DEGREE OR EQUIVALENT. WHAT PROGRAMS ARE CONSIDERED EQUIVALENT TO AN MPH?
Applicants who have completed an applied Masters degree in a topic relevant to public health (such as health service administration, environmental health, or similar will be considered eligible for the program as they have a degree which is equivalent to an MPH. However such students may need to take additional courses to make up for any gaps in their learning. The MPH core competencies can be found on the MPH program site here.
DOES THE PROGRAM REQUIRE A DISSERTATION?
Yes, Johns Hopkins believes that dissertations are a critical component of doctoral degree studies – and employers whom we have spoken to agree with us! Dissertations enable students to gain experience addressing high-level and complex public health problems, and also expose students to the whole cycle of identifying problems, collecting and analyzing data and developing public health solutions. We are committed to making DrPH dissertations practice-oriented, and to supporting students to identify and develop their dissertation proposals from the very beginning of the program.
If you have additional questions regarding the DrPH program after checking the additional pages within this site and reading through the FAQs, please write to the program office at JHSPH-DRPH@jhu.edu.
As of August 30, 2016, the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program was pending Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) endorsement.