Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is a school-wide advanced professional degree program designed for the student who holds a master of public health degree or its equivalent and who intends to pursue a leadership career in the professional practice of public health.
The focus of the DrPH program is on integrating and applying a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, practice, policy analysis, program and budget management, and communication, coupled with preparation in the field of epidemiology. The DrPH program prepares graduates to apply these skills and methods in academic, non-academic, public or private settings where the emphasis is on improving the health of the public.
The DrPH Program has school-wide and departmental components. The school-wide component emphasizes the advanced, multidisciplinary knowledge and skills associated with leadership, integration and application of skills, and the practical context for their application. The departmental component emphasizes the specific epidemiologic knowledge and skills. Each component is grounded in specific competencies.
Unique aspects of the DrPH program:
- To optimize the participation of practicing professionals, the DrPH program may be developed as a part-time program of study
- Students enrolled in the part-time DrPH program have the choice of completing a "traditional" doctoral thesis or a manuscript-oriented thesis
- Part-time DrPH students have up to nine years to complete the coursework and final defense of the DrPH dissertation