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Course Requirements

This following section describes the DrPH requirements at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and the Department of Mental Health. DrPH students are also responsible for meeting the MPH core requirements in environmental health, public health biology, management sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The section below describes the school-wide course requirements, and is followed by the requirements of the Department of Mental Health. DrPH students are also responsible for meeting the MPH core requirements in environmental health, public health biology, management sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Other courses may be substituted to meet the requirements below with approval from the DrPH Executive Committee. Students are highly encouraged to identify existing courses or design doctoral-level special studies courses that provide them with the opportunity to develop DrPH competencies. These courses may involve experiential learning and can be designed independently or in conjunction with other students.

I A. Ethics

Ethics requirement: DrPH students must take at least 1 credit of research ethics and at least 2 credits of practice management/policy ethics from the following courses. Please note: DrPH students who receive NIH funding are required to take either 330.665 Research Ethics and Integrity or 550.600 as part of their ethics requirement.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
550.6001Responsible Conduct of Research
550.860.821Research Ethics
221.6162Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries
306.6553Ethical Issues in Public Health
306.6633Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services Management
306.6653Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues
306.6253Ethical Issues in Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care

I B. Human Rights

The following human rights course options are highly recommended (but not required) as a complement to ethics courses.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
180.6363Human Rights and Health Seminar
340.6392Assessing Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations
301.6552Human Rights for Public Health Practitioners
180.6002Special Topics in Health and Human Rights: Public Health Implications of Health as a Human Right

II A. Epidemiology

DrPH students must take all courses listed under Option IIA or Option IIB or Option IIC below.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
340.6015Principles of Epidemiology
OR both of the following courses:
550.694.813Fundamentals of Epidemiology I (on-line only)
550.695.813Fundamentals of Epidemiology II (on-line only)

In addition to either 340.601 or 550.694/550.695 students must take one additional course in Epidemiology.

II B. Epidemiology (continued)

Students must take all three of the following courses.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
340.7515Epidemiologic Methods 1
340.7525Epidemiologic Methods 2
340.7535Epidemiologic Methods 3

II C. Epidemiology (continued)

Students must take all four of the following courses.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
340.6015Principles of Epidemiology
340.6084Observational Epidemiology
340.7634Professional Epidemiology Methods I
340.7644Professional Epidemiology Methods II

III A. Biostatistics

DrPH students must take all four of the following courses OR all listed in III B.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
140.621**4Statistical Methods in Public Health I
140.622**4Statistical Methods in Public Health II
140.623**4Statistical Methods in Public Health III
140.6244Statistical Methods in Public Health IV

**The Biostatistics series 140.651 – 654 may be used as a substitute.

III B. Biostatistics (continued)

Students must take all six of the following courses.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
140.6113Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I
140.6123Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II
140.6132Data Analysis Workshops I
140.6142Data Analysis Workshops II
140.6202Advanced Data Analysis Workshop
140.6244Statistical Methods in Public Health IV

IV. School-Wide DrPH Seminar

DrPH Students are required to attend eight sessions of the School-wide DrPH Seminar and are encouraged to attend all sessions. (although the seminar is not taken for credit, attendance is documented at each seminar)

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
No course number0DrPH School-wide Seminar

V. Leadership

DrPH Students must take one of the following courses.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
551.610.013Foundations of Leadership – A Leadership Survey Course 
380.681.014Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries 

VI. Health Policy

DrPH students must take at least one policy course from the following.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
180.628.814Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Health Law
180.6294Environmental and Occupational Health Law and Policy
221.6503Health Policy Analysis in Low and Middle Income Countries
300.600.814Introduction to Health Policy (internet)
300.6524Politics of Health Policy
300.7123Health Policy II: Public Health Policy Formulation
306.6503Public Health and the Law
308.6023Role of Government in Health Policy
380.6244Maternal and Child Health Legislation and Programs
380.6654Family Planning Policies and Programs

VII. Management Sciences

DrPH students must take three credits from the following courses in addition to the MPH Management requirement.

Course No.UnitsCourse Title
221.706
AND
221.707
2

3
Management of Health Systems in Developing Countries I & II
221.722
OR
221.722.81
4Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries
551.6014Managing Health Services Organizations
551.6033Fundamentals of Budgeting and Financial Management
551.6053Case Studies in Management Decision Making
551.6083Managing Non-Governmental Organizations in the Health Sector

Additional MPH Core Curriculum Requirements

Students must document that they have full-filled these requirements either as part of their previous master’s program or by completing one of the course options approved by the JHBSPH MPH program. Please see the MPH student manuals for more information.