Doctor of Public Health in the Field of Global Health

Program Director A. Roess


The doctor of public health in the field of global health (Dr.PH.) degree program is the terminal degree in the professional discipline of public health. Consistent with this advanced professional orientation, the Dr.PH. program prepares future public health leaders to apply critical thinking skills and rigorous research methods to the complex practical problems facing practitioners and policy-makers in public health practice. The  program is designed to both follow and promote the principles of academic public health practice. As noted in a recent ASPH publication, public health practice is the strategic, organized, and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services and other activities to improve the populations’ health. Academic public health practice is the applied, interdisciplinary pursuit of scholarship in the field of public health. Recent events sharply illustrate the need for public health professionals who can provide the leadership to expand and strengthen the US and global public health systems. The Dr.P.H program is designed to prepare professionals with skills to provide this leadership.

From the combination of course work and the implementation of the knowledge in the context of a thesis project in outstanding international placements, the Dr.P.H. degree  program in Global Health will enable professionals to develop innovative approaches and ability to negotiate the complex interrelationship between health and political, economic, and human development. 


The Dr.P.H. graduate will be prepared to assume an advanced level of leadership in global health, in the context of health research as well as implementation programs in an international setting.

Admissions Requirements

The Doctor of Public Health Program is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to become public health leaders. Applicants who have completed an M.P.H. degree from a Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited program are strongly preferred for admission to the Dr.P.H. program. Alternatively, applicants with a master’s degree in another field may indicate their relevant training, research experience, or educational background comparable to the M.P.H. Doctoral applicants admitted without an M.P.H. will be required to take additional course work at the graduate level that does not apply toward the minimum 48 credits required for the Dr.P.H. Qualified applicants with degrees from institutions in foreign countries are also eligible for admission. All applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of the date of application. Because admission to this program is highly selective, successful applicants have competitive academic credentials and substantial prior public health professional work experience related to the specialty field to which they are applying.

Program Policies and Procedures

For program policies and procedures, please refer to the Doctor of Public Health Handbook and other resources located on Dr.P.h. in the field of Global Health website.

Program requirements:

20 credits of required foundational courses and research methods
PUBH 8401Foundations in Public Health Leadership & Practice
PUBH 8402Leadership in Public Health Practice & Policy
PUBH 8416Study Design & Evaluation Methods
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
PUBH 8419Measurement in Public Health & Health Services
PUBH 8420Advanced Analysis & Dissemination
6 credits required global health specialty field courses
PUBH 8406Advanced Topics: Health Research in the Global Arena
PUBH 8407Advanced Topics: Health Leadership in International Settings
Elective specialty field courses (sample list)
7-10 credits from the following:
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6242ClinicalEpid&Decision Analysis
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245InfectiousDisease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epid Surveillance/PublicHealth
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6270HIV/AIDS Surveillance
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6431Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6443Global Health Agreements and Conventions
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
4 credits of professional leadership courses
PUBH 8413Research Leadership
PUBH 8415Instructional Leadership
8-11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation
PUBH 8422Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design
Before enrolling in PUBH 8422, students must have completed the comprehensive examination successfully, obtained the approval of the Program Director, and presented a one-page abstract
PUBH 8423Dissertation Research

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 48 graduate credits are required.
  2. Course requirements: successful completion of the foundational and research methods courses. The program-specific specialty field courses and the professional leadership credits are required.
  3. Comprehensive exam: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
  4. Dissertation: PUBH 8422 Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design plus 6-9 dissertation research credits are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and dissertation research credits have been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
  5. Grade point requirement: A 3.0 (B average) overall grade-point average is required.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within seven (7) years.
  7. No transfer credits are accepted.