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 (DrPH) degree program is the terminal degree in the professional discipline of public health. Consistent with this advanced professional orientation, the DrPH 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 DrPH program is designed to prepare professionals with skills to provide this leadership.
From the combination of coursework and the implementation of the knowledge in the context of a thesis project in outstanding international placements, the DrPH degree program in Global Health enables professionals to develop innovative approaches and ability to negotiate the complex interrelationship between health and political, economic, and human development.
The DrPH graduate is 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.
Program Policies and Procedures
For program policies and procedures, please refer to the Doctor of Public Health Handbook and other resources located on DrPH in the field of Global Health website.
Visit the program website for additional program information.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 22 credits in required courses, 6 credits in field-specific courses, 7 to 10 credits in elective courses, 2 credits in professional leadership courses, 8 to 11 credits in dissertation preparation and dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
|22 credits in required foundational courses and research methods|
|PUBH 8401||Foundations in Public Health Leadership and Practice|
|PUBH 8402||Leadership and Decision Making: Skills Based Approach|
|PUBH 8403||Leadership in Public Health Policy and Practice|
|PUBH 8416||Study Design & Evaluation Methods|
|PUBH 8418||Applied Statistical Analysis|
|PUBH 8417||Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis|
|PUBH 8419||Measurement in Public Health and Health Services|
|PUBH 8420||Advanced Analysis and Dissemination|
|6 credits in required global health specialty field courses|
|PUBH 8406||Advanced Topics: Health Research in the Global Arena|
|PUBH 8407||Advanced Topics: Health Leadership in International Settings|
|7 to 10 credits in elective specialty field courses (sample list)|
|PUBH 6123||Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy|
|PUBH 6128||Global Environmental and Occupational Health|
|PUBH 6242||Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research|
|PUBH 6244||Cancer Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6245||Infectious Disease Epidemiology|
|PUBH 6250||Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS|
|PUBH 6259||Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health|
|PUBH 6262||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|PUBH 6263||Advanced GIS|
|PUBH 6270||HIV/AIDS Surveillance|
|PUBH 6430||Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions|
|PUBH 6431||Global Health Communication Strategies and Skills|
|PUBH 6435||Global Health Program Development and Implementation|
|PUBH 6440||Global Health Economics and Finance|
|PUBH 6441||Global Health Organizations and Regulations|
|PUBH 6442||Comparative Global Health Systems|
|PUBH 6443||Global Health Agreements and Conventions|
|PUBH 6481||Global Mental Health|
|PUBH 6482||International Food and Nutrition Policy|
|One of the following 2-credit professional leadership courses|
|PUBH 8413||Research Leadership|
|PUBH 8415||Instructional Leadership|
|8 to 11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation|
|PUBH 8422||Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design|
|PUBH 8423||Dissertation Research|
- Credits: Successful completion of 48 credits.
- Curriculum: Successful completion of the foundational, research methods, program-specific specialty field, and professional leadership courses.
- Comprehensive examination: Once the course of study is completed, students are required to pass the comprehensive exam to be officially admitted to the candidacy phase.
- Dissertation: PUBH 8422 Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design plus 6 to 9 credits in dissertation research credits are required. Once the proposal has been successfully defended and the dissertation research credit requirements has been met, the oral defense may be scheduled.
- Grade-point average: A minimum overall grade-point average of B (3.0).
- Time limit: The degree must be completed within seven years.
Note: no transfer credits are accepted.