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.

Program requirements:

22 credits in required foundational courses and research methods
PUBH 8401Foundations in Public Health Leadership and Practice
PUBH 8402Leadership and Decision Making: Skills Based Approach
PUBH 8403Leadership in Public Health Policy and Practice
PUBH 8416Study Design & Evaluation Methods
PUBH 8418Applied Statistical Analysis
PUBH 8417Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
PUBH 8419Measurement in Public Health and Health Services
PUBH 8420Advanced Analysis and Dissemination
6 credits in required global health specialty field courses
PUBH 8406Advanced Topics: Health Research in the Global Arena
PUBH 8407Advanced Topics: Health Leadership in International Settings
7 to 10 credits in elective specialty field courses (sample list)
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6128Global Environmental and Occupational Health
PUBH 6242Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health: Reading the Research
PUBH 6244Cancer Epidemiology
PUBH 6245Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic 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
One of the following 2-credit professional leadership courses
PUBH 8413Research Leadership
PUBH 8415Instructional Leadership
8 to 11 credits of dissertation preparation and dissertation
PUBH 8422Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design
PUBH 8423Dissertation Research

Graduation Requirements

  1. Credits: Successful completion of 48 credits.
  2. Curriculum: Successful completion of the foundational, research methods, program-specific specialty field, and professional leadership courses.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Grade-point average: A minimum overall grade-point average of B (3.0).
  6. Time limit: The degree must be completed within seven years.

Note: no transfer credits are accepted.