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All students must hold a master’s or professional degree to be admitted to the doctor of public health program.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 48 credits, including 35 credits in required courses and 13 credits in dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation portfolio project courses. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination also is required.
|Required core courses
|Doctor of Public Health Immersion *
|Leadership Principles and Practice I
|Applied Public Health Methods I
|Public Health Project Management and Social Entrepreneurship
|Public Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
|Leadership Principles and Practice II
|Education and Workforce Development Approaches for Public Health Leaders
|Public Health Communications and Marketing
|Social Change and Collective Impact
|Public Health Policy Analysis
|Organizational Leadership and Change Management
|Applied Public Health Methods II
|Pathways to Public Health **
|Dissertation portfolio courses
|DrPH Seminar and Introduction to DrPH Applied Practice Experience (DAPEx)
|Dissertation Portfolio: Independent Study I for DAPEx and Dissertation Proposal Development (taken for 0 to 2 credits)
|Dissertation Portfolio: Independent Study II for DAPEx and Dissertation Proposal Development
|Dissertation Portfolio: Dissertation Proposal Development
|Dissertation Portfolio: Dissertation Proposal Defense
|Dissertation Portfolio: DAPEx and Dissertation Implementation
|Dissertation Portfolio: Dissertation Development
|Dissertation Portfolio: Dissertation Defense
|Students become eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination after all required coursework has been completed. The comprehensive examination is administered in May each year; specific dates are announced annually. The comprehensive examination may be retaken one time.
*Taken by all DrPH students prior to the start of first fall semester.
**Required only for students who do not have an MPH degree from a CEPH accredited school.