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Doctor of Public Health

Dr.P.H. Program

Overview

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program at Georgia Southern University is committed to producing public health practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to contribute to an effective public health workforce. The Dr.P.H. prepares professionals for broad-based practice in public health, through the integration of advanced courses in public health sciences (biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences), a community-based practice core and advanced courses in three concentration areas: Biostatistics, Public Health Leadership, Community Health Behavior and Education. The program serves both the full-time student preparing for a career in public health, as well as currently employed public health professionals seeking an advanced education to augment their existing skills and backgrounds.

The Dr.P.H. degree is the terminal professional degree conferred in recognition of an individual’s command of a comprehensive body of knowledge in the field of public health and related disciplines, and of the proven ability to initiate, organize, and pursue the investigation of significant problems in public health practice.

Those who earn this degree are expected to occupy leadership positions in public health and related areas. Additionally, individuals earning this degree will be positioned to exert significant influence on the development of policies and programs aimed at improving the health of populations in the region. It is anticipated that such positions will represent considerable diversity with respect to international, national, state or local levels; and in the public or private sector. In addition, those who earn the Dr.P.H. degree may also seek teaching and research positions at colleges and universities.

Purpose

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is the terminal professional degree for those who intend to pursue or advance their professional practice career in public health. Public health practice involves the strategic, organized and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services necessary to improve the population’s health.

The Dr.P.H. is conferred in recognition of the candidate’s command of a comprehensive body of knowledge in public health, their ability to initiate, organize and pursue the investigation of significant problems in public health, and their capacity to formulate policies, strategies, and/or programs on the basis of the knowledge generated. The Dr.P.H. leads to a career in administration, teaching, or public health practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required.

The Dr.P.H. program expands the competencies included in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program for all matriculating students, with increased emphasis on advanced skills in evidenced-based problem-solving. Students who have not completed one or more of the M.P.H. core public health courses must complete these courses as part of their doctoral program. In addition, those students are required to complete a minimum of 63 credit hours for the doctoral degree. Students with a master’s degree other than in public health may be required to take health or health-related courses in addition to the 63 minimum credit hours.

Areas of Concentration

The Dr.P.H. Program offers students the opportunity to specialize their training in three program concentration areas:

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health • P.O. Box 8015 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-2674 • jphcoph@georgiasouthern.edu