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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 preparing you as a public health practitioner. You will learn the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to contribute to an effective public health workforce. The program serves both the full-time student preparing for a career in public health and currently employed public health professionals seeking an advanced education to augment their existing skills and backgrounds. If you’re interested in admission to this public health doctoral program, start your application.

Courses and Program Details

The doctorate degree in public health prepares you for broad-based practice in public health, through the integration of advanced courses in public health sciences, including:

  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services administration
  • Social and behavioral sciences

You will take community-based practice core and advanced courses in three concentration areas: Biostatistics, Public Health Leadership, Community Health Behavior and Education.

Areas of Concentration

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

What to Do with Your Degree

The Dr.P.H. program offers the terminal professional degree conferred in recognition of your 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. Find out the public health competencies you’ll learn by completing the program.

The Dr.P.H. leads to a career in administration, teaching, or public health practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. After earning this degree, you are expected to occupy leadership positions in public health and related areas. Additionally, you are positioned to exert significant influence on the development of policies and programs aimed at improving the health of populations in the region. 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.

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