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Dr.P.H. in Public Health Leadership


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) degree – Public Health Leadership program concentration is to develop with appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities, public health leaders. The curriculum is focused on providing leadership training and experiences in the public health community. The goal of the Public Health Leadership Program is to prepare leaders adept at complex problem solving, efficient utilization of resources, analyzing health needs in the community, policy development and implementation and partnership building. Upon completing this program, students will be prepared to assume a wide array of advanced leadership roles throughout public health to improve the health of communities, reduce health disparities, develop the health and public health infrastructure, and serve diverse populations.

Overview and Course Requirements

All Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health students who select to study the Dr.P.H. – Public Health Leadership degree program will complete a minimum of 60 credits. Students pursuing this degree will take Public Health Sciences Core Courses (24 credits), Advanced Program Concentration Courses – Public Health Leadership (24 credits inclusive of elective), Doctoral Public Health Field Preceptorship (3 hours) and a Dissertation (9 hours). Upon completion of the Dr.P.H. – Public Health Leadership students will be trained to provide leadership in public health and health organizations in a variety of settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Shamia Garrett, M.P.H.
Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Public Health Leadership Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Demonstrate their readiness to work with communities to address public health problems.
  2. Select and apply theoretically based interventions to address public health problems.
  3. Apply appropriate research methods to address community health problems, particularly among rural and underserved populations.

Public Health Leadership Concentration

  1. Interpret and formulate a “systems thinking” approach to solving public health problems associated with organizations.
  2. Appropriately utilize leadership skills to plan, design, implement, and assess public health intervention programs.
  3. Critique and respond to the many internal and external conditions that can influence resource allocation on communities, with an emphasis in rural and underserved areas.
  4. Formulate and conduct relevant policy-based research using appropriate research designs and analytic techniques.
  5. Communicate public health leadership principles and concepts to lay and professional audiences through both oral and written communication.
Public Health Leadership Competencies

At the completion of the Dr.P.H. degree program all Public Health Leadership students will be able to:

Cross-cutting Competencies

  1. Apply evidence-based practice, generation of practice-based evidence, and leadership positions that apply and synthesize translational and implementation science findings in governmental, non-profit, and private-sector settings as well as teaching, research, and service in academic roles at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to generate products that discover, apply, and synthesize evidence from a broad range of disciplines and health-related data sources, in order to advance programs, policies, or systems addressing population health.  Learning products may be created in a range of formats.
  3. Demonstrate leadership in increasingly interdisciplinary, interprofessional,  and cross­sectoral roles and settings.
  4. Develop innovative, current, and proactive approaches to adapt to the ever-changing public health systems and health care landscape.
  5. Explain a core, interdisciplinary orientation toward evidence-based public health practice, leadership, policy analysis and development, evaluation methods, and translational and implementation research to generate practice-based evidence.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to work in a global context, recognizing the relationships among domestic and global issues.

Public Health Leadership Competencies

  1. Evaluate the economic, professional, social and legislative influences as well as values and ethical dilemmas in public health that are inherent in efforts to control cost, while assuring access and quality of services, safety and preparedness, for the public.
  2. Analyze the trends in planning, resource allocation, and financing and their effects on consumers, providers, and payers in public health; evaluate the main components and issues of the organization, financing and delivery of public health systems in the US.
  3. Evaluate the application and role of policy and management on the conduct of public health research and practice through the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods for public health problem solving; evaluate grants, proposals or cooperative agreements for funding from external sources.
  4. Assess the ability to manage programs within budget constraints through analysis of budget preparation with justification and evaluation as related to public health initiatives; apply prevention effectiveness models to prevention strategies through cost effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost-utility analysis.
  5. Analyze leadership skills for building partnerships in public health; analyze health policy and management effectiveness using appropriate channels and technologies.
  6. Evaluate the process for strategic planning and marketing for public health through the analysis of quality, cost benefit, and performance improvement concepts and develop a plan to implement a policy or program, including goals, outcomes and process objectives, staffing plans, budget and implementation steps.
  7. Analyze the policy development, assessment, and evaluation process for improving the health status of populations including urban rural differences wile applying population and individual ethical considerations in relation to benefit, cost and burden of public health programs. Use this knowledge to advocate for programs and resources that advance the health of the population
  8. Analyze information from various sources to resource and program decision making and evaluate how “systems thinking” can contribute to solving public health organizational issues and problems while being mindful of the principles of health equity for public health problem solving.
Required Courses
Public Health Core Courses (24 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
PUBH 8130 Advanced Topics in Biostatistics 3
PUBH 8132 Environmental and Occupational Health 3
PUBH 8133 Epidemiologic Methods 3
PUBH 8134 Health Economics, Policy and the Political Process 3
PUBH 8136 Theoretical Perspectives of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 3
PUBH 9130 Sampling Methodology 3
PUBH 9132 Community-Based Research in Public Health 3
PUBH 9135 Public Health, Funding and Grantsmanship 3
Advanced Courses in Public Health Leadership (24 Credit Hours)
PHLD 9130 Public Health Research Methods 3
PHLD 9131 Leadership Foundations and Strategies for Health Organizations 3
PHLD 9133 Health Organization Communication 3
PHLD 9231 Health Informatics and Decision Making 3
PHLD 9331 Health Policy, Regulation and Ethics 3
PHLD 9333 Health Organization Strategic and Contingency Planning 3
PHLD 9334 Financial Management of Public Health Organizations and Programs 3
PUBH 9630 Public Health Doctoral Seminar 3
Doctoral Public Health Field Practicum (3 Credit Hours)
PUBH 9790 Doctoral Preceptorship in Public Health 3
Note: 300 hours of field experience under the joint direction of a public health faculty member and a qualified specialist working in the area of concentration.
Dissertation (9 Credit Hours)
PUBH 9999 Dissertation 9
Total Credit Hours 60
Public Health Leadership Concentration Documents
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3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission)

Last updated: 8/30/2015