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Dr.P.H. Curriculum

Dr.P.H. Program

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is an advanced professional degree designed for highly motivated students who either have a first professional degree or a substantial interest in public health. Unique sequencing of courses, community-based practice activities and practicum, and field/laboratory research provide students with a unique comprehensive curriculum to advance their skills in public health practice.

The Dr.P.H. program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours and is offered on both a full-and part-time basis. The overall curriculum model includes:

Curriculum Component Credit Hours
Public Health Sciences Core 24
Program Concentration 24
Doctoral Public Health Field 3
Dissertation 9
Total Hours (minimum) 60

The Dr.P.H. Public Health Sciences Core provides advanced courses in the core disciplines of public health. The Community-Based Practice Core courses are designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to community based participatory research, program planning and evaluation, and public health funding and grantsmanship. Advanced specialty coursework develops the skills and knowledge upon which to build or enhance a career in public health. Selective courses are available in three core areas of concentration: Biostatistics, Public Health Leadership and Community Health Behavior and Education.

An important practical experience in a public health venue is a field practicum in a public health related setting. Dr.P.H. students will complete a 300 hour preceptorship under the joint direction of a qualified specialist working in the area of concentration and a public health faculty member.

The Dissertation serves as the culminating academic experience for students in the Dr.P.H. program. The dissertation requires the student to defend (both orally and in written format) a data-based project that integrates their area of specialization with public health practice.

Last updated: 6/21/2014