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DrPH in Public Health Leadership


The mission of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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 DrPH – 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 DrPH – Public Health Leadership students will be trained to provide leadership in public health and health organizations in a variety of settings.

JPHCOPH Graduate Advisor

Coordinator, Office of Student Services
Phone: (912) 478-2674

Advising Hours

By appointment only

Public Health Leadership Competencies

At the completion of the DrPH degree program all Public Health Leadership students will be able to:

Public Health Leadership Competencies

  1. Apply leadership skills for building partnerships in public health.
  2. Evaluate how systems thinking can contribute to solving public health organizational issues and problems.
  3. Analyze the policy development, assessment, evaluation process, and legal environment for improving the health status of populations.
  4. Evaluate the process for strategic planning and marketing for public health through analysis of quality, cost benefit, and performance improvement concepts.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to manage of programs within budget constraints through resource allocation, financing, and evaluation.

Course Requirements

Course requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Georgia Southern University Graduate Catalog.


Public Health Leadership Concentration Documents

3-Year Plan of Study (Fall Admission 2019)DrPH Public Health Leadership Plan of Study PDF
3-Year Plan of Study (previous academic years)DrPH Public Health Leadership 2017 Plan of Study PDF

Last updated: 4/2/2019