Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership, Management, and Policy

The following academic requirements apply to students matriculating in the academic year 2018–2019.

  • Completion of a minimum of 48 credits of graduate-level courses
  • Completion of required core DrPH program courses
  • Completion of approved research design and methods, management and finance, and policy electives
  • Completion of public health leadership practicum
  • Comprehensive examination
  • Dissertation topic approval
  • Dissertation proposal approval
  • Oral defense of public health practice dissertation
  • Completion of the degree in five years for full-time students and seven years for part-time students

DrPH Program Requirements

In keeping with its interdisciplinary approach to doctoral education, the DrPH Program offers students the opportunity to fulfill their program requirements through unique core courses and a variety of electives offered by all School of Public Health concentrations. The DrPH curriculum emphasizes a mixture of professional and academic skills that focus on leadership and management, advocacy and policy, ethics, finance, and research methods. Full-time students must complete the program within five years; part-time students must complete the program within seven years. Incoming students who do not hold a Master of Public Health are required to complete prerequisite coursework in biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and health policy and management. All DrPH students must complete the following core courses. DrPH students must receive at least a 3.0 (B) grade in each of these classes, as well as all other required and elective coursework.

Foundations of Public Health

Effective public health requires expertise from many disciplines, and students need to have a broad foundation of knowledge across these diverse disciplines in order to collaborate effectively with other health professionals.

SPH 700 Foundations of Public Health (0 credits) is an online course designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in the profession and science of public health and factors related to public health. PH 700 meets the foundational knowledge criteria (as outlined by CEPH) for all SPH students.

DrPH Program Core Courses

  • PH 842 Research Theory and Design (2 cr)
  • PH 843 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis for Public Health (2 cr)
  • PH 844 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis for Public Health (2 cr)
  • PH 851 Needs Assessment (4 cr)
  • PH 853 Strategic Planning and Communications (4 cr)
  • PH 854 Program and Policy Evaluation (4 cr)
  • PH 856 Law and Ethics for Public Health Leaders (2 cr)
  • PH 857 Health Economics and Financial Management for Public Health (4 cr)
  • PH 858 Cases in Public Health Management (4 cr)
  • PH 866 Public Health Leadership Seminar (0 cr)
  • PH 986 Public Health Practicum (0 cr)
  • PM 831 Implementation Science (2 cr)
  • PM 835 Lean Management (4 cr)

Additional Course Requirements

In addition to the core course requirements, students will complete 4 research design and methods credits, 4 management or finance credits, and 6 policy and advocacy credits. Students will be able to choose from a list of elective courses that have been approved by the DrPH Program. (Please see the DrPH Program Student Guidebook for the complete list of preapproved courses.) Students may petition to take a course that is not on the elective list by making a request to the assistant dean for DrPH education. Students should consult with their advisors to choose the courses that will be most applicable to their program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

DrPH students’ progress will be assessed each semester by the DrPH Committee, and students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress during each review period. The Program Director and advisors will work with students who are deemed to be in difficulty. For more information, see the DrPH Program Guide.

All DrPH students must adhere to the Graduation Calendar in preparing and submitting their dissertations.

All SPH students will need a laptop or tablet for classes, purchased according to the recommendations of the Medical Campus Information Technology professionals.