Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

As an experienced public health practitioner and student in SPH’s DrPH program, you’ll get the advanced training and credentials you need to move into a leadership position, whatever your specialty area within public health. In this practice-oriented, interdepartmental program, you’ll learn to develop, implement, and evaluate national and global public health programs and policies. With a DrPH, the highest professional degree in the field, you can take your career to the next level and beyond.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program is an interdepartmental offering intended for experienced public health professionals who seek advanced training for leadership positions in public health. The DrPH is the highest professional degree in public health. This practice-oriented degree program will train public health professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and policies nationally and internationally. A fulltime DrPH student with a master’s degree prior to admission will be allowed a maximum of 5 years from matriculation to graduation to complete the degree program; all part-time students will be allowed a maximum of 7 years.

Program of Study

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The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program offers tuition scholarships to incoming doctoral students. All newly matriculated DrPH students are eligible to receive these scholarships, regardless of citizenship status, and no additional financial aid application is required. DrPH students have also received funding through various doctoral training grants run by faculty, including the HRSA/MCHB-funded MCH Applied Research Fellowship Program. Many part-time DrPH students have financed their doctoral education through the tuition remission program offered to full-time employees of Boston University.

The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) at the Boston University Medical Campus is responsible for the coordination of need-based financial aid and federal loans for BU School of Public Health. Students may be eligible for the following types of aid based on their degree program, demonstrated need, and availability of funds:

  • need-based financial assistance (scholarships for first year students)
  • work-study (ask SFS about availability)
  • educational loans (Federal Direct, Perkins, information regarding PLUS loans)

Students seeking institutional and/or federal need-based aid should visit the Student Financial Services website for application procedures. Please note that financial aid packages are offered annually for the fall and spring semesters. Students must apply for aid each year and packages are subject to change from year to year based on availability of funding. You may also request aid for summer term.

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Doctor of Public Health Admissions Requirements

Learn more about the DrPH degree program’s full admissions requirements and application deadlines.

For inquiries regarding the DrPH program, please contact the Doctoral Education Program Manager, Sebastian T. Bach, at

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