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Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Online and Onsite | Part-Time | 49 Years

About the Doctor of Public Health Program

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As the most advanced, professional qualification in public health, the DrPH prepares early- to mid-career domestic and international public health professionals to assume leadership roles in public health policy and practice positions as well as in health services delivery settings.

The Schoolwide DrPH program is a flexible, part-time program delivered online with the option of taking onsite courses.

  1. The Online Only option is for students who wish to take all of their courses online and not travel to Baltimore for onsite courses.
  2. The Online Plus option * (minimum onsite requirement of 4 credits) is for students who wish to take some face-to-face onsite courses.

Students are expected to remain in relevant public health employment throughout their studies.

The DrPH program is built around foundational competencies that focus on leadership, analytical skills, communication, policy, management, and program design and evaluation. Instruction is delivered through an integrated sequence of problem-based learning classes that address current public health challenges and provide students with opportunities to apply skills in a close to real-life setting.

*For international students (pending SEVP approval) :

  • F-1 I-20 applications are possible for taking four or more credits of instruction during the summer or winter institute in Baltimore;
  • F-1 I-20 applications require four or more credits of instruction in two consecutive weeks for each visit;
  • F-1 I-20s cannot be issued for instruction during an 8-week term.

The DrPH allows professionals to continue improving health and saving lives while pursuing their studies wherever they are in the world.

Doctor of Public Health Program Highlights


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What Can You Do With a DrPH?

Visit the Graduate Employment Outcomes Dashboard to learn about Bloomberg School graduates' employment status, sector, and salaries.

Sample Careers

  • Tenure Track Faculty
  • Environmental Health Engineer
  • Public Health Flight Commander
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialist
  • Senior Bio-surveillance Specialist
  • Senior Policy Advisor & Staff Director
  • President & CEO, Medical System
  • Federal Data Strategy Analyst
  • Chief Data Scientist
  • VP Organizational Excellence & Quality
  • Nurse Manager
  • Chief Impact & Equity Officer
  • City Police Chief
  • Senior Counsel for Elder Justice
  • COO & Deputy Health Commissioner
  • Lead, Population Health Informatics
  • Director of Patient Safety
  • Assistant VP Care Transformation, Medical System
  • Consultant
  • Director, Epidemiology Intelligence Unit, Ministry of Health
  • Humanitarian Director
  • Deputy Country Director

Where Can You Work With a DrPH?

Sample Organizations

  • Seattle & King County Public Health
  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • Nebraska Dept. of HHS
  • Texas Department of State Health Health Services
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • NYC Department of Mental Health & Mental Hygiene
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Children's National Hospital
  • St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • MedStar Health
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Universities: Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Case Western  Reserve, Georgia State, Wisconsin, New Mexico
  • Merck
  • IBM
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Indian Health Service
  • Cheyenne Regional Health System
  • Pew Charitable Trusts
  • United Way of Rhode Island
  • Durham VA Health Care Center
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Dover Air Force Base
  • USAID, WHO, World Bank, UN
  • Medicins Sans Frontiers
  • Ministry of Health: Kuwait, Thailand
  • International Planned Parenthood Federation

Curriculum for the Doctor of Public Health

Students in the DrPH Program complete a minimum of 30 credits of foundational course work taken by all DrPH students to meet the CEPH foundational DrPH competencies, which include a minimum of 6 credits of data analysis course work. Students also take an additional 27 credits of course work related to their concentration or track, and a minimum of 7 proposal and thesis credits. Overall, the DrPH requires a minimum total of 64 credits for graduation.


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Admissions Requirements

For the general admissions requirements see our How to Apply page. The specific program also requires:

Prior Graduate Degree

MPH or other health-related master's degree; students who have not completed coursework in Biostatistics and Epidemiology may need to take additional coursework concurrent with the 57 didactic credits required for the DrPH.

Prior Work Experience

Minimum 3 years of professional, full-time public health experience in the applicant's area of interest by the Dec. 1st application deadline.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required and not reviewed for this program. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as a metric during the application review. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all required application components.

Student Sponsorship

This program currently does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.


Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA

Mark Bittle is the Chair of the schoolwide Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program and a senior scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He currently serves as director for the School's Master of Health Administration and the Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management. His work focuses on the organizational and management factors that influence physician alignment and managing change in complex organizations.

Mark J. Bittle, DrPH, MBA
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Renee M. Johnson, PhD, MPH

Renee M. Johnson is Deputy Chair of the schoolwide Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program. She is also Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Mental Health. She co-directs NIH-funded Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program and previously served on the MPH Executive Board. Her work addresses substance use, injury and violence, overdose prevention, and adolescent health.

Tuition and Funding

Part-time DrPH students pay by the credit and finance their graduate studies through a variety of funding options ranging from paying out of pocket, to utilizing employer tuition remission benefits, financial aid, external scholarships, and military funding.

Bloomberg American Health Initiative DrPH Fellowships

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative offers 8-10 highly competitive fellowships for incoming DrPH students currently working with U.S. organizations on the front lines of one of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s five focus areas: addiction and overdose, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, risks to adolescent health, and violence. A separate application process is required for consideration. Please note that only about 12% of fellowship applicants receive an award. It is important that applicants consider additional funding means prior to applying for the DrPH Program.

For further details regarding eligibility and the application process, please visit the Bloomberg American Health Initiative website.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Katie Cruit, MS
DrPH Program Manager

Madison Nuzzo, BS
DrPH Administrative Coordinator 

Sheryl Flythe, BS
Program Adviser

Janet Carn, M.Ed.
Program Adviser

Ashley Conroy-Tabrizi, MAT
Program Adviser


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