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Doctoral Programs

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Online and Onsite | Part-Time | 49 Years

About This 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 through online and intensive, week-long on-site courses in summer and winter institutes (in June and January respectively). 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.

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

Program Highlights


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What Can You Do With This Degree?

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 This Degree?

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


Students in the DrPH Program complete a minimum of 29 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 28 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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Concentrations & Tracks

Custom Track

Environmental Health Concentration (2 tracks available)

  • Environmental Health Track
  • Health Security Track

Global Health: Policy & Evaluation Concentration

Health Equity & Social Justice Concentration

Health Policy & Management Concentration (4 tracks available)

  • Healthcare Management & Leadership
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Quality & Patient Safety

Implementation Science Concentration

    Women's & Reproductive Health Concentration (under development and pending MHEC approval)




      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 an MPH may need to take additional core 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.


      Janice V. Bowie, PhD, MPH,

      Chair of the Doctor of Public Health program, is an expert in health disparities and community-based research methods.

      Janice Bowie

      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.

      Brenda K. Hedrick, PhD, MA

      Academic Program Manager


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