DrPH Degree Requirements

The School of Public Health offers two doctoral programs in three different concentrations.

  • Doctor in Public Health (DrPH) in Epidemiology and Environmental Health
    • Concentration in Epidemiology
    • Concentration in Environmental Health
  • DrPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

DrPH in Epidemiology and Environmental Health

  • Concentration in Epidemiology

    This is an advanced professional degree for those whose career goals are in the area of professional practice in public health, including current and potential leaders in public health practice. This degree will prepare candidates for a career in high-level administration, teaching or practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required. SPH currently offers a joint DrPH degree in epidemiology and environmental and occupational health sciences. Applicants are required to have a master's degree, and it is preferred that the degree be in either epidemiology or environmental and occupation health sciences.

  • Concentration in Environmental Health

    The Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health is for those individuals whose goal is to be a leader in Public Health practice in environmental health and occupational safety. SPH currently offers a joint DrPH degree in epidemiology and environmental and occupational health sciences. Applicants are required to have a master's degree, and it is preferred that the degree be in either environmental and occupation health sciences, engineering, or a basic science.

Curriculum

Theoretical, Methodical and Strategic Elements of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Epidemiology Methods II, Epidemiology Methods III, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, Data Management/Computing, Biostatistics II, Categorical Data Analysis, Analysis of Longitudinal and Multilevel Data, Environmental and Occupational Diseases

24 hours

Concentration and Method Courses

Courses or demonstration of competencies must be approved by the student advisory committee but typically include familiarity with Specific Epidemiology Studies, Environmental Measurements, and Community Health

24 hours

Required Classes

Scientific Ethics Class, Doctoral Seminar Class, Practicum

9 hours

Doctoral Capstone (Research hours)

9 hours

Total Hours: 66 semester credit hours*

*This represents a minimum of required coursework with additional hours required depending upon the student’s background and particular field of study.


DrPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences

Curriculum

Theoretical and Strategic Elements of Social & Behavioral Health

Seminar in Public Health History & Issues, Seminar in Theoretical Foundations, Seminar in Change Strategies & Interventions, Seminar in Program Evaluation

12 hours

Populations, Settings & Problems

Courses providing advanced knowledge for the development and application of theory and strategies to specific populations, particular settings, or problems of interest.

15 - 18 hours

Research Methods, Data Management & Strategies

Courses or demonstration of competencies must be approved by the student advisory committee but typically include familiarity with complex multivariate regression techniques, causal or hierarchical modeling, measurement, data management, qualitative methods, and research interpretation and integration.

18 - 21 hours

Dissertation

9 hours

Total Hours: 54 semester credit hours*

* This requires a minimum of required coursework with additional hours required depending upon the student’s background and particular field of study.