Doctor of Public Health
Degree Program Overview
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program at the University of Georgia College of Public Health is designed to prepare graduates for senior level public health practice careers. Options are also available for students with interests in academia or applied research careers in public health.
The degree is designed for students with either an earned Master of Public Health or equivalent degree, or a professional doctorate in areas such as medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy or law. A minimum of three years of relevant public health practice experience is required. Enrollment is diverse, and students include current and former employees of state and local health agencies, non-profit organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Curriculum and Courses
The curricular focus of the program is management, leadership and health policy and development. The degree requires 57 credit hours beyond master’s level.
PBHL 9100 – Doctor of Public Health Seminar I (3 hours)
HPAM 7700 – Ethics of Public Health (3 hours)
HPAM 8800 – Leadership in Public Health (3 hours)
HPAM 8700 – Management of Healthcare Organizations (3 hours)
BIOS 7020 – Biostatistics II (3 hours)
EPID 7020 – Epidemiology II (3 hours)
PBHL 9200 – Doctor of Public Health Seminar II (3 hours)
HPRB 9310 – Health Communications (3 hours)
HPAM 8400 – Policy Analysis in Public Health (3 hours)
HPAM 8410 – Informatics and Analytics in Health (3 hours)
PBHL 9560 – Residency (1-9 hrs)
Comprehensive Doctoral Exams
PBHL 9000 – Doctoral Research (1-12 hrs)
PBHL 9300 – Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 hrs)
The Program will operate on a Fall, Spring and Summer schedule that will allow for completion in four years. Students who wish an accelerated schedule may be accommodated, but requests will have to be handled on a case-by-case basis, and it may require travel to the Athens campus for certain courses.
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This program focuses on a “professional” Dr.P.H. degree targeted toward administrators and practitioners who have three or more years of professional experience beyond the M.P.H. degree. As an advanced professional degree emphasizing methods, applications, and applied research, the Dr.P.H. links theory to practice. Its graduates solve significant public health issues using innovative methods and new knowledge. Prospective careers include high-level administration, teaching, policy-making, applied research, or program evaluation positions in which graduates will utilize the advanced analysis, critical evaluation, and problem-solving skills at the core of the Dr.P.H. program.
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