Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

The highest degree in the public health profession, the DrPH is designed to provide public health professionals with leadership, analytic, policy, and communication skills. It prepares those who wish to lead, teach, practice or conduct applied research on the most challenging global public health issues.

GPH uses an interdisciplinary approach in its DrPH curriculum, focusing on data and analysis; management and governance; and education and workforce development. It emphasizes applied practice work, with graduates working or planning to work in leadership roles in public health or related fields.

Successful applicants will have relevant work experience and a clear sense of why they wish to pursue a DrPH. They will be trained by an interdisciplinary group of dedicated faculty who are leading scholars and experts in public health research and practice, and they will benefit from practice opportunities across NYU’s expansive global network.

A total of 42 credit hours is required for the DrPH, including 15 credits of electives, depending on the student’s area of interest. These areas of interest represent CEPH’s four domains that students are required to master in order to graduate: Data and Analysis; Policy and Programs; Leadership, Management, and Governance; and Education and Workshop Development. Students are expected to complete the degree within three to four years, depending on previous academic coursework in public health, and whether or not the student is registered on a full-time or part-time basis.

GPH strongly believes in the importance of faculty mentoring and executive coaching. Early in the first semester, each DrPH student will be assigned two faculty mentors who are chosen based on their area of interest. The faculty mentors will help the student with the selection of relevant coursework and development of a three-year training plan that includes recommendations regarding field placement, comprehensive exam preparation and other academic issues.

In addition to faculty mentors the School will also provide executive coaching to every candidate, helping the student develop leadership competencies including professional presentation skills, resume preparation, job search strategies, etc.

 

Graduates of the DrPH program will learn to:

  1. Allocate resources efficiently and effectively by developing persuasive investment cases and budgets for public health programs and strategies;
  2. Produce compelling and effective communication programs in public health;
  3. Design collaborative strategies to build high-performance teams and organizations;
  4. Apply systems thinking and strategy to develop innovative approaches and creative solutions to public health challenges;
  5. Ensure that research and practice incorporate principles of ethics, equity, and minimization of disparities by demonstrating integrity, honesty, professionalism and ethical practices; and by applying a social justice framework to understand the health of individuals, communities, and populations.

All graduates are also required to develop the 20 core CEPH competencies.

Students admitted with a master’s degree other than an MPH must complete some or all of the five prerequisite courses over the summer prior to starting the required DrPH coursework. It is strongly suggested that all students have completed these foundational courses prior to matriculation in the fall. If the student cannot complete these prerequisite courses in the summer, the student may be required to take a heavier course load in Year One. The Pre-requisite courses are as follows:

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)

DrPH Required Courses (27 Credits):

GPH-GU 3110 Advanced Public Health Policy & Management (3) 
GPH-GU 1230 Advanced Introduction to Public Health Ethics (3)
GPH-GU 9325 Behavioral Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
GPH-GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investment (3) 
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3) 
GPH-GU 3294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3020 Evidence-based Public Health Systems Review Best Practice (0) 
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3) 
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 3000 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar I (1.5)
GPH-GU 3010 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar II (1.5)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

In addition to the above course requirements, the program requires students to complete a qualifying written exam and a qualifying oral exam, in addition to 200 hours of an applied practice experience, culminating with a dissertation.

Year 1:
Fall Semester (10.5 credits)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investment (3)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 3000 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar I (1.5)
GPH-GU 3020 Evidence-based Public Health Systems Review Best Practice (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
Executive Coaching Session I (0)
Professional Development Workshop (0)

Spring Semester (10.5 credits)
GPH-GU 3110 Advanced Public Health Policy & Management (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health  (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3010 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar II (1.5)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
Professional Development Workshop (0)
Executive Coaching Session II and III (0)

Summer Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (3)


Year 2
Fall Semester (9 credits)

GPH-GU 1230 Advanced Introduction to Public Health Ethics (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE II (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE III (3)
Executive Coaching Session I (0)
Qualifying WRITTEN Exam preparation and completion (January) (0)

Spring Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE IV (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE V (3)
Executive Coaching Session II and III (0)
Qualification ORAL Exam preparation and completion (May) (0)


Summer Semester

  • Begin Applied Practice Experience (200 hours of a public health practice experience; example, 40hrs/week for 5 weeks
  • Complete Applied Practice Experience (deliverable: manuscript/white paper)
  • Dissertation Proposal Preparation (including dissertation proposal defense question)

Year 3
Fall, Spring and Summer

  • Executive Coaching Session I, II and III
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense Contd., (timeline, methods and question approved)
  • Dissertation development (writing, collection, analyzing data, results) (40 hrs per week/15 weeks)

Year 4
Fall, Spring and Summer

  • Executive Coaching Session I, II and III
  • Dissertation Development and Defense (40 hrs per week/15 weeks)

Year 5
Fall, Spring and Summer

  • Executive Coaching Session I, II and III
  • Dissertation development, continued (40 hrs per week/15 weeks)
  • Dissertation Defense

Admission Requirements:

Prospective students are expected to hold a master’s degree (e.g., in epidemiology, international affairs, nutrition, nursing, public health, public policy, or social work). However, students entering the program with a graduate degree but without an MPH will be required to complete the five core, pre-requisite courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, social and behavioral science, and public health biology before they matriculate into the program.

Applicants to the DrPH must submit the following documentation for review:

  1. A curriculum vitae;
  2. Three letters of recommendation;
  3. A personal statement explaining why you’re interested in the program;
  4. An official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended or attending

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2021

Tuition & Financial Aid:

Tuition and fees vary for NYU students based on your admit term and the number of credit hours taken. While there is no financial aid available for this degree program, you can find more information here.

For a complete list of application requirements and to apply for the DrPH, please complete the SOPHAS application!