Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
DOCTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH (DrPH)

The DrPH is the highest professional degree in public health. The goal of our DrPH program is to develop transformative leaders in public health practice who can collaborate with diverse partners across settings and sectors, synthesize knowledge, and generate practice-based evidence. Our program focuses on training innovative leaders who will develop, implement, and disseminate evidence-based programs and policies to address global public health issues, framed by a health equity lens. Students are trained by an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in research and practice, and they benefit from NYU’s location in New York City and an expansive global network.

GPH uses an interdisciplinary approach in its DrPH curriculum, with training in the areas of data and analysis; leadership, management, and governance; policy and programs; and education and workforce development. The GPH program has a specialized focus on communication, collaboration, leadership, implementation science, and ethics.

A total of 42 credit hours is required for the DrPH, including 15 credits of electives. Students are expected to complete the degree within five to seven years, depending on previous academic coursework in public health, and whether the student is registered on a full-time or part-time basis.

GPH strongly believes in the importance of faculty mentoring. Early in the first semester, each DrPH student will be assigned a faculty mentor, based on areas of common interest. The faculty mentor will help the student with selecting relevant electives and developing a plan with recommendations regarding an applied practice experience, qualifying exam preparation, dissertation focus, and other academic issues. Faculty mentors will also help students network with other NYU faculty and with health professionals working in the field.

In addition to faculty mentors, the program will provide coaching to every candidate, helping students develop hands-on leadership and professional skills under the guidance of experienced public health professionals.

DrPH Learning Outcomes

Foundational Competencies

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Program-specific Competencies

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Students admitted with a graduate degree other than an MPH must complete some or all of the five public health pre-requisite courses over the summer prior to starting the required DrPH coursework. It is strongly suggested that students complete these pre-requisite courses prior to matriculation in the fall. If the student cannot complete these 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 1230 Advanced Introduction to Public Health Ethics (3)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3020 Evidence-based Public Health Systems Review Best Practice (0) 
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications: Changing Social Norms in Theory and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 3185 Health Services & Policy Research (3)
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health 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 2347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science (3)
GPH-GU 2248 Teams and Strategies in Public Health Management (3)
GPH-GU 5170 Introduction to Public Health (0 credits) (NOTE: Required only for students without a CEPH-accredited MPH degree)
 

Electives (15 credits):

Students select electives in consultation with their faculty mentor.
 

Other Requirements:

  • Instructional design workshops (online)
  • Instructional design project
  • CDC Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Training (online)
  • 200 hours of an Applied Practice Experience, developed in consultation with the faculty mentor
  • Qualifying examination
  • Dissertation

Students without an MPH must complete the following courses before beginning Year 1 of the program:
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)    

Year 1:
Fall Semester (10.5 credits)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 3185 Health Services & 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 5170 Introduction to Public Health (required for students without a CEPH-accredited MPH) (0)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (optional) (3)

Spring Semester (10.5 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (3)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
GPH-GU 3010 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar II (1.5)
Professional Development Workshop – Instructional Design (0)

Summer Semester (6 credits)
CDC Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training (0)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications (3)
GPH-GU 1230 Advanced Introduction to Public Health Ethics (3)


Year 2
Fall Semester (9 credits)

GPH-GU 2248 Teams and Strategies in Public Health Management (3)
GPH-GU 2347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE II (3)
Professional Development: Instructional Practice

Spring Semester (9 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE III (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE IV (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE V (3)
Applied Practice Experience planning & approval

Summer Semester

  • Applied Practice Experience (minimum 200 hours of a public health leadership project)
  • Applied Practice Experience deliverable (project report)


Year 3
Fall Semester

  • Complete Applied Practice Experience & deliverable, as needed
  • Complete Qualifying Exam

Spring and Summer Semesters

  • Spring: Dissertation proposal preparation
  • Spring: Dissertation Proposal Defense (timeline, methods and topic approved)
  • Summer: Begin dissertation research


Year 4
Fall, 
Spring and Summer Semesters

  • Dissertation research, continued


Year 5
Fall Semester

  • Dissertation research completed
  • Dissertation Defense

Students without an MPH must complete the following courses before beginning Year 1 of the program:
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)    

Year 1:
Fall Semester (4.5 credits)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (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 5170 Introduction to Public Health (required for students without a CEPH-accredited MPH) (0)

Spring Semester (4.5 credits)
GPH-GU 2294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3010 Perspectives in Public Health: Doctoral Seminar II (1.5)
Professional Development Workshop – Instructional Design (0)

Summer Semester (6 credits)
CDC Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) training (0)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications (3)
GPH-GU 1230 Advanced Introduction to Public Health Ethics (3)


Year 2
Fall Semester (6 credits)

GPH-GU 3185 Health Services and Policy Research (3)
GPH-GU 2248 Teams and Strategies in Public Health Management (3)
Professional Development Workshop: Instructional Practice (0)

Spring Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (3)

Summer Semester (3 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE II (3)


Year 3
Fall Semester (6 credits)

GPH-GU ELECTIVE III (3)
GPH-GU 2347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science (3)

Spring Semester (6 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE IV (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE V (3)
Applied Practice Experience planning & approval

Summer Semester

  • Applied Practice experience (200 hours of a public health leadership project)


Year 4
Fall Semester

  • Complete Applied Practice Experience & deliverable (project report)

Spring Semester

  • Complete Qualifying Exam

Summer Semester

  • Dissertation proposal preparation


Year 5
Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

  • Fall: Dissertation proposal defense
  • Spring & Summer: Dissertation research


Year 6
Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Fall: Dissertation research, continued
  • Spring: Dissertation Defense

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are expected to have earned an MPH or another relevant graduate degree (e.g., in epidemiology, medicine, nursing, social work, or public administration). Students entering the program with a graduate degree but without an MPH are required to complete the five pre-requisite courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, and social and behavioral science, before matriculating into the program. Successful applicants will have relevant public health work experience, a demonstrable potential for leadership in public health, and a clear sense of why they wish to pursue a DrPH.

Applicants to the DrPH program must submit the following documentation:

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

Application Deadline:

December 1, 2021

Tuition & Financial Aid:

Tuition and fees vary for NYU students based on your term of admittance 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!