Courses

Pre-requisites

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)

Degree Requirements

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 3294 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 3030 DrPH Public Health Leadership Seminar I (1.5)
GPH-GU 3035 DrPH Public Health Leadership Seminar II (1.5)
GPH-GU 3347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science (3)
GPH-GU 3248 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

 


 

Course Sequences

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 3248 Teams and Strategies in Public Health Management (3)*
GPH-GU 3030 DrPH Public Health Leadership Seminar I (1.5)
GPH-GU 3185 Health Services & Policy Research (3)
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 (9 credits)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (3)
GPH-GU 3294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 3050 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
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 (10.5 credits)

GPH-GU 3035 DrPH Public Health Seminar II (1.5)*
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)*
GPH-GU 3347 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

  • MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Complete Applied Practice Experience & deliverable, as needed
  • Complete Qualifying Exam

Spring and Summer Semesters

  • Spring: MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Spring: Dissertation proposal preparation
  • Spring: Dissertation Proposal Defense (timeline, methods and topic approved)
  • Summer: Begin dissertation research

 

Year 4
Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

  • Fall & Spring: MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Dissertation research, continued

 

Year 5
Fall Semester

  • MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Dissertation research completed
  • Dissertation Defense

* students who matriculated prior to Fall 2022 take these courses in a different order: GPH-GU 5320 is taken in the first Fall; GPH-GU 3248 is taken in the second Fall; GPH-GU 3035 is taken in the first Spring.

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 3248 Teams and Strategies in Public Health Management (3)*
GPH-GU 3030 DrPH Public Health Leadership 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 (6 credits)
GPH-GU 3294 Designing and Managing Organizations in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU ELECTIVE I (3)
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 (4.5 credits)

GPH-GU 3347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science (3)
GPH-GU 3035 DrPH Public Health Leadership Seminar II (1.5)*
Professional Development Workshop: Instructional Practice (0)

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

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

 

Year 3:
Fall Semester (6 credits)

GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)*
GPH-GU 3185 Health Services and Policy Research (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

  • MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Complete Applied Practice Experience & deliverable (project report)

Spring Semester

  • MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Complete Qualifying Exam

Summer Semester

  • Dissertation proposal preparation

 

Year 5:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

  • Fall & Spring: MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Fall: Dissertation proposal defense
  • Spring & Summer: Dissertation research

 

Year 6:
Fall Semester

  • Fall & Spring: MAINT-GU 4747 Maintenance of Matriculation (0)
  • Fall: Dissertation research, continued

Spring Semester

  • Dissertation Defense

 

* students who matriculated prior to Fall 2022 take these courses in a different order: GPH-GU 5320 is taken in the first Fall; GPH-GU 3248 is taken in the second Fall; GPH-GU 3035 is taken in the first Spring.