Doctor of Philosophy

We offer advanced research and training opportunities to future public health scientists through our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, offered at our CU Anschutz Medical Campus location.

If accepted into our PhD program, you may receive tuition assistance and a stipend, depending on your concentration and availability of funds. While you're in the program, you'll work directly with a faculty research mentor to develop a greater understanding of the research process and methods that will allow you to find the answers to your public health questions. Our students also have the administrative support of the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School staff to navigate the curriculum and requirements. When you graduate, you'll be ready for the next step in your career as an independent scientist.


Select the concentration(s) that appeal to you from the list below. Learn more about the skills you'll gain, courses you'll take, and careers you could pursue with this degree.

PhD vs. DrPh

The DrPH is a professional degree with a focus on leadership and applying knowledge and evidence-based approaches to public health problems. Graduates occupy leadership positions where they influence important, broad-reaching, public health objectives. DrPH students complete a public health practicum experience in which they develop and demonstrate their leadership, management, and advocacy skills.

PhD programs are designed for students wishing to pursue careers in academia, teaching and conducting research. Our PhD curriculum is focused on helping students develop subject matter expertise and research skills. While students in the DrPH program do conduct original research for their dissertation, DrPH research typically focuses on the application of scientific research in the community rather than the creation of new science. Although DrPH graduates may pursue academic careers, their educational training focuses on applied public health practice skills.

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