Doctor of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program is a professional doctoral-level program designed to develop public health leaders: researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners who are able to address complex public health issues. As a DrPH student, you'll combine sophisticated analytic and research skills with a broad understanding of the environmental, political, social, ​medical, ethical, and economic factors that contribute to health and well-being.

Our students are trained in leadership, management, and advocacy. As part of the DrPH program, you'll develop strong research and practice skills in a main focus area of public health, as well as minor in a secondary area of expertise. 


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.

DrPH vs. PhD

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.