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DrPH Degree in Community Health and Prevention

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Community Health and Prevention prepares full-time or part-time candidates for leadership roles in education, research, and practice through theoretical and content study as well as practical experience. Upon graduation DrPH students in Community Health and Prevention are expected to attain five core competencies for understanding and solving public health problems.

Core Competencies

  • Understand the mission, goals, and strategies of community health and prevention;
  • Understand and assess community health status and needs;
  • Understand and assess individual and environmental determinants of health;
  • Design, implement, and evaluate public health programs and policies;
  • Translate findings into policy recommendations and advocate for change.


Students will be admitted on a competitive basis, and those with a demonstrated ability to integrate public health competencies and skills into public health practice will be preferred.

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Application Deadline

  • January 15 for fall entry.


  • Master's degree in public health or a related field
  • Evidence of applied research skills
  • Potential for a high level of performance in the DrPH program and for significant contributions to the field of public health

Application Requirements

  • Completed application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Official results from the GRE taken within the last 5 years (code to submit to SOPHAS is 7890)
  • Evidence of applied research skills (master’s thesis, master’s research paper, or publication)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a public health practitioner
  • A written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of interest for the dissertation.
  • Resume/CV
  • An in-person or telephone interview is required of all finalists

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 quarter credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3
  • Passing the doctoral comprehensive examination
  • completion of the practicum experience
  • Passing the candidacy oral examination
  • Completing a dissertation of publishable quality
  • Passing the final defense

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Faculty and Research

The mission of the Department of Community Health and Prevention (CHP) is to promote the health of communities through education, research, service and advocacy focused on the societal conditions required for people to be healthy.

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