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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 students 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.

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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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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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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Sample Plan of Study

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Paying for Your Public Health Degree

95 percent of PhD students receive teaching assistantships, along with scholarships and grants.

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Patience Ajoff-Foster, M.S.
Senior Academic Coordinator
Community Health and Prevention

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention