The DrPH program in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences is an applied professional degree that prepares leaders in applied public health program development, evaluation, and program-relevant research in promoting community health in a global context. The GCHB DrPH program has strong focus on field applications of program planning and monitoring and evaluation, and emphasizes advanced study in social determinants of health, health systems, health policy, grant writing, qualitative methods and research methods. A focus on health disparities and cultural competence are common themes throughout the coursework. Graduates are expected to have responsibilities that would include program leadership, evaluation, applied research, and teaching.
Applicants to the DrPH program must have completed an MPH degree or equivalent with an outstanding academic record. Applicants must meet the school’s admission requirements and submit the application through SOPHAS.
The DrPH degree requires a minimum of 72 post-baccalaureate credits, 30 of which must be fulfilled through advanced doctoral study at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 42 credits may be applied from a MPH or equivalent degree; however, only those that fulfill the GCHB DrPH competencies will be accepted. If a prerequisite course or equivalent has not been fulfilled, the student must take the prerequisite course.
Additional prerequisites may be required above the 30 credits of advanced doctoral study if a student has not fulfilled requirements for the MPH degree.
Prerequisite Coursework (from prior master’s degree)
Advanced Doctoral Study (30 credits)
* Selected in consultation with advisor
Elective Courses (5 credits)
Selected from courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor. Additional credits may be needed to obtain a total of 72 credits.
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
A 300 hour advanced field experience (practicum) that allows students to expand competencies and advanced practice skills, under the direction of a qualified preceptor in the practice setting, is required. This practicum should focus on developing advanced leadership skills in global health disciplines. The advisor works with each student to develop measurable learning objectives prior to their practicum experience. Self-assessment and reflection as well as assessment of teams, peers and supervisors are important skills in future public health leaders.
On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate PhD program competencies, as well as knowledge related to their specific content area of expertise.
DrPH students must complete a dissertation focused on public health research that advances the field of knowledge, practice, or policy. Dissertations may include demonstration projects with a strong monitoring and evaluation component, in-depth policy analyses, detailed programmatic proposals, implementation of routine or standardized instruments, secondary analyses, and other applied emphases consistent with the purpose of the DrPh program.
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