Doctoral Degree Programs
SPHTM offers three doctoral degrees:
- Doctor of Philosophy In Public Health (PhD)
- Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
- Doctor of Science (ScD) (Executive Format)
All doctoral programs require a minimum of 72 credits, independent research, and a dissertation.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Health is an academic research degree that prepares students for research roles in a variety of public health settings. The PhD provides an understanding of theory and mechanisms of a topic area, research methods for conducting original research, and problem-solving approaches in public health settings. Students obtain in-depth knowledge of a public health field plus skills in research applications and methods. Graduates are prepared for careers in academic research, research institutes, and agencies. The PhD in Public Health is offered with concentrations in:
- Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
- Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
- Global Environmental Health Sciences
- Global Health Systems and Development
- Tropical Medicine
The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) is a professional doctoral degree that prepares students for leadership roles in public health practice. The DrPH builds on the five areas of public health as a foundation for problem solving and management in the practice world including local, state, federal, and international public health agencies and organizations. The DrPH is offered in the areas of:
- Community Health
The Doctor of Science (ScD) is offered only in the executive format for midcareer health care professionals by the Department of Global Health Systems and Development. The program develops students to become independent health service scholars, develop new skills, pursue new knowledge in health systems management and policy, and advance knowledge of health systems through collaborative research and publication. Students enroll from across the United States with an array of backgrounds and experience, including health services administrators, health care clinicians, health scientists, and public health leaders. With the executive format, students can remain employed while undertaking and completing their doctoral degree.