Doctor of Public Health, Dr.P.H.


The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is the terminal professional degree for those who intend to pursue or advance their professional practice career in public health. Public health practice involves the strategic, organized and interdisciplinary application of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to perform essential public health services necessary to improve the population’s health.

The Dr.P.H. is conferred in recognition of the candidate’s command of a comprehensive body of knowledge in public health, their ability to initiate, organize and pursue the investigation of significant problems in public health, and their capacity to formulate policies, strategies, and/or programs on the basis of the knowledge generated. The Dr.P.H. leads to a career in administration, teaching, or public health practice, where advanced analytical and conceptual capabilities are required.

The Dr.P.H. program expands the competencies included in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program for all matriculating students, with increased emphasis on advanced skills in evidenced-based problem-solving. Students who have not completed one or more of the M.P.H. core public health courses must complete these courses as part of their doctoral program. In addition, those students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for the doctoral degree. Students with a master’s degree other than in public health may be required to take health or health-related courses in addition to the 60 minimum credit hours.

The Dr.P.H. Program offers students the opportunity to specialize their training in three program concentration areas:

    Biostatistics
    Community Health Behavior and Education
    Public Health Leadership
    Epidemiology

JPHCOPH is a participating school in SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service), a common application service. The initial phase of the application process is managed by SOPHAS. Once complete, your application is forwarded to the Georgia Southern University Office of Admissions. If you have specific questions related to degree programs, scholarship deadlines, decision letters, etc., please contact the Georgia Southern Office of Admissions at gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu.

Program Contact Information:

General Admissions Questions, Post Admissions Advisement
Shamia Garrett
Coordinator of Student Services
Email: jphcoph-admissions@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-2674

SOPHAS Application Questions
Caroline James
SOPHAS Coordinator
Email: jphcoph-admissions@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-2674

SOPHAS Technical Info

Email: sophasinfo@sophas.org
Phone: (617) 612-2090
Fax: (617) 612-2092
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

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REGULAR Admission Requirements
1. Completion of an application in SOPHAS.
2. Official transcript(s) from a regionally accredited college or university showing courses completed, grades earned, dates, and degree(s) awarded. Transcript(s) must show completion of at least one (1) course in of the following five (5) areas:

  • biostatistics
  • epidemiology
  • social and behavioral sciences in public health
  • health policy and management
  • environmental health sciences
3. Credential Evaluation: All international transcripts must be evaluated by a professional evaluation agency. We recommend you use the World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates. Visit http://www.wes.org/ or www.jsilny.com to view which documents are required for your country and to request a Course-by-Course Report (cost $150). Identify SOPHAS – Schools of Public Health Application Service as the receiving institution at the time of application.
4. Courses must have been completed in the last five (5) years, and each must have been passed with a grade of “B” or better. Applicants who have not completed these courses, but whose applications show exceptional potential for success in the Dr.P.H. program, may be admitted to the Dr.P.H. program, but will be required to complete the courses (as presented in the JPHCOPH M.P.H. core course requirements) with grades of “B” or better before enrolling in doctoral level courses.
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation. Two must be from graduate faculty members and it is encouraged that the the third letter be from a work supervisor.
6. Official scores from the GRE (General Test), taken in the last five (5) years. An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Admissions, is required before any action is taken on an application. A copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable. The requirement for completion of a standardized test will be waived for those applicants who hold a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
7. All international applicants, including resident and non-resident aliens, whose native language is not English and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, are required to submit official TOEFL scores taken within the year immediately preceding the requested semester of admission. A minimum total score of 83, is required with minimum scores of 20 for each of the skills evaluated by the TOEFL: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) An original copy of the test score, sent by the testing agency to the Office of Admissions is required before any action is taken on an application. The copy of the score provided to the student and subsequently forwarded is not acceptable.
8. Personal statement/Statement of Purpose emphasizing reasons for pursuing Dr.P.H. (limited to a maximum of 700-1000 words).
9. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
An applicant may be admitted to the COGS as non-degree students to earn credit in Public Health graduate courses without working toward a Dr.P.H. Interested applicants should consult the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for the types of Non-Degree admission as well as the requirements for admission in this category.
Doctorate of Public Health, Dr.P.H. International Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Final Deadline

Priority Deadline for All Applicants: March 1

Deadline for International Applicants: June 1

Deadline for United States Applicants: July 1

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Last updated: 9/19/2016

Office of Graduate Admissions • Post Office Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460-8113 • 912-478-5384 • Gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu