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:
Community Health Behavior and Education
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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