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Admissions Requirements

  • MPH or MSPH from a CEPH accredited institution. Additional foundational coursework will be required for individuals who do not meet this requirement.
     
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant public health practice. See concentration prerequisites below for additional detail.
     
  • Official Transcripts - Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
     
  • Letters of Recommendation - Applicants must submit 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to academic, practice and/or research abilities.
     
  • Personal Statement - The personal statement should be no more than 1500 words in length and answer the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a DrPH degree?
    • What are your specific areas of interest related to the concentration area you are applying?
    • How has your public health practice experience prepared you for the DrPH concentration to which you are applying?
    • How will obtaining a DrPH in the selected concentration area will help you meet your career objectives?
    • What are your personal skills and general preparation that will help you succeed in this DrPH program?
       
  • Resume or CV - An updated resume/CV that includes: Employment history, relevant public health practice experience, volunteer/service experience
     
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores - Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose primary language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from a college or university outside of the United States.
     
  • Epidemiology Concentration Prerequisites: A minimum of 3 years of relevant public health practice experience with emphasis on epidemiology. Examples of such experience include but not limited to:
    • Designing, implementing, and evaluating a public health surveillance system
    • Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating public health data
    • Analyzing health trends and patterns in a population to assist in the development of interventions or needs assessments
    • Creating data visualizations and reports based on analysis results
    • Conducting data automation and linkages between systems
    • Responding to and advising on public health data requests, including data sharing and research agreements
    • Conducting outbreak investigations
    • Designing and preparing surveillance and field investigation protocols, survey instruments, and surveillance forms
    • Responding to public inquiries on epidemiologic issues

Detailed application and admissions criteria is located on the DrPH Admissions website at https://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/admissions/doctorofpublichealth.html

CPH 500FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH3
CPH 545INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH DISPARITIES AND HEALTH EQUITY3
HPRO 916IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE MODELS AND METHODS3
CPH 563STRATEGIC PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION3
CPH 718LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE3
CPH 705PUBLIC HEALTH TEACHING AND TRAINING3
CPH 628EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS3
CPH 621APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY3
CPH 746EPIDEMIOLOGY IN PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE3
CPH 757SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS3
CPH 626HEALTH INFORMATION AND SURVEILLANCE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE3
CPH 798DRPH PRACTICUM1-6
CPH 799DRPH INTEGRATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE 1-6
ELECTIVE COURSES (12 credit hrs)12
Total Credit Hours57

Concentration Competencies

EPIDRPH1 Critically review and interpret scientific literature to synthesize evidence, identify gaps and inform public health research and practice
EPIDRPH2 Use epidemiologic concepts and methods to design, implement, and evaluate research studies and public health programs
EPIDRPH3 Select and utilize appropriate epidemiologic data and analytic methods, and interpret the results to inform public health research and practice
EPIDRPH4 Incorporate ethical principles and cultural sensitivity into the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination for public health research and practice
EPIDRPH5 Communicate epidemiologic concepts and findings orally and in writing in accordance with professional standards to professional audiences, policy makers, and the public