Public Health Practice, DrPH (Epidemiology)

Doctor of Public Health Degree in Public Health Practice with a Concentration in Epidemiology

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 54 - 57
  • $597.00
  • $597.00

Program Overview

The online Doctor of Public Health Program (DrPH) in Public Health Practice with a concentration in Epidemiology program provides rigorous training in epidemiologic concepts and methodology to prepare students for a career in public health.  

The epidemiology concentration is designed to develop public health leaders who are skilled in identifying the factors that affect the health of a population and developing, implementing and evaluating disease control and prevention strategies to improve public health. 

Students in the DrPH program gain:

  • Skills to occupy leadership positions at the local, state and national levels as well as industry and academia. These students will have a major influence on achieving important, broad-reaching, public health objectives in their communities.
  • Knowledge in the areas of data analysis, leadership management and governance, policy and programs and education and workforce development.
  • Advanced-level practice experience by collaborating with public health practitioners to develop leadership competencies and contribute to the public health field.
  • Competency in epidemiologic methods. 
  • Flexibility to tailor coursework to best serve individual career goals as public health leaders.  

In addition to the foundational DrPH coursework, students in the epidemiology concentration will learn to use epidemiologic concepts and methods to design, implement, and evaluate research studies and public health programs; critically review, interpret and identify gaps in the scientific literature; and utilize epidemiologic methods to inform public health practice. 

DrPH students also work with leaders in public health practice during practicum experiences providing the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in a practice setting and complete a practice-based dissertation consistent with an advanced practice designed to influence programs, policies or systems addressing public health. 

Career Outlook: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow at a rate of 14%, much faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

Career options may include:

  • Health department director
  • Health policy advisor
  • Public health program director
  • Community health manager

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Master's degree

    MPH or MSPH from a CEPH accredited institution. Additional foundational coursework will be required for individuals who do not meet this requirement.

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Previous work experience

    A minimum of 3 years of relevant public health practice.

  4. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    A 1500 word personal statement.

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic, practice and/or research abilities.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  8. Resume/CV

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students also take 12 hours of elective credit. Elective credits are selected in consultation with a student's academic advisor and allow the student to gain further knowledge and skills in areas of interest to the student.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CPH 628Epidemiologic Methods3
This course is primarily designed for graduate students and health professionals interested in learning in-depth epidemiologic concepts and methods. Methods covered in this course include approaches to minimize random and systematic error, advanced screening methods, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, nested case-control and case-cohort studies, matched case-control and cohort studies, clinical trials, longitudinal epidemiologic studies, and analyses of national surveys with multistage complex sampling. Students will practice their skills using SAS and RevMan on simulated and actual research data. Prerequisite: CPH 506; CPH 504; CPH 651 Strongly recommended.
PA 8530Strategic Planning and Management3
PA 8530 is designed to have the student understand the relationship between public policy, agency strategy, agency operation and the delivery of public services to citizens. It will provide the student an opportunity to devise a model strategy for a public agency or jurisdiction, introduce a variety of systems for managing particular tasks within the public sector and give the student the opportunity to construct operating procedures for a specific public program or subprogram. Prereq: PA 8010, PA 8050, PA 8090, and PA 8120 and completion of at least 24 hours in the MPA program. Not open to non-degree students.
CPH 500Foundations of Public Health3
This is an introductory survey course, which will ensure that all public health students, within their first full year of study, are exposed to the fundamental concepts and theories that provide the basis for the body of knowledge in the field of public health. This course will prepare students to work in public health with a sound theoretical, conceptual, and historical basis for their work.
CPH 621Applied Epidemiology3
This course is designed to provide advanced-level graduate students with epidemiologic data analysis, interpretation and presentation skills. The course presents advanced principles and methods of Epidemiology through the use of simulated and actual research data. The course is suitable for both advanced-level master's students and doctoral students in epidemiology and related fields. The primary goal is to provide working knowledge of the fundamentals of epidemiology to graduate students who wish to further their careers in public health research. Prerequisite: CPH 628 / EPI 845.
CPH 545Health Equity and Leadership3
The course provides a critical understanding of health disparities in the U.S. and examines the underlying social, cultural, biological, behavioral, economic, and political factors that contribute to such disparities in society.
HPRO 916Implementation Science Models and Methods3
This course will provide doctoral students an opportunity to engage in a team-based learning environment and collaboratively apply epistemological and methodological advances in implementation science to facilitate, and speed, the translation of evidence into sustained public health practice.
CPH 718Leadership Theory and Practice3
The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. The course will explore leadership from the individual level, team level, and the organizational level. Students in this course will examine historical and contemporary leadership theories. Additionally, students will reflect on their leadership experiences through the lens of the introduced theories.
CPH 705Public Health Teaching and Training3
This course is designed to develop graduate students teaching skills and strategies necessary to meet the professional demands of conducting public health teaching and training. Major topics to be covered are adult learning theory, instructional design, conducting a needs analysis, training program evaluation, as well as creating teaching modules for the in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous environments.
CPH 746Epidemiology in Public Health Practice3
This course provides students the opportunity to explore public health problems and issues - such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases and preparedness - through the lens of epidemiology. By applying the concepts learned throughout their program coursework to current public health problems and issues, students will understand the practice of epidemiology as it relates to real life and informs public health programs and policies. This course is intended primarily for doctoral students in epidemiology and public health to apply their training to public health practice and research.
CPH 757Survey Research Methods3
This course is designed to prepare the graduate students and working professionals with a strong foundation in survey research methodology. This is a comprehensive course covering the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of epidemiologic survey results. The course includes hands-on experience with data analysis using SAS. Int his course, students will also learn to search, access and analyze data from national surveys to conduct epidemiologic studies. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to design and analyze surveys to address particular research questions or evaluate public health policy.
CPH 626Health Information and Surveillance for Public Health Practice3
This course focuses on the role of health information and health information systems for the practice of national, state- and community-level public health.
CPH 798DrPH Practicum6
The purpose of this course is to provide an advanced applied practice experience, allowing opportunities for students to develop leadership competencies and contribute to a public health setting. Students work with senior public health practitioners and leaders to address a need identified by the host organization that directly relates to the student's academic goals and professional interests. Students are responsible for completing a work project that is meaningful to the organization and advances public health practice. The work product may be a single project or a set of related projects that demonstrate a depth of competence. Relevant organizations may include governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings. The practicum should take place within an organization external to the college. The applied practice experience may be completed within a student's own work setting.
CPH 799DrPH Integrative Learning Experience6
The integrative learning experience is a practice-based dissertation that generates field-based products consistent with advanced public health practice designed to influence programs, policies or systems addressing public health.
CPH 563Strategic Planning and Management in Public Health Administration3
This course examines the theory and practice of strategic planning and management in public health, health services, and voluntary health and welfare organizations. Application of specific principles, concepts, and techniques of strategic planning and management for these organizations will be addressed. The roles and responsibilities of public health and health services administrators in developing, implementing, monitoring and revising strategy will also be examined.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterApr 01
Council on Education for Public Health