Public Health Practice, DrPH (Epidemiology)
Doctor of Public Health Degree in Public Health Practice with a Concentration in Epidemiology
Why Pursue This Program
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.
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
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.