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.