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Public Health (DPH) 
Program Description

The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health is committed to offering professional and academic doctoral degree programs designed to prepare individuals for challenging careers in public health at the local, national and international level. These programs are adept at integrating academic learning with public health practice to ensure a diverse and well-rounded educational experience.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

There are two areas of study available to DrPH candidates:  Maternal and Child Health or Public Health Policy and Management.

The DrPH is an advanced, professional degree program designed for the student who has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or its equivalent and who intends to pursue a leadership career as a public health professional. The DrPH program is unique as it focuses on developing future leaders in public health practice, who will advance the public’s health through the integration and application of a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in leadership, practice, policy analysis, research, program management and professional communication.

The DrPH program prepares these individuals to translate scientific knowledge into community-based programs that improve the health status of communities, identify solutions to community health problems, and provide leadership in public health policy and management within both academic and nonacademic settings, as well as in public-agency or private-sector settings that emphasize improving the health of the public. It follows that public health workers from the state and region with the requisite experience and subsequent training will be best suited and prepared for creating the administrative infrastructure necessary for promotion of a healthy public and amelioration of current public health issues in the region.

There are two key examinations associated with the DrPH program that indicate a student’s progress toward obtaining the degree. The DrPH program requires students to complete a written and oral comprehensive doctoral examinations and a dissertation defense.

The DrPH competencies guide the development of the program curriculum and learning activities for the core and required courses in the DrPH curriculum.  This posted list of competencies also provides applicants, students, employers and other stakeholders information about the knowledge foundation and skills of graduates from the MEZCOPH DrPH program.

The DrPH course requirements are determined by the DrPH Section that offers the DrPH area of study.  Students should be aware that some of the coursework for the DrPH have pre-requisites; therefore, students work with their Faculty Advisor to plan their coursework accordingly.  In addition, students without an MPH degree will be required to complete the five core MPH courses.

View more about the program and the curriculum regarding Maternal and Child Health and Public Health Policy and Management

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health -

Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.

The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.

 
College
College of Public Health  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Amy J Glicken
520-626-3201
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michael J Tearne
520-626-2112
Director of Graduate Studies
Douglas L Taren
520-626-8375
Christopher B Tisch
520-626-9112
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

DrPH Maternal and Child Health Admissions Criteria

  • The program is designed for students who have a previously awarded Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health, and at least two years of public health experience
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample
  • GRE scores 
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

View more detailed admissions criteria at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/drph-mch-admissions-criteria

DrPH Public Health Policy and Management Admissions Criteria

  • The DrPH program is designed for students who have a previously awarded Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health, and at least two years of public health experience
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Research statement
  • Writing sample 
  • GRE scores (combined verbal and quantitative score of 1200 on the old test or 310 on the new test are considered competitive)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

View more detailed admissions criteria at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/drph-phpm-admissions-criteria

 

 
Standardized Tests

Required Test 
GRE - Send scores to the University of Arizona College of Public Health/SOPHAS, code 4253

International Students - Tests of English Proficiency
International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 90 on the iBT test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. Students may be requested to enter the Center for English as a Second Language to improve their verbal skills.

SOPHAS TOEFL Scores - Code 5688
SOPHAS IELTS Scores - Code SOPHAS

 
Financial Aid

A variety of funding is available in the form of scholarships/fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.  More information regarding tuition and financial assistance is available at:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/prospective-students/tuition-financial-assistance

 
Admissions Deadlines

Fall Deadlines

Priority:  December 1
Secondary:  March 1

Note:  Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

The DrPH in Public Health Policy and Management is not accepting applications for Fall 2018.  

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 0616

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

DrPH MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

DrPH Required Courses (14 units)

  • PHPM 569  Fundamentals of Health Budgeting and Financial Management (3)
  • PHPM 608A Public Health Law and Ethics (3)
  • HPS 609   Evaluating the Public Health Literature (1 unit - 2 times)
  • CPH 544 Fundamentals of Evaluation (3) Or An alternate evaluation course (3) (approved by Faculty Advisor)
  • HPS 642   Public Health Communications (3)

Required MCH Courses (16 units)

  • HPS 565 Public Health Advocacy (3)
  • HPS 682 Women and Children Health Policy (3)
  • Service Learning Course (597 course within the College - any from the series) (1)
  • HPS 620A Advanced Research Methods in Health Promotion I (3)
  • HPS 620B Advanced Research Methods in Health Promotion II (3)*
  • HPS 605 Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3)

* (Advanced Research Methods in Health Promotion II – course prerequisite: BIOS 576B)

Concentration Electives (minimum 7 units - approved by Faculty Advisor)

Minor (minimum 9 units)
The minor area of study can be in other academic doctoral programs in Public Health or in other doctoral programs throughout the university. The minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units (minimum = 9 units).

Dissertation (minimum 18 units)
The dissertation is expected to analyze and propose solutions to health management or policy issues by applying new theoretical or analytic advances to current problems in health care.

DrPH in Maternal and Child Health - Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 64 units 

DrPH PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

DrPH Required Courses (14 units)

  • PHPM 569  Fundamentals of Health Budgeting and Financial Management (3)
  • PHPM 608A Public Health Law and Ethics (3)
  • HPS 609   Evaluating the Public Health Literature (1 unit - 2 times)
  • CPH 544 Fundamentals of Evaluation (3) Or An alternate evaluation course (3) (approved by Faculty Advisor)
  • HPS 642   Public Health Communications (3)

Required PHPM Courses (14 units)

  • Community and Cultural Sensitivity Course (3) *
  • MEZCOPH Field Courses (2) *
Methods Courses:
  • § PHPM 617 Advanced Public Health Policy Analysis (3)
  • § PHP 641 Health Systems Delivery (3)
  • § Higher Level Methods Course (3) *

Concentration Electives (minimum 9 units) *

* (Approval from Faculty Advisor)

Minor (minimum 9 units)
The minor area of study can be in other academic doctoral programs in Public Health or in other doctoral programs throughout the university. The minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units (minimum = 9 units).

Dissertation (minimum 18 units)
The dissertation is expected to analyze and propose solutions to health management or policy issues by applying new theoretical or analytic advances to current problems in health care.

DrPH in Public Health Policy and Management - Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 64 units 

 
Minor Requirements

The PhD minor in Public Health is designed for individuals from other University of Arizona doctoral degree programs who wish to obtain graduate training in Public Health.  The student identifies at least one faculty member with a primary appointment in MEZCOPH to serve on his or her committee. The student should hold a Planning Committee meeting where the committee faculty can provide advisement to the student regarding coursework.  

The Public Health minor consists of a minimum of three Master of Public Health Core courses and two concentration specific courses agreed to by the student and his or her minor advisor.  

At the time the selections are made, the minor advisor and the student will define how competency will be determined.  The demonstration may take several forms consistent with the practices of the home department.  The minor member may contribute to the formulation of the comprehensive exam; the minor member may submit a specific written question; the minor may require participation in an active public health experience with a written summary to cite only a few examples.  Other approaches are permissible with the consent of the student's graduate committee.  
 
PhD Minor in Public Health Total Minimum Credit Requirements (15 units) 
 
In addition to the PhD minor in Public Health, The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree featuring seven concentration areas.  Students can apply to the MPH Program within any of the concentrations areas.  The MPH can also serve as the students PhD minor, although the MPH requirements must be completed prior to completion of the PhD.  For more information regarding the MPH program in general, please refer to the following website:  http://publichealth.arizona.edu/academics/mph

 
Student Handbook
https://publichealth.arizona.edu/graduate-students/handbooks  

Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 29%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 3.50
 
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 28%
Enrollment Percent Female 72%
Enrollment Percent International 3%
Enrollment Percent URM 36%

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