College of Public Health students graduating

Curriculum Requirements

DrPH curriculum is minimum 63 Semester Hours.

  • Fifteen semester hours of required course work in the core curriculum, which consists of an advanced course in each of the five core public health areas of concentration (i.e., Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Management and Policy, and Environmental Health).
  • Six hours of second level advanced courses in the student's area of concentration and biostatistics.
  • Minimum of eighteen hours of professional elective course work consistent with the student's area of concentration.
  • Nine additional hours of electives determined through consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
  • Three hours for a research methods course.
  • Six hours of supervised public health field experiences.
  • Six hours of an integrated capstone option of either a problem-based or research-based project paper demonstrating appropriate discipline understanding.

* The chair of the Biostatistics Department has established a policy that students completing an acceptable (equivalent to STA 580) introductory statistics course (with a laboratory) in the past five years meet this expectation. Students completing an introductory graduate statistics course more than five years ago must repeat the introductory course or may take a diagnostic examination to demonstrate that they are prepared to move to the first statistics course in the DrPH Program.

Prerequisite Curriculum

Must complete courses listed below (or their approved equivalent). Hours earned for prerequisite course work will NOT be applied to the DrPH degree requirements.

Biostatistics - STA 570 or 580
Environmental Health - CPH 601
Epidemiology - CPH 605
Health Behavior - CPH 604
Health Services Management - CPH 650

Core Curriculum, Part A

Must complete ALL five core Courses

Biostatistics - CPH 930 Advanced Biostatistical Methods
Environmental Health - CPH 920 Advanced Environmental Health
Epidemiology - CPH 910 Advanced Epidemiology
Health Behavior - CPH 940 Health Related Behaviors
Health Services Management - CPH 950 Well Managed Public Health Organization

Core Curriculum, Part B

Must complete TWO of the following core courses, including course in area of concentration

Biostatistics - CPH 931 Professional Seminar in Biostatistics
Epidemiology - CPH 911 Professional Seminar in Epidemiology
Health Management and Policy - CPH 951 Professional Seminar in Public Health Management

Core Curriculum, Part C

Must complete ALL of the following

Doctoral Research Methods in Public Health - CPH 995
Public Health Project Research (1- 9 credit hours; maximum of 6 credit hours per semester) - CPH 996

Advanced Courses in Area of Concentration (Selectives)

Must complete SIX courses in area of concentration (Requires advisor approval)
And three additional elective courses in support of the area of concentration (Requires advisor approval).

Epidemiology Advanced PH Elective
Health Management and Policy Advanced PH Elective

Other Requirements

Must complete ALL of the following requirements.

Doctoral PH Field Practicum (2, 3, or 4 hours) - CPH 997 
Phase I - Core Principles Examination
Phase II - Qualifying Examination
Final Examination - Capstone/Dissertation Defense
Major Problem Solving Capstone Project


All students concentrating in Epidemiology are required to take the following TWO courses.

CPH 911 Professional Seminar in Epidemiology
CPH 931 Professional Seminar in Biostatistics

In addition to these courses, DrPH students concentrating in Epidemiology must take at least 6 (18 credit hours) of the following courses. Some of these courses may be currently going through the university process for final approval and may be taught under a different, temporary course number.

CPH 610 - Injury Epidemiology (3)
CPH 612 - Infectious/Emerging Diseases Epidemiology (3)
CPH 614 - Managerial Epidemiology (3)
CPH 616 - Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (3)
CPH 617 - Environmental/Occupational Epidemiology (3)
CPH 618 - Special Topics in Gerontology: Epidemiology of Aging (GRN 770) (3)
CPH 662 - Public Health Response to Terrorism (3)
CPH 711 - Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3)
CPH 718 - Special Topics in Epidemiology (3)

In addition to the regular selective courses in Epidemiology, students may want to take elective courses. The following are some courses that students concentrating in Epidemiolgy have found useful. However, there are a number of other elective courses that could be valuable:

CPH 535 Databases and SAS Programming (3)
CPH 631 Design and Analysis of Health Surveys (3)
CPH 664 Biostatistics in Clinical Trial (3)