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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Resource Guide

Deciding to pursue higher education is exciting and the possibilities are endless. 

Considering you are on this website, we’ll assume that you have narrowed down your interest to the field of Public Health for your doctoral-level education/training; specifically the Doctor of Public health degree, or DrPH for short.

On this page, we’ll help you through these questions:

  • What is a DrPH?
  • What is the difference between a DrPH vs PhD?
  • How long is the DrPH degree?
  • Can the DrPH degree be done online?
  • Which universities offer a DrPH degree?
  • Do you have a list of DrPH programs?
  • How do I choose the best DrPH program for me?

     

What is a DrPH?

The DrPH is short for a Doctor of Public Health degree. It is a doctoral-level degree.

While other doctoral-level degrees such as the Ph.D. have an emphasis on research, the DrPH focuses on practice-based training, with an emphasis on leadership. 

Depending on the University, other focuses of the program could include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication
  • Policy
  • Management
  • Applied research skills
  • Evaluation
  • Innovation


What is the difference between a DrPH vs PhD?

The DrPH is a professional doctoral degree that trains public health practitioners in areas of leadership through practice-based training. The exact areas of emphasis in the training varies based on the program/University.

A PhD in public health (i.e. Epidemiology, Biostatistics, or Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) aims to train researchers, often focusing on research methods and analytical skills.

This Blog post further compares the two degrees: Doctor of Public Health – Isn’t that just a PhD?

If you are also considering applying to a Ph.D. program, this guide may be helpful: Tips for applying to a public health PhD program


How long is the DrPH degree?

On average, the DrPH program takes 3-4 years to complete, and as long as 7 years. Because the degree is for working individuals, most Universities are supportive of their students continuing their employment as they pursue the degree.

Our DrPH Programs List Tool below lists the duration of all of the DrPH programs around the world.


Can the DrPH degree be done online?

Yes. Online, hybrid, and on-campus DrPH programs exist. 

Our DrPH Programs List Tool below lists all of the Universities that offer the DrPH program online.


Which universities offer a DrPH degree?

The DrPH programs are available at universities around the world in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • England
  • Germany
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • United States

Our DrPH Programs List Tool below lists all of the Universities that offer the DrPH program online, categorised by country.

Here are a few of our podcast episodes that dive into some of these programs:

If you are a DrPH student/graduate or a University educator/administrator and would like to highlight your program/students on our podcast or blog, reach out to us.


Do you have a list of DrPH programs?

Here is a list of DrPH programs offered around the world.

This is a condensed summary of the program list that is available for download. Additional information such as admission requirements, cost of the program, prerequisites, and much more valuable information are available for you in the full tool. 

The tool was last updated in June 2021.

Access the list of
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) programs
around the world

This tool compares 51 DrPH programs across 27 variables.
This is the tool you need to get started on your application.

Tool Sneak Peek: DrPH programs offered around the world

This is a condensed summary of the program list that is available for download. Additional information such as admission requirements, cost of the program, prerequisites, and much more valuable information are available for you in the tool.

CountryUniversityFacultyProgram DeliveryFull or Part-timeLength
(based on full-time program)
AustraliaJames Cook UniversitySchool of Tropical Health and MedicineOn-CampusBoth4 years
AustraliaLaTrobe University School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 years
AustraliaUniversity of Wollongong School of Health ScienceOn-CampusBoth4 years
AustraliaUniversity of New South Wales School of Public Health and Medicine (Future Health Leaders ProgramOn-CampusBoth3 years
AustraliaFlinders University School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 years
CanadaUniversity of TorontoDalla Lana School of Public HealthOnlineFull Time4 years
EnglandLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineOn-CampusBoth3 – 4 years
EnglandChester UniversityOn-CampusBoth4 years full time / 7 years part time
EnglandTeesside UniversityOnline/On-Campus HybridBoth4 – 6 years
GermanyUniversity of Bremen
MalaysiaUniversity Putra MalaysiaDepartment of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesOn-CampusFull Time3 years
MalaysiaNational University of MalaysiaDepartment of Community Health, Faculty of MedicineFull Time6 – 12 Semesters
MalaysiaUniversity of MalayaDepartment of Social and Preventive MedicineOn-CampusFull Time3 years
MalaysiaUniversity of Science MalaysiaDepartment of Community MedicineOn-CampusFull Time4 years
PhilippinesUniversity of the PhilippinesCollege of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time6 semesters and 3 short terms
ThailandNaresuan UniversityDepartment of Public Health, Faculty of Public healthOn-CampusFull TimeNot Mentioned
ThailandMahidol UniversityDepartment of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Public healthOn-CampusFull TimeNot Mentioned
United StatesBoston UniversityBoston University School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth5 years full time / 7 years part time
United StatesClaremont Graduate UniversitySchool of Community and Global HealthOn-CampusFull Time4 – 5 years
United StatesUniversity of ColoradoColorado School of Public HealthOn-CampusNot Referenced5 – 7 years
United StatesColumbia UniversityMailman School of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time4 – 5 years
United StatesDrexel UniversityDornsife School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 years full time / 4 years part time
United StatesEast Tennessee State UniversityCollege of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 years
United StatesGeorge Washington UniversityMilken Institute School of Public HealthOn-CampusNot ReferencedUnspecified
United StatesGeorgia Southern UniversityJiann-Ping Hsu College of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 years full time / 4 years part time
United StatesGeorgia State UniversitySchool of Public HealthOn-CampusPart Time3 years
United StatesHarvard UniversityChan School of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time3 – 4 years
United StatesJohns HopkinsBloomberg School of Public HealthOnlinePart Time4 – 6 years
United StatesLoma Linda UniversitySchool of Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridBoth3 – 7 years
United StatesNew York Medical CollegeSchool of Health Sciences and Practice, and Institute of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time2 years
United StatesPennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvania State College of MedicineOn-CampusFull Time4 years
United StatesRutgers UniversityRutgers School of Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridPart TimeNot Mentioned
United StatesSUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversitySUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public HealthOn-CampusNot ReferencedNot Mentioned
United StatesTexas A&MTexas A&M School of Public HealthOn-CampusNot ReferencedNot Mentioned
United StatesTulane UniversityTulane University School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineOn-CampusBothNot Mentioned
United StatesUniversity at AlbanyUniversity at Albany School of Public HealthOn-CampusBothNot Mentioned
United StatesUniversity of AlabamaBirmingham School of Public HealthOn-CampusFull TimeNot Mentioned
United StatesUniversity of ArizonaMel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth3 – 5 years full time / 5 – 8 years part time
United StatesUniversity of ArkansasMedical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time4 – 5 years
United StatesUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley School of Public HealthOn-CampusFull Time3 – 4 years
United StatesUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia College of Public HealthOn-CampusPart Time4 years
United StatesUniversity of IllinoisChicago School of Public HealthOnlinePart Time4 – 6 years
United StatesUniversity of North CarolinaGillings School of Global Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridBoth3 years
United StatesUniversity of PittsburghUniversity of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth4 – 5 years
United StatesUniversity of Puerto RicoFaculty of Biosocial Sciences and Graduated School of Public HealthOn-CampusBoth4 years
United StatesUniversity of South FloridaUniversity of South Florida College of Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridPart Time3 years
United StatesUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterHouston School of Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridFull Time3 – 5 years
United StatesEast Carolina UniversityDepartment of Public HealthOnline/On-Campus HybridFull Time3 years
United StatesIndiana UniversityRichard M. Fairbanks School of Public HealthOnlinePart Time3 years
United StatesMorgan State UniversityMorgan State UniversityOn-CampusFull Time4 years
United StatesWalden UniversityWalden UniversityOnlineFull Time2 – 3 years

Access the list of
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) programs
around the world

This tool compares 51 DrPH programs across 27 variables.
This is the tool you need to get started on your application.

How do I choose the best DrPH program for me?

Deciding on the best DrPH program for you will require some research, reflection, and networking. Here are a few simple steps to take to figure this out for yourself:

  1. Write down the reasons you want to pursue a DrPH degree and what your objectives for pursuing this degree are.
  2. Use the tool above and narrow down the programs that best meet your objectives, and align with other factors that are important to you. This could include the length of the program, the country the institution is based in, or the cost. (This preliminary research on each program is available in our tool – download it here. The tool was last updated in June 2021.)
  3. Find and reach out to at least one alumni from each program to understand what it’s like to be a student in the program. Use the tool we developed for you to add additional columns to capture notes from alumni (and perhaps your own research). Be sure to track everything you discover about the program.
  4. Based on the programs that meet your objective, the factors that are most important to you and the budget you’ve set aside for your application, choose all of the programs you’d like to apply to!

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