Doctor of Public Health

The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program offers an advanced professional degree designed for those who wish to pursue or further their career in public health practice. It prepares practitioners with competence in administration, advocacy, problem solving, research, and communication. Graduates are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at state, national, and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings. Two areas of concentration currently exist within the degree - community health and epidemiology.

DrPH Community Health

Community Health seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities through teaching, research, and service centering around social and behavioral factors associated with health status and behavior.

DrPH Community Health Program Information

DrPH Epidemiology Program Information

DrPH Community Health Program Information  

Epidemiology is a field that examines and determines the reasons and causes of diseases and health-related outcomes in population groups. Students in this field will learn how to use public health data to evaluate and identify the causes and public health impact of different diseases.

Program Admission Requirements

Application to the program is made through SOPHAS the online application service for Schools of Public Health. If the admissions committee recommends an applicant for admission, the applicant will be notified and a supplemental application will be needed for the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.  Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success.

Required elements for application include:

  • Evidence of successful completion of an MPH or equivalent degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or equivalent institution.
  • SOPHAS and supplemental application form and accompanying fees.
  • One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (except previous coursework completed at ETSU).
  • A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years (except for those with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States). Preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative sections.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can acknowledge the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.

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