Offered On Campus in Tucson
The DrPH is an advanced, professional degree program that 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, teaching, research, program management and professional communication. Knowledge and skills are based on the DrPH competencies from the Association of Schools of Public Health.
Promoting physical activity in American Indian youth
The DrPH in Maternal and Child Health is offered by the Department of Health Promotion Sciences. The DrPH in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) focuses on the population-based study of health and health care of families, infants, children, adolescents, and women of child bearing age. The program is designed to prepare students for administrative, research and teaching positions at local, state, tribal, federal, or global levels. Graduates have obtained positions as instructors/faculty in academic settings, as MCH program developers, policy analysts, research/evaluation specialists, and program directors.
The program is designed for students who have been awarded a Master's degree, preferably a Master of Public Health degree, and at least two years of public health work related experience. Students entering without a prior MPH degree will be required to complete the five core MPH courses offered through MEZCOPH, or their equivalent, in addition to the minimum DrPH credit hours of course work in the major.
Required Courses: Of the 55 credit hours in the major, 14 are required DrPH courses; 16 are required DrPH course units specific to the area of concentration; 7 units are from electives or selectives approved by the major advisor; and 18 units of dissertation hours. All students are required to designate a minor area of study that will be outside of the courses required for the DrPH.
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 Public Health Literature (1 unit - 2 times)
- HPS 544 Fundamentals of Evaluation (3) Or alternate evaluation course (Faculty Advisor approval) (3)
- HPS 642 Public Health Communications (3)
DrPH Maternal and Child Health Required 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 619 Topics in Health Behavior and Health Promotion:
course topic: Advanced Research Methods in Health Promotion II (3) (prerequisite: BIOS 576B)
- HPS 605 Community Based Participatory Action Research to Decrease Health Disparities (3)
Concentration Electives (minimum 7 units)
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 describe and analyze a family, maternal and/or child public health issue and if relevant, propose a solution through direct evidence based intervention or policy change to improve health outcomes.