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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Maternal & Child Health

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.

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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 advanced administrative, research and teaching positions. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible for positions as instructors/faculty in the academic setting, MCH program developers, policy analysts, evaluation specialists or program directors.  Graduates may also be eligible for senior administrative positions in health care organizations serving families, or in MCH-related advocacy programs. These positions may be in the public or private sector at the local, state, tribal, federal, or global level.

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.

Maternal & Child Health


John Ehiri, PhD, MPH, MSc - Department Chair

DrPH Curriculum

DrPH Competencies

A minimum of 65 units are required:

DrPH Required Courses (15 units)

Required Maternal and Child Health Courses (21 units)

Concentration Electives (minimum 6 units - approved by Faculty Advisor)

Dissertation (minimum 18 units)

The dissertation is expected to analyze and propose strategies to address population health, health management or policy by applying innovative theoretical or analytic approaches.

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 Department or Division of the minor area of study specifies the number of required minor units (minimum = 9 units).

DrPH in Maternal and Child Health - Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 65 units

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

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