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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. Knowledge and skills are based on the DrPH competencies from the Association of Schools of Public Health.

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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.

Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD - Program Director
Faculty:  https://publichealth.arizona.edu/departments/hps/primary-faculty

DrPH – Maternal & Child Health

Required Courses: Of the 60 credit hours in the major, 33 are required DrPH courses, 9 units are from electives 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 (15 units)

DrPH Maternal and Child Health Required Courses (18 units)

Concentration Electives (minimum 9 units)

Approved by Faculty Advisor.

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.

DrPH in Maternal and Child Health

Total Minimum Credit Requirements = 69 units

The University of Arizona