Doctor of Public Health

The DrPH in Public Health Practice is a 54-57 credit hour online professional doctoral degree program designed for public health practitioners with three or more years of experience.  All DrPH students will attain competence in the areas of data analysis; leadership, management and governance; policy and programs; and education and workforce development. In addition, students will receive additional training in a concentration area. DrPH students will engage in advanced level applied practice experiences collaborating with public health practitioners to develop leadership competencies and contribute to the public health field.  DrPH students also complete a practice-based dissertation consistent with advanced practice in order to influence programs, policies or systems addressing public health.

DrPH Core Curriculum

College of Public Health Required Course (3 Cr. Hrs.)

CORE Courses (18 Cr. Hrs.)





The Epidemiology concentration offers rigorous training in epidemiologic concepts and methodology.  The curriculum allows students to acquire core competencies in epidemiologic methods as well as the flexibility to tailor course work to best serve individual career goals as public health leaders.  The Epidemiology concentration is designed to develop public health leaders who are skilled identifying the factors that affect the health of a population and developing, implementing and evaluating disease control and prevention strategies to improve public health. Graduates will be prepared to hold leadership positions and conduct applied research in public health practice at the local, state or national levels, industry and academia.


ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (12 Cr. Hrs. - Choose 4; 3 or more must be 700 level)     

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Emergency Preparedness

The DrPH concentration in Emergency Preparedness is designed to provide high level problem solving, and critical thinking knowledge and skills that can be used in preparing for, and responding to emergencies.  Courses focused on the concepts inherent to leadership and the management of complex events in Emergency Preparedness through the phases of prevention, protection, response and recovery, to prepare students for high level leadership positions both in public health and healthcare.  Additional courses such as Exercise Development and Managing Complex Incidents provide essential strategies to prepare their organization/community for a disaster, as well as how to operate in a leading role during a disaster response.  The DrPH concentration in Emergency Preparedness at UNMC is a degree that will enhance the practice of disaster planning and response for both healthcare, public health, humanitarian, and private sector emergency managers.


ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS (12 Cr. Hrs. - Choose 4; 3 or more must be 700 level)     

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The UNMC College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  

For more information on the accreditation process and documents, please click here to go to the Accreditation page.