Why Pursue a DrPH?

The DrPH in Public Health Practice degree prepares students to work as a leader or administrator in a variety of practice-based settings within the public, private or academic sectors. Examples of careers with a DrPH include health department director, health policy advisor, public health program director, or community health manager. DrPH graduates advance programs, policies, and systems to improve population health in the United States and globally.

The DrPH is substantially different from a PhD. The purpose of a DrPH in Public Health Practice is to prevent disease or injury and to improve the health within a specific community. Graduates are expected to occupy leadership positions that have a major influence on achieving important, broad-reaching, public health objectives in communities. A PhD degree focuses on the skills needed to make research-based contributions to the field of public health which contributes to generalizable knowledge.


For more information please contact:

Nicole Kolm-Valdivia, PhD, MPH, CHES
Director of Professional Programs
Office of the Dean
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984355 Nebraska Medical Center | Omaha, NE 68198-4355
402.559.4394 | nicole.kolmvaldivia@unmc.edu

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