CGU’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program gives you the knowledge and skills to enhance human health through population-based public health interventions that respond to the dynamic, interdependent nature of human systems and the environment.

With an emphasis on developing advanced leadership skills, this program offers advanced training in the five core areas of public health: social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health systems. You’ll examine the practice of population-based public health interventions that respond to dynamic, ecological, and human-based systems, developing competency in public health research, teaching, and community practice. You’ll also develop the practical tools necessary to direct organizations to successful implementation of institutional vision and overall strategy. Our graduates emerge well prepared for evidence-based practice and leadership positions that apply translational and implementation science findings. DrPH alumni thrive in governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector settings as well as in teaching and conducting research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Program Highlights
  • The DrPH program prepares graduates for evidence-based practice and leadership positions that apply translational and implementation science findings in governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector settings as well as for teaching and research in academia.
  • Proximity to local health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties provides many employment and educational opportunities for students.
  • The SCGH Student Association provides opportunities for leadership and impact through intellectual, social, and cultural contributions that meet the needs of public health students through community service, dialogue, and special events.
  • Classroom discussion and projects use the latest technologies to enhance learning and presentation skills, including in-class multimedia lectures and demonstrations.
  • You can pursue the doctorate in public health in conjunction with another degree program, such as an MA in History. You earn a diploma for each degree and “double count” some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.

Program at a Glance

72 units

5 years

Fall | Spring

Doctor of Public Health

Featured Courses

CGH 308
Foundations in Program Planning

Focuses on the core concepts, values, and methods of public health program planning and evaluation and skills for assessing community needs for health promotion.

CGH 309
Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Health Programs

Introduces the language and theory of program evaluation to undertake your own evaluation, including evaluation research questions, data collection methodologies, and more.

CGH 310
Foundations of Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding key public health challenges that transcend local and national boundaries and require collaborative solutions.

CGH 313
Research Methods

Develops an understanding of the principles and skills of conducting behavioral research, using qualitative and quantitative approaches commonly used in public health settings.

CGH 316
Public Health Leadership

Conveys knowledge, skills, and practical tools to direct public health organizations to successful implementation of institutional vision and overall strategy.

CGH 317
Ethics, Human Rights & Cultural Diversity

Explores ethical principles in the distribution of health resources, the conduct of global public health research, and the implementation of public health initiatives and practices across different nations, cultures and religions.

Areas of Concentration



Foundations of Program Planning
Monitoring & Evaluation of Global Health Programs
Foundations of Global Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach
Research Methods
Public Health Leadership
Ethics, Cultural Diversity & Human Rights
Management of Global Public Health Programs & Organizations
Organizational Behavior & Theory
Public Policy Process
Policy Evaluation
Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion
Advanced Statistical Methods I
Advanced Research Methods
Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Advanced Practicum in Public Health
Doctoral Study

Program Features

Networking Opportunities
With more than 80 chapters throughout the world, the Delta Epsilon chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at CGU opens up numerous academic and professional opportunities for SCGH students, including:

Research Projects
Gain direct experience in the global health community through a collective research and service focus on the needs of communities in Southern California, the Pacific Rim, South Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Faculty & Research

  • Jessica Clague DeHart profile image

    Jessica Clague DeHart

    Assistant Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, chronic disease, cancer etiology, cancer survivorship, molecular and genetic epidemiology, lifestyle intervention trials, exercise, nutrition, quality of life, community-based interventions

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health
    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

    Research Interests

    Positive psychology, positive organizational & community development, peak performance at work and in sports, optimal health & well-being, and culturally responsive and international theory-driven evaluation science

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

    The Evaluators’ Institute

  • Nicole Gatto profile image

    Nicole Gatto

    Associate Professor of Public Health
    Director, PhD in Health Promotion Sciences Program

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, Risk factors for cardiovascular and neurological diseases,
    Parkinson’s disease, Cognitive dysfunction

  • C. Anderson Johnson profile image

    C. Anderson Johnson

    Founding Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Transnational prevention of tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse, HIV-AIDS, and obesity; Community-based substance abuse prevention; Social and environmental influences on health; Community and mass media approaches to health

  • Paula Palmer profile image

    Paula Palmer

    Associate Professor of Global Health
    Director, Global Health Programs

    Research Interests

    Determinants of health among ethnically diverse populations; Community-based participatory research among under-served, underrepresented populations; Health of Pacific Islanders and South Asians; Technology applications for health behavior interventions; Tobacco control, mental health, disaster management, health of migrants and indigenous peoples; Maternal and child health

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Associate Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate, MPH, and DrPH Programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of health communication campaigns; Effects of pro- and anti-tobacco and alcohol marketing; Public health education

  • Kim D. Reynolds profile image

    Kim D. Reynolds


    Research Interests

    Nutrition and physical activity, Health promotion and disease prevention, Diabetes and obesity

  • Alan Stacy profile image

    Alan Stacy

    Interim Dean, School of Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Application of theories and methods of human memory; Cognitive neuroscience and social cognition to health behavior: etiology, prevention, and media effects; Translation of basic research to field research, high-risk populations, and prevention; Validation issues in assessment

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

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