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Advanced practical training for transformative health leaders.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program produces leaders in public health to take on emergent and increasing threats to local, national, and global health. Guided by our experienced faculty and utilizing our unique resources, partnerships, and opportunities, you will receive rigorous practical training, preparing you to take on vital leadership roles in government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Graduates of this program will be equipped to implement population- and evidenced-based public health strategies that are responsive to the dynamic, interdependent nature of human systems and the environment.


Program Benefits

The DrPH program equips students with competencies in data analysis, leadership, management, governance, policy development, program implementation, education, and workforce development. You will learn to synthesize, translate, and generate evidence-based practice, all aimed at advancing programs, policies, services, and systems that address population health. Crucially, you will gain knowledge and skills that will enable you to guide the public health field in various contexts toward the successful realization of overarching strategy and transformative change.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

49 units (students can transfer up to 13 units)

3-5 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Online curriculum with Applied Practice Experience and Integrative Learning Experience in the field

Fall | Spring | Summer

Doctor of Public Health

Please see the State Authorization page for availability of our online programs in the US.

Learning Outcomes
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems
    • Design, conduct, and analyze data from well-designed formative research for the purpose of developing and evaluating appropriate public health interventions in diverse contexts
    • Develop and apply professional leadership and management skills to coordinate global health interventions in diverse settings
    • Engage in evidence-based policy development, analysis, and translation processes
    • Design well-developed funding proposals
    • Engage in advanced field experience that allows students to develop competencies in advanced practice skills, including leadership and pedagogy
    • Generate a field-based product consistent with advanced practice designed to influence program, policies, or systems addressing population health



The curricular criterion for the DrPH degree is framed in terms of five related components: foundational and concentration-specific skills and content, professional disposition, application and practice, and integrative experience. The DrPH degree has distinct and defined learning objectives and a delineation of associated competencies for coursework, the practice experience, and the integrative learning experience.

Core Courses (35 units)

    • Foundations of Global Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach (4 units)
    • Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development (4 units)
    • Foundations of Program Planning (4 units)
    • Designing and Evaluating Health Behavior Interventions (4 units)
    • US Health Policy (3 units)
    • Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion (4 units)
    • Advanced Statistical Methods I (4 units)
    • Advanced Research Methods (4 units)
    • Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)

Concentration Courses (10 units)

    • Advanced Topics in Public Health Management (3 units)
    • Health Equity in Research and Practice (3 units)
    • Positive Organizational Psychology (4 units)

Transdisciplinary Course (4 units)

    • Transdisciplinary Changemakers. Justice-Centered Frameworks for Education (4 units)

Advanced Practicum (0 units)

Students can choose:

1) Community Lab Course Series (0 units)

    • Community Based Translational Research to Promote Population Health (0 units)
    • Health Systems Engineering and Integration (0 units)
    • Advanced Practicum in Public Health (0 units)


2) Advanced Practicum in Public Health (0 units)


Who Should Apply

As an ideal candidate for the DrPH program, you hold a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and have a strong desire to emerge as a leader in the public health sector. You embody a range of attributes, such as the capacity to contribute to and engage with diverse communities, the ability to collaborate across different disciplines, and personal qualities like integrity, honesty, and trustworthiness. You’re not only responsible, dedicated, and persistent, but you also demonstrate a lifelong commitment to personal and professional growth. As the ideal candidate, you have the potential to make significant contributions to the field of public health, the SCGH, and the DrPH program itself. Your educational and professional goals align seamlessly with the DrPH program’s mission, which is to prepare professionals to assume leadership roles in enhancing global public health through improved research, practice, policy-making, and system response.

Applicants that show exceptional potential for success in the DrPH program may be admitted without an MPH if they can clearly demonstrate their ability to contribute to the field and excel in the program. However, they will be required to satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses (as outlined in the core course requirements for the MPH degree). Completing the five core courses, totaling 20 units, entitles students to a formal certificate in the Foundations of Public Health.


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 Claremont Graduate University opens up numerous academic and professional opportunities, including:

  • Electing students, faculty, alumni, and honorary members based on high academic standards and outstanding performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and community service.
  • Connecting students to a vast networking pool of 15,000 members from the top echelons of graduate schools, programs of public health, and the public health community.
  • Opening doors for faculty and students to network and positively impact public health initiatives in the Southern California region.
  • Boosting students’ transition from academic life to professional life.

Featured Courses

CGH 408
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 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 414
Advanced Topics in Public Health Management

Examines theoretical models and day-to-day responsibilities of public health management, including principles of program management and design thinking. Equips public health managers to lead, plan effectively, anticipate challenges, and marshal resources to address current organizational issues.

CGH 417
Health Systems Engineering & Integration

Covers the principles of systems engineering and integration for application in complex population health settings that include two or more separate and prior-existing systems including public health, community clinic (ambulatory care), hospital, and traditionally non-health organizations such as schools, NGOS, community centers, and churches to bring each into concert with the other(s) for a common population health objective.

Faculty & Research

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