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 public health practice from a leadership and management perspective. 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 Economics. 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

4-5 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Doctor of Public Health

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 411
Health Care Economics & Financing

Applies population and public health, health policy and the health of individuals so that students can understand the underpinnings of the U.S. Health System and how the economy and our own economic individual choices influence it.

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 413
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 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, churches to bring each into concert with the other(s) for a common population health objective.


Foundations of Program Planning
Global Health Evaluation & Applied Research
Foundations of Global Health: A Transdisciplinary Approach
Research Methods
Fundamentals of Population Health
Health Equity in Research and Practice
Advanced Topics in Public Health Management
Doctoral Seminar in Positive Organizational Development
U.S. Health Policy
Health Economics & Financing
Advanced Theoretical Foundations in Health Education & Promotion
Advanced Statistical Methods I
Advanced Research Methods
Seminar in Grant Writing & Proposal Development
Community Based Translational Research to Promote Population Health
Health Systems Engineering & Integration
Foundations of Inclusive Pedagogy and Course Design
Teaching Practice and Demonstration
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

    Distinguished University Professor
    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Executive Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

    Research Interests

    Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

    The Evaluators’ Institute

  • 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 Healani Palmer profile image

    Paula Healani Palmer

    Associate Professor of Community and Global Health
    Director of the PhD in Health Promotion Sciences program

    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

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education Accreditation

  • 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

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    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
    Director of the Applied Biostatistics (MS) program

    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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