Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH)

The Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership prepares mid-career professionals for senior-level positions in organizations working to improve the public’s health. The three-year, cohort-based distance program confers a DrPH in Health Administration.

The Program targets diverse individuals working full-time in the U.S. or internationally with substantial leadership responsibilities in communities, organizations and institutions. Examples include domestic or international health directors, mid-career managers in government agencies or foundations, leaders within nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, program officers and other mid-level or senior managers, and others working within the health field, including entrepreneurs and individuals working in nontraditional settings affecting the health of the public.

Students remain working in-country as they complete their degrees. With the exception of three short visits to Chapel Hill or an alternate site in each of years one and two, learning takes place in participants’ homes and offices, away from the UNC campus.

Students connect to faculty and peers mainly via computer, making substantial use of technology that allows students and faculty to interact productively and which supports live video, audio, and data sharing.  Additional details about the curriculum, dissertation, admissions criteria and instructional delivery are available at the links below.


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