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Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH)

DrPH student Brian C. Castrucci, MA, has been named chief executive officer for the de Beaumont Foundation. In his new role, Castrucci is responsible for identifying and fostering visionary public health projects and contributing to the strategic design and tactical implementation of Foundation initiatives. Read more here.

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

DrPH Program Summary
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Use the Gillings Program Search to see quick facts and information about how to apply to this program. See our School’s tuition and fees page for related information.

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, 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.

With the exception of three on-site visits/year, students work from home and offices as they complete their degrees. Students are expected to come to campus three times/year during the first two years. One of the six on-site visits over the first two years may be to an international site or to another location in the United States. Students complete their coursework in the first two years, followed by one-to-three years to complete their dissertation.

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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