Doctoral Degrees

Two Options for Doctoral Study

The UIC School of Public Health offers two doctoral degrees: the DrPH and the PhD. The first caters to public health practitioners, while the second is designed for aspiring researchers. This page provides a brief overview of each degree. For more details including program requirements and objectives click on the title of the degree that interests you in the chart below.

SPH Degree by Division

Click the degree below for more information.

PhD

DrPH

Community Health Sciences

Onsite

 

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Onsite

 

Epidemiology

Onsite

 

Biostatistics

Onsite

 

Health Policy and Administration

Onsite

 

Doctor of Public Health

 

Online

DrPH

The DrPH is designed for working public health practitioners with significant management experience and demonstrated leadership potential. This program is modeled on action learning, and emphasizes engagement with faculty, colleagues, and peers. Students will acquire new analytic skills and perspectives while learning how to effect policy and drive change in a complex public health climate. UIC SPH is one of only two fully CEPH accredited schools of public health in the nation offering the DrPH degree at a distance.

PhD

The PhD in public health sciences prepares scholars to conduct in-depth research and provide advanced instruction in public health at the college and university level. It also prepares researchers for governmental, private, and voluntary organizations in the prevention and control of disease. Students may choose from four divisions within the School: Community Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Health Policy and Administration. 

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