Doctor of Public Health in Leadership

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The UIC SPH DrPH degree is completed part-time through distance based modalities allowing working professionals to broaden their grasp of public health management, practice, and research without interrupting their careers. The DrPH Summer Institute is an annual, mandatory residency component.  After completing preliminary coursework, students work under the guidance of an advisor to complete a thesis exploring a public health problem from a leadership perspective.  Click on the links below for information on DrPH competencies, requirements, and qualifications.


The DrPH program at the UIC School of Public Health is centered around six core competencies.  Students are expected to master each of the core areas thereby acquiring a broad knowledge base in public health. Click the link for more DrPH Competencies‌ information.


The DrPH curriculum includes 28 semester hours (SH) of core requirements, 8 SH of a focus area, attendance at the annual summer institute, and a thesis project (28 SH).  Up to 32 SH of credit may be granted for those already holding an MPH or related degree. Click the link for more DrPH Curriculum‌ information.


The Student Handbook contains the most relevant guidelines in order to properly progress through the DrPH program. Click the link for the full DrPH Student Handbook 2018-2019.


Everything you need to know about tuition, deadlines, transfer credit, qualifications, and application procedures. For more information, click here.


Currently, the UIC School of Public Health uses Blackboard™ to manage both in-person and online courses and e-Rooms (based on Saba Centra™)* to provide synchronous classroom experiences to distance learners including audio, video and application sharing.

While the school recommends that all DrPH students invest in up-to-date technology to support course activities, students in the distance learning program should plan on the following minimum technology requirements:

  • Windows or Macintosh laptop with a 2GHz or faster processor and 4GB or more of RAM
  • Microphone and speakers and/or headset for voice communications
  • Webcam
  • A high-speed, reliable broadband Internet connection available at every location from which students plan to access synchronous class sessions.


UIC SPH will provide additional instruction and support for using Blackboard™, e-Rooms and related technology during a student’s first Summer Institute, and the DrPH program will provide ongoing support throughout the academic year.

Please note that UIC SPH has no control over firewalls, software restrictions or other limitations at students’ workplaces or other locations from which students may connect to online classes. Students are responsible for ensuring they can access school programs from all locations from which they intend to connect.

*Specific technology platforms subject to change, but equipment requirements will still apply.

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