The UIC SPH DrPH degree is completed part-time through asynchronous/synchronous distance based moralities allowing working professionals to broaden their grasp of public health leadership, management, practice, and research without interrupting their careers. Once per year in the summer (typically August), students are required to attend a 3-day, residential DrPH Summer Institute. After completing preliminary coursework and there-part portfolio, students work under the guidance of an advisor to complete a dissertation exploring a public health problem from a leadership perspective.
The DrPH program is competency-driven, following the recommendations of the Association of Schools of Public Health for the Doctor of Public Health degree. The curriculum has been designed around six core competencies. Students are expected to achieve a level of mastery for each competency. 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 dissertation 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 2016-2017
Technology Specifications for Distance Learners
Currently, the UIC School of Public Health uses Blackboard™ and Google Sites to manage both in-person and online courses and Adobe Connect 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
- 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™, Google Sites 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.