Doctor of Public Health Leadership

The need for public health leaders has never been greater. Few practitioners in public health have doctoral-level degrees, and few doctoral programs focus on the development of leadership skills specific to the public health arena. The online Doctor in Public Health Leadership (DrPH) degree provides comprehensive leadership training in all areas of public health, exposing students to the latest in research, practice, and theory.

The DrPH offered by the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago is tailored to mid-career public health professionals who want to expand their knowledge and practice of public health. With the flexibility to learn online from anywhere around the world, students in the DrPH Program in Leadership will join a stimulating community of peers and renowned faculty en route to an outstanding educational experience.  Those who earn the DrPH from UIC will possess the skills to lead practice-based research, influence public health policy, effect change in health systems and institutions, and assume key roles in the public health community at local, national and international levels.

  • Adaptive leadership is the collaborative approach to leadership that generates commitment by groups, organizations and communities to face and resolve complex challenges requiring significant change that rise above the usual management problems of everyday organizational life.

  • System change requires systems thinking and involves the identification and transformation of multiple higher-level structures and practices needed to address the complexity of "wicked" problems faced by organizations and communities, which have resisted more conventional pragmatic or technical solutions.

  • Evidence based inquiry is an approach to investigation into organizational or community challenges that draws on the tenets of science but maintains a pragmatic focus on experience-based problem solving to gather real-world data and employs systematic methods and critical thinking related to those who are directly experiencing the problem.

  • Equity a core principle of adaptive leadership, recognizes that social structures all around us have historically evolved invisible but real institutional barriers that impair the ability of some population groups to enjoy the full benefits of health and equal participation in community life, and actively attempts to surface and confront these barriers in the course of problem-solving activities conducted by organizations and communities.

Our vision is to build a cadre of dedicated public health leaders who can set strategic direction, drive transformational change, create responsive systems, and contribute to the evidence base of public health practice.

Christina Welter  |  Program Director

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Equity Focused

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A core principle of adaptive leadership that recognizes that social structures all around us have historically evolved invisible but real institutional barriers that impair the ability of some population groups to enjoy the full benefits of health and equal participation in community life, and actively attempts to surface and confront these barriers in the course of problem-solving activities conducted by organizations and communities.

Evidence Based

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An approach to investigation into organizational or community challenges that draws on the tenets of science but maintains a pragmatic focus on experience-based problem solving to gather real-world data and employs systematic methods and critical thinking related to those who are directly experiencing the problem.

Adaptive Leadership

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The collaborative approach to leadership that generates commitment by groups, organizations and communities to face and resolve complex challenges requiring significant change that rise above the usual management problems of everyday organizational life.

Equity Focused

A core principle of adaptive leadership, recognizes that social structures all around us have historically evolved invisible but real institutional barriers that impair the ability of some population groups to enjoy the full benefits of health and equal participation in community life, and actively attempts to surface and confront these barriers in the course of problem-solving activities conducted by organizations and communities.

Evidence Based

An approach to investigation into organizational or community challenges that draws on the tenets of science but maintains a pragmatic focus on experience-based problem solving to gather real-world data and employs systematic methods and critical thinking related to those who are directly experiencing the problem.

Adaptive Leadership

The collaborative approach to leadership that generates commitment by groups, organizations and communities to face and resolve complex challenges requiring significant change that rise above the usual management problems of everyday organizational life.

System Change

Requires systems thinking and involves the identification and transformation of multiple higher-level structures and practices needed to address the complexity of “wicked” problems faced by organizations and communities, which have resisted more conventional pragmatic or technical solutions.