Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
We offer three DrPh degree programs:
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The DrPH degree programs offers training for careers in which advanced expertise in program planning, implementation, evaluation and policy analysis are required. Students’ doctoral project (Integrated learning experience) and applied practice experience are key components in the development of critical thinking and leadership skills.
A minimum of two years is generally required to complete course work, if full time. Program plans are described under individual majors. The number of units of course work required to complete the program may be reduced accordingly but is not to be fewer than 54 units plus applied practice experience and integrated learning experience units at Loma Linda University.
The overall DrPH curriculum is designed using a faith-based lens to accurately reflect the mission and vision of Loma Linda University and the School of Public Health. Additionally, nine units of courses offered by the LLU School of Religion are included in the curriculum to allow the students to enhance personal spiritual development as well as application of faith-based values to professional practice.
The admissions requirements for the doctoral degree programs described below are in addition to the University admissions requirements. The minimum eligibility requirements for admission to a doctoral degree program include the following:
- an MPH degree or master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution, with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above. Applicants with a master’s degree in another field may indicate their relevant training, research experience, or educational background comparable to the MPH. DrPH applicants who are admitted without an MPH may be required to take additional course work at the graduate level to satisfy MPH core competencies.
- Satisfactory performance on G.R.E. or equivalent is required; scores must have been attained within the last five years.
- Religious affiliation is not a requirement; but students are expected to adhere to on-campus requirements of modest dress, abstinence from alcohol and smoking, and attendance at weekly chapel, as applicable.