How is a Dr.P.H. different from a Ph.D.?
It is important to differentiate a Ph.D. from a Dr.P.H. program.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is an advanced degree in research training, theory and methodology. The program stresses knowledge and competency in statistical methods and research design. Recipients of this degree have a comprehensive understanding of research methods and the application of these methods. Usually PhD programs emphasize the utilization of experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. Such training prepares Ph.D. graduates for academic and related professions that involve teaching and research. Universities, other academic institutions, or organizations conducting research generally employ these graduates.
This program focuses on a “professional” Dr.P.H. degree targeted toward administrators and practitioners who have three or more years of professional experience beyond the M.P.H. degree. As an advanced professional degree emphasizing methods, applications, and applied research, the Dr.P.H. links theory to practice. Its graduates solve significant public health issues using innovative methods and new knowledge. Prospective careers include high-level administration, teaching, policy-making, applied research, or program evaluation positions in which graduates will utilize the advanced analysis, critical evaluation, and problem-solving skills at the core of the Dr.P.H. program.
Where are courses taught?
All required courses are taught on University of Georgia Gwinnet Campus in Lawrenceville, Ga.
How long will it take to complete the program?
The Dr.P.H. program operates on a Fall, Spring and Summer schedule that allows for completion of the degree in four years. The program may be accelerated with the addition of one elective to Fall and Spring semester schedules of Year 1 and 2, but electives will be limited.