A proposal for a new doctor of public health (DrPH) program at Penn State College of Medicine was recently approved by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Expected to start fall 2016, the program’s design was based on a model that the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) supports. It was designed to prepare graduates for creating and implementing public health solutions in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The program also plans on focusing on such things as integration, discovery, and application with the goal of bringing public health practice and research together to serve the community.
Once started, the DrPH program will welcome students who have a master’s degree in any subject. Students in the program will complete 60 coursework credits along with doctoral research and advanced field experience, and they will be allowed to select a specific area of focus for their studies. Credits will be split among three areas. Required classroom-based courses will make up 24 of the 60 credits, while elective courses will make up an additional 21 credits. Meanwhile, the remaining 15 credits will come from doctoral research and advanced field experience.