General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Mary Duncan; firstname.lastname@example.org; 423-439-4302
Deborah L. Slawson, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.;
Department of Community and Behavioral Health
Phone: (423) 439-4332
Office Location: Room 318, Lamb Hall
Johnson City, TN 37614
Doctor of Public Health Degree
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program offers an advanced professional degree designed for those who wish to pursue or further their career in public health practice. It prepares practitioners with competence in administration, advocacy, problem solving, research, and communication. Graduates are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at state, national, and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings. Two areas of concentration currently exist within the degree - community health and epidemiology. For more information on admission and degree requirements see the Dr.P.H. entries under the Community and Behavioral Health Department or Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, respectively.
Program Admission Requirements
(Admission deadline: March 1)
Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success, including:
- Evidence of successful completion of an M.P.H. or equivalent degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.
- Application form and accompanying fee.
- One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (except previous coursework completed at ETSU).
- A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation.
- Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years (except for those with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States). Preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative sections.
- Four letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.
Applications are accepted once a year only, for entry into the fall semester and must be received by March 1 for consideration. Applicants to this program are required to use the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) which can be accessed at www.SOPHAS.org.
The Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology offers the Dr.P.H. degree with a concentration in epidemiology. Graduates will have advanced professional skills and knowledge in the identification of causes of health and illness in human populations and the application of this knowledge to disease prevention and control.
Note: Applications for all programs in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology are to be sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Please see the ETSU Graduate Studies web site for instructions, requirements, and application forms.
Completion of the Dr.P.H. degree will require (1) a minimum of 58 semester credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree as described; (2) a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; (3) passing doctoral comprehensive candidacy examination; (4) satisfactory completion of a practicum; (5) passing the preliminary oral examination; (6) completing a dissertation of publishable quality; and (7) passing the final dissertation defense. All students must pass Institutional Review Board certification sponsored by ETSU if working with human subjects, as well as HIPAA certification if their research/practicum falls under the requirements to secure the privacy and confidentiality of patient records.