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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health, Dr.P.H. (Community Health Concentration)

General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Alondra Robbins;; (423) 439-4302

Deborah Slawson, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Associate Professor, DrPH Coordinator
Department of Community and Behavioral Health
(423) 439-4592
Office Location: Room 310, 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. Three areas of concentration currently exist within the degree - community health, epidemiology, and health management and policy. For more information on admission and degree requirements see the Dr.P.H. entries under the Community and Behavioral Health Department, Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department or Health Services Management and Policy, respectively.

Program Admission Requirements

(Target Date: February 1)

Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success, including:

  1. 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.
  2. Application form and accompanying fee.
  3. One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work (except previous coursework completed at ETSU).
  4. A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation.
  5. 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). If ETSU has GRE scores taken within the last 5 years already on file, the applicant does not need to resubmit these scores.
  6. Three 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

Community Health Concentration

Information concerning the concentration in Community Health Sciences appears below.

Dr.P.H. Degree Requirements

Total Core Hour Requirements: 25 Credit Hours

Total Concentration Hour Requirements: 12 Credit Hours


(selected in consultation with academic advisor)

6 Credit Hours

Total Practicum Hour Requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Total Culminating Experience Hour Requirements: 9 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Dr.P.H.: 58 Credit Hours

Dr.P.H. Graduation Requirements

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 the 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.