Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

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

Deborah Leachman Slawson, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor, Chair, DrPH Coordinator
Department of Community and Behavioral Health

College of Public Health

Box 70674
Phone: (423) 439-4592
Email: DrPHcoordinator@etsu.edu
Office Location: Lamb Hall 458

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

Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applications must include:

  1. Evidence of successful completion of an M.P.H. or equivalent degree in a related field.
  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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional for applicants seeking admission to the DrPH. 
  6. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.


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. Please check the SOPHAS site for additional application information and deadlines. ETSU employees may apply using only the Graduate School’s electronic application system.

Dr.P.H. Graduation Requirements

Completion of the Dr.P.H. degree will require (1) a minimum of 58 credits 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) completing a dissertation of publishable quality; and (6) 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.

Public Health, Dr.P.H. Degree Requirements: 58-61 credits

Core Requirements 22 credits
Concentration 12 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9 credits
Practicum Experience 6 credits
Culminating Experience 9-12 credits
TOTAL 58-61 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 9 credits

Any COBH, HSMP, EPID, BSTA, SOCI, PSYC, ELPA courses at or above the 5000 level.