The Rutgers School of Public Health on Monday launched its newly revised Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree in Leadership, Practice and Research, which is accepting students for the Fall 2020 semester.
According to Rutgers, the program is being relaunched amid the COVID-19 pandemic, when the state, country and world are experiencing a shortage of public health professionals.
The doctoral degree prepares mid-to senior-career public health professionals to gain knowledge and skills in leadership, practice and research, which will assist them in assuming positions of greater responsibility and helping to achieve public health impact at the local, national and international levels.
Since the program had already been designed to provide a hybrid learning experience, it is uniquely well-positioned to deal with any potential further disruptions due to the pandemic.
“Now, more than ever, we need agile public health leaders who are equipped with the skills necessary to address future health crisis,” said Perry Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health.
The university said the Rutgers School of Public Health is the only institution offering a Doctor of Public Health in New Jersey.
The 48-credit degree program is described by Rutgers as a part-time hybrid program, where courses are completed online and supplemented with several face-to-face meetings across the duration of the program. After completing required coursework, students will take a comprehensive qualifying exam, participate in an applied practice experience and defend a dissertation.
Prospective students must have completed a master’s degree program and a minimum of five years of professional experience within a public health or health-related setting.