Doctorate of Public Health Program
Message from the Director
David Nelson, PhD, MS, Program Director
Hello and welcome to our website with information about the Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. If you are looking for a public health program that addresses real health issues found in our communities, we hope that you will strongly consider our program. Our faculty come from a variety of disciplines and have engaged in public and community health practice and research in both urban and rural settings. Our cohort model of learning will deepen your connections to the topics and to others who care about the health of the public as much as you do. We invite you to join us at one of our virtual open houses or contact us to schedule a time for a one on one conversation. Here’s to taking your next step in becoming a public health leader.
Doctorate of Public Health Program Details
About the Program
MCW's Institute for Health & Equity offers the first online DrPH program in Wisconsin designed to prepare experienced public health practitioners with the competencies needed to lead community health improvement efforts. Training will be self-directed, faculty and dissertation advisor guided, and cohort influenced. This will enable students to work on problems together, and to challenge one another in an environment built on trust. Academic relationships and community partnerships developed through this program will support success in the short term and over the course of a career.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in senior level leadership positions in a variety of settings such as:
- Governmental agencies
- Non-governmental organizations
- Hospitals and healthcare systems
- Community-based organizations
- Academic institutions
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The DrPH program is also individually accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency that accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.
- A master’s degree from an accredited school or program in public health, a master’s degree in a related field, a doctoral degree, or a professional degree (e.g., MD, JD, PharmD). Students without a master’s degree in public health from an accredited school of public health or program may be required to complete an online core public health course.
- Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in prior graduate study
- A current resume or CV
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate work
- Personal statement that addresses the following questions:
- Describe your academic and career goals and how they align with pursuing the DrPH degree.
- Describe a public health issue that interests you.
- Describe how you learn best.
- Describe your most significant professional leadership accomplishment.
- What do you hope to gain from and contribute to the DrPH program?
- At least three years of post-graduate experience in public health, healthcare, or a related field with management or leadership responsibilities
The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis. However, applications accepted by the priority application deadline of January 15th will receive first priority for admission the following Fall.
Tuition and Fees
If you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or email@example.com. Please refer to the All Student Handbook (PDF) for tuition payment policies and information.
Current MCW Employees
Tuition Course Approval Form - Human Resources (PDF)
Students seeking financial aid please visit the Financial Aid Office website.
There will be a $100 late registration fee for anyone not completing registration by the date indicated on the schedule each semester.
There is also a $250 late payment fee for tuition not paid on time according to the Tuition Payments policy in the All Student Handbook (PDF).
Late payment fee is in addition to any late registration fee.
The MCW DrPH does not follow the more traditional tracks offered by other DrPH programs such as epidemiology or health education, but rather is interdisciplinary with a focus on advanced public health practice and leadership.
The DrPH program is a degree offered in MCW’s Public Health Program which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
-Three letters of recommendation
-Transcripts from all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate work. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in prior graduate study is required.
-Personal statement that includes reasons for applying to the program, your interests and experience in public health and/or health care, how the DrPH will support your career goals, your professional leadership accomplishments, and why you will be successful in an online program
Yes. Applicants must have at least three years of post-graduate experience in public health, health care, or a related field with management or leadership responsibilities.
Yes. All course work is completed online with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods.