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Doctorate of Public Health Program

The accredited, online DrPH program consists of 46 credits including 10 dissertation credits. The curriculum is delivered using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities including three summer visits to campus. Students will participate in a cohort model and the program is designed to be completed in three years.
Doctorate of Pubic Health Program at MCW

Message from the Director

David Nelson, PhDDavid Nelson, PhD, MS, Program Director
DrPH Program
drph@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4510

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

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

CEPH Accreditation
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.


Admissions

Admissions

Admissions Requirements

  • 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

 

Application Information
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

Tuition and Fees

If you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or mcwtuition@mcw.edu. Please refer to the All Student Handbook (PDF) for tuition payment policies and information.

Current MCW Employees
Tuition Course Approval Form - Human Resources (PDF)

Financial Aid
Students seeking financial aid please visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Late Fees
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.

Virtual Open House

Virtual Open House

We invite you to attend our virtual open house to learn more about what our Doctorate of Public Health program can do for you!
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DrPH FAQ

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What is the difference between a PhD and DrPH?
A PhD in public health has a traditional focus on research, whereas the DrPH emphasizes advanced public health practice, applied population health research, and leadership.
How does the MCW DrPH differ from other DrPH programs?

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.

Is the DrPH program accredited?

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).

How do I apply to the DrPH program and what is the deadline?
The Graduate School coordinates the admissions process using an online application system. The Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis. However, applications accepted by the priority application deadline of January 15th will receive priority for admission the following fall. Completed applications are sent to the DrPH Admissions Committee for review.
What must I submit for the DrPH application?
-Current resume or CV
-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
Do I need a graduate or professional degree to apply to the program?
Yes. Applicants must possess a master’s degree from an accredited school or program in public health, or 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.
Must applicants have experience in public health or health care?

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.

Is there a Graduate Records Exam (GRE) requirement?
No, a GRE is not required for the DrPH program.
When are students admitted to the DrPH program?
Students are admitted for the fall term only.
Does the program accept international students?
Due to Department of Homeland Security rules for online programs, MCW is unable to accept international students for the DrPH program at this time.
Can I transfer credits from another doctoral program or school?
Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.
Are all courses provided in an online format?

Yes. All course work is completed online with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous methods.

What kind of internet connection and software do I need to access coursework?
Students must have a high-speed DSL or cable connection.  A PC running MS Windows OS or a Mac running OS X. Firefox, Safari Chrome, or Microsoft Edge are recommended. Internet Explorer is no longer supported. Microsoft Office 2007 or newer and Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required.
Do I ever need to visit campus?
Yes. Students are required to participate in activities on campus for three to four days in August during the first week of classes each year.  Students are also required to attend commencement in May.
What is the maximum amount of time allowed to complete the program?
The program was developed utilizing a cohort model in which students may complete the program (46 credits) in three years.  However, students have up to five years to complete the program.
How will a DrPH advance my career?
This DrPH program in advanced public health leadership and practice is designed for experienced public health practitioners.  The majority of students in the DrPH program will already be employed and may remain with their current employers when they complete the program. Graduates of the program will be prepared for senior leadership positions in a variety of settings such as governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, hospitals and healthcare systems, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and private companies.
Does MCW offer any financial support?
MCW does not provide any grants or scholarships at this time, but students may apply for financial aid through the Financial Aid Office.
What is the cost of tuition?
Please refer to the Tuition and Fees Schedule for the most current tuition rates and fees.

Additional information coming soon!