DrPH in Community Health Practice

Course of Study

(Available at Houston and San Antonio Campuses)

The DrPH program emphasizes preparation for practice. It offers breadth acquiring essential competencies through the completion of courses in a major, a minor in Leadership, and a discipline or breadth minor. DrPH students are also expected to complete a practicum related to their area of interest.

All entering DrPH students are assigned an academic advisor to assist them in planning and completing their program of work. Students take a preliminary examination following completion of six required courses in the major (as indicated on the degree planner). Additional courses for completing the major, as well as courses for the Leadership minor and the discipline or breadth minor can be taken at any point, but are strongly recommended to be taken after successful completion of the preliminary examination.

Upon successful completion of the preliminary examination, each student will identify faculty to serve on their doctoral dissertation committee, and will request that the committee be appointed. The student will work with this committee to prepare a proposal for an original dissertation research project. Once the research proposal is approved by the dissertation committee and the UT Health Science Center s Institutional Review Board (IRB), the student can start work on their dissertation project, culminating in the formal written presentation and oral defense of their project.


Current Degree planner for DrPH in Community Health Practice


Competencies for DrPH in CHP

  1. Analyze and evaluate the determinants of individual and population health.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the core functions and essential services of public health.


  1. Synthesize the concepts of the public health system, evaluate its components and analyze the interactions among the components.
  2. Analyze and evaluate health-related needs and assets/resources in a community.
  3. Synthesize the principles and methods of community health, program design, implementation and evaluation.
  4. Synthesize and communicate public health concepts clearly.
  5. Evaluate effective collaboration and leadership.