Ph.D. in Public Health Services

High-quality, accessible healthcare is in great demand. Through UNC’s Ph.D. in Health Services program, you can prepare for a leadership role in a range of public and private healthcare organizations. Gain an understanding of current health legislation, policy, and ethics and how they affect the delivery of healthcare today. Conduct original research as you position yourself to become a leader in the field.

As a Ph.D. in Public Health Services student, you can:

·         Gain the knowledge needed to help identify and address critical concerns related to the nation's healthcare system.

·         Combine your interests in health services and public health and broaden your career options in the private and public sector.

·         Enhance your critical-thinking and decision-making skills as you learn to assume greater responsibility in leadership positions.

·         Work toward the same degree as prominent Walden graduates who are leaders in the field, including both a participant in the highly competitive Program and the president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

·         Community Health 

·         Healthcare Administration

·         Leadership

·         Public Health Policy

·         Self-Designed

Programme Structure

The programme will cover three years of full-time study or five years of mixed full-time and part-time study. The programme contains 120 taught credits focusing on the essential public health disciplines.

Year 1:

This programme involves two terms of taught modules focusing on core public health competencies and the development and understanding of public health knowledge. The taught modules are at D-Level, and students will be required to achieve a mark of no less than 60% in any taught unit in order to proceed with the rest of the programme.

Students who fail to achieve the requisite 60% average mark in Year 1, but obtain a mark of at least 50% in all the taught units may be awarded a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree (subject to the completion of a research project). Similarly, students who could proceed with their DrPH training but choose to withdraw may be awarded an MPH.

Years 2 and 3:

Students will undertake two or three professionally oriented placement-based research projects over Years 2 and 3 which provide exposure to the professional areas of:

·         Public Health Research;

·         Public Health Policy; and

·         Public Health Practice

Within each setting the focus is on the development and conduct of relevant and original research with each of the projects producing a publishable research report and culminating in a coherent portfolio of work.

The 'public health research' placements will be undertaken within institutions involved in public health related research activities.

Students will be supported to identify potential placements and research that could support their interests and provide high quality exposure appropriate to the aims of the DrPH. Research will be supervised by public health academics at Brunel but will be supported by specific sponsors within each organisation.

Research Areas

Public health, almost by definition, is multidisciplinary. Practitioners in public health who work within departments of health at various levels of government, those who work with international development and global health agencies, community organisations, non-government organisations and with UN and other multi-lateral agencies come to it from disciplines as disparate as nursing, medicine and allied health through to philosophy, computer science and education.

Research interests include:

·         International Health

·         Health and Development

·         Tropical Health

·         Medical Anthropology

·         Maternal and Child Health

·         Medical Sociology

·         Health Economics

·         Health Promotion

·         Health Services Research

·         Epidemiology

·         Health Geography

·         Health and Social Policy

·         Environmental Health

·         Health Psychology

·         Rehabilitation and Disability

·         Health Risk and Security

·         Social Gerontology

Entrance Criteria for DrPH Candidate

International students must have:

·         English Language Proficiency: IELTS 7

Will normally require:

·         Bachelors degree with first or 2.1 honours or Masters degree in a relevant discipline, OR

·         be able to demonstrate equivalence of the above;

Will usually have:

·         At least three years of relevant health or social science related work experience.


Exceptionally, applicants who have obtained a lower qualification than those listed above but whose experience and training can be regarded as suitable preparation may be allowed into the programme.

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