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Requirements for All Tracks


Incoming students in 2012 cohort and thereafter are required to complete five core courses (15 credits) in urban health theory and methods, preceding cohorts complete four core courses (12 credits).

Core Courses

PUBH 800 Cities, Society, and Health (3 credits): This course presents an ecological, multilevel approach to the study of urban health and brings together public health and social science disciplines to examine the impact of city living on population health.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

PUBH 801 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research (3 credits):  This course prepares students to investigate causes and solutions to complex urban health problems by bringing together concepts, theories and methods from a variety of disciplines that contribute to our understanding of urban health. It also focuses on research that contributes to reducing health disparities and promoting well-being in urban communities.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisite: PUBH 800
     

PUBH 805 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health (3 credits): This course will introduce students to intermediate level approaches and applications in conducting quantitative research in urban public health. It follows introductory biostatistics and epidemiology courses. Course objectives include understanding the assumptions, application, and interpretation of generalized linear regression models, including linear, logistic, Poisson, and proportional hazards models; understanding standard methods for making inferences on model parameters, including Wald testing and ratio testing; and being able to fit generalized linear regression models and diagnose the appropriateness of models using standard statistical software. Particular attention will be made to choosing and defining the right outcome(s), given specific research questions and available data; defining appropriate comparison groups; and understanding the assumptions of each model in order to make appropriate choices and analytic decisions for different types of data and research questions common to urban health research. Labs will allow students to practice these new skills. The final examination will include a project in which students develop and carry out an analysis of an urban health research question using a publically accessible dataset.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • For cohorts preceding 2012, this course should be used to meet the prior requirement for PUBH 802 Advanced Methods & Ethical Issues in Urban Health Research

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite  for 2012 and following cohorts : 820 Epidemiologic Methods or equivalent

  • Prerequisite for cohorts preceding 2012: 820 Epidemiologic Methods or equivalent
     

PUBH 806 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health (3 credits): This course will introduce students to approaches in designing and conducting qualitative research in topics of relevance to public health. It is intended to provide doctoral students with a foundation in the various qualitative data collection and analysis methods, focusing on their application to public health practice and research. It will cover elements of qualitative research design, data collection, analysis, and writing for publication. This will be integrated with the main assignment in which students develop a proposal for a qualitative research project tailored to address a specific public health research question.

  • Required for the 2012 and following cohorts
     

PUBH 820 Epidemiologic Methods I (3 credits):  Research Design and Inference: Through lectures and problem-solving workshops, this course introduces fundamental methodological aspects of epidemiology to the intermediate-level student.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

     

Public Health Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar and Project

Incoming  students in 2012 and thereafter are required to complete 3 courses (9 credits) as part of the Public Health Leadership Development sequence, preceding cohorts complete an additional leadership elective for a total of 4 courses (12 credits). The sequence is designed to ensure that students attain the range of managerial and communication skills necessary for effective leadership in public health. Courses in this sequence include:

PUBH 893 Leadership & Organizational Change Seminar (3 credits): The Public Health Leadership Seminar introduces students to theories and models of leadership and organizational change and helps students to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders. Using a case study approach, students analyze successful and unsuccessful examples of public health leadership and organizational change Students develop their leadership development project proposal to be completed during PUBH 89201/02.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisite: PUBH 800;PUBH 801


PUBH 89201 & PUBH 89202 Leadership & Organizational Change Project I & II (6 credits): Through the field project, students are required to identify and make a substantial contribution to solving a problem in a public health organization. The emphasis is on the identification of well-defined and focused problems for which it is possible to develop solutions within one to two years. The majority of DPH students are employed full-time in professional public health positions. Where applicable, faculty may permit a student to select a field placement at his or her current place of employment, provided that the project is designed to impart new skills; the on-site preceptor is not the regular supervisor; and the project is carried out in a unit or department that is different from the one in which the student is employed. Students who enter the DPH program with five or more years of prior leadership experience in public health or a related field may apply to meet this requirement by writing a case study of a prior leadership experience.  To apply for the opportunity to write a retrospective case study, students must submit a request along with documentation of their professional experience and leadership competencies (e.g., evidence of having developed programs or implemented policies and/or of the impact of policies they developed) to their Advisor and Track Coordinator For students doing the retrospective case study option, they can only do so for 3 credits and must register for PUBH 89201 and at some point, an additional 3 credit elective to make up the total 6 Leadership Project credits.
PUBH 89201/02 can be taken together (6 credits total) or separately (3 credits each).

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: PUBH 800;PUBH 801;PUBH 893


Leadership & Organizational Change Elective (3 credits): In consultation with their faculty advisor, students will complete 3 additional credits as part of the Leadership Development Project to achieve their desired individual competencies in this area. This can include elective course credits (e.g., Public Health: Public Health and Public Policy, Public Health and the Media; Social Welfare: Theories of Change for Social Work Practice; Political Science: Concepts and Strategies in International Human Rights; Sociology: Contentious Politics and Large-Scale Transformations) or sponsored independent research with a faculty member. The objective of this component is to develop broader knowledge of change strategies at one or more levels of organization.

  • Required for cohorts preceding 2012 Prerequisites: PUBH 800;PUBH 801;PUBH 893; PUBH 89201/02

Research Seminars and Dissertation Research

All students are required to complete an original dissertation research project.  To prepare for the dissertation, students take two research seminars, the first within the second year of coursework and the second after completing all required courses. While students are writing the dissertation, they take the dissertation seminar.

PUBH 890 Advanced Research Seminar I (3 credits): Students develop specific research questions pertaining to potential areas of interest for their doctoral dissertations and prepare a proposal that specifies a research question, a public health rationale for the study and an appropriate research design and methods. Students will be expected to complete a literature review and design a study which may later lead to a dissertation proposal.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: PUBH 800; PUBH 801


PUBH 891 Advanced Research Seminar II (3 credits): Guides advanced students in the completion of their dissertation proposal and, if needed, Institutional Review Board (IRB) application for dissertation research. Faculty assist students to refine the research design, to fully develop appropriate research methods and analytic strategies and to provide protection for human subjects in their dissertation research

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites: All coursework; successful completion of the Second Exam


PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar (0 credits): This is a non-credit required course that students must take every semester they are enrolled in PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 or  PUBH 900.The dissertation seminar meets four times a semester and serves as a workshop in which students present and discuss their dissertation research, and review aspects of each other’s work (peer review) in between classes. 

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Taken only while enrolled in in PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 or PUBH 900.


PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04 Supervised Dissertation Research (12 credits): Students pursue doctoral research leading to the required dissertation under the supervision of their dissertation sponsor. Doctoral faculty provide supervision on data analysis, presentation and interpretation of findings.

  • Required for all cohorts, all tracks

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89901: All coursework including PUBH 891;successful submission of dissertation proposal draft
    (For students making exceptional progress, PUBH 89901  may be registered for in the same semester as the dissertation proposal is successfully defended  with the approval of the track coordinator )

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89902:
    PUBH 89901;successful defense of dissertation proposal

  • Prerequisites for PUBH 89903-04:
    PUBH 89901-2; successful progress with the dissertation.
    (For students making exceptional progress, PUBH 89903 & 04 may be registered for in the same semester with the approval of the track coordinator)


PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision (0 credits):  Students requiring additional time to complete their dissertation after the completion of PUBH 89901, 02, 03 and 04, must register for PUBH 900 and PUBH 898. This as well as PUBH 898 will appear as audit on the transcript.

Overview of Required Courses for all DPH Students


Requirements for all DPH students:  
PUBH 800 Cities, Society, and Health
PUBH 801 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Health Research
PUBH 805/802 Quantitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
PUBH 806 (2012 and following cohorts only) Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health
PUBH 820 Epidemiologic Methods I
PUBH 890 Advanced Research Seminar I
PUBH 891 Advanced Research Seminar II
PUBH 893 Leadership & Organizational Change 
PUBH 89201 & 89202 Leadership and Organizational Change Project I & II
PUBH 89901/02/03/04 Supervised Dissertation Research
PUBH 898 Dissertation Seminar

Examinations

Students in all cohorts and all tracks take two examinations to test their mastery of the curriculum.
 
The First Examination is given after students have completed track-specific courses with 24-30 credits for the 2012 cohort and 21-27 credits for preceding cohorts.  For all cohorts, students must be in good academic standing. Students cannot continue coursework beyond 45 credits until they pass this exam. The student must apply in advance to take this exam.

The Second Examination is given after students have completed all required coursework except PUBH 891 and PUBH 89901/02/03/04. Students cannot take PUBH 891 or begin their dissertation until they have passed this exam.  The student must apply in advance to take this exam.