This exciting new doctoral degree will prepare students to be knowledgeable and innovative leaders capable of effectively addressing the challenging and complex public health issues facing the world today. Based in the school’s Health Policy and Management department, the degree is a three-year, cohort-based distance program. Classes will be delivered in real time via internet video. Students will meet face-to-face three times each year in Year One and Year Two. Most in-person sessions will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, although some may take place elsewhere in the U.S. or around the world. Students will complete their dissertations in Year Three.
DrPH in Global Health Leadership
Who Will Benefit From This Program?
The target audience is mid- to senior-level professionals who are working full-time in organizations in which they have the ability to influence the health of populations anywhere in the world. We seek students from a wide range of backgrounds, including non-profit and for-profit health care settings, NGOs, non-profit organizations, pharma, government agencies, Ministries of Health, and foundations, as well as non-traditional settings.
A hallmark of the program is the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and home bases of our students. Our goal is to admit cohorts of 12 to 15 students who are as different from each other as possible, since diverse cohorts of learners inspire each other to think creatively.
Successful applicants will have strong academic records, at least a master’s degree (not necessarily in public health), and a minimum of several years of experience in a wide range of healthcare settings in roles with substantial management responsibility. We seek individuals who aspire to practice-oriented careers and leadership roles in organizations in which they can have maximum influence on the public’s health.
A Focus On Leadership Development
The program builds on a successful University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill model which I had the privilege to help design and lead for 10 years. Leadership skills are cultivated through diverse experiences and exposure to a wide range of perspectives. Learning is achieved experientially, through highly interactive debates and discussions. Small class sizes and live internet video allow for rich exchanges in real time, regardless of where in the world students are located.
The Fairbanks School of Public Health program will adapt this model, expanding and updating it to offer unique advantages, including:
- Global curriculum. All courses will be internationalized. Competencies gained will be applicable whether individuals live and work in Indiana, the U.S., or anywhere in the world.
- Global faculty. In addition to U.S.-based faculty, program faculty will include international faculty based in other parts of the world.
- Global network. The program will leverage relationships with other schools and programs, including opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students based around the world.
Students start the program in the fall semester. For detailed admissions criteria and instructions for applying to the DrPH in Global Health Leadership degree visit the Admissions page.DrPH Admissions
Want to Know More?
Students who are interested in this degree are encouraged to contact the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Office of Student Services at (317) 274-2000 to speak with one of our friendly, helpful admissions advisors. We’re happy to answer questions or schedule a visit to the school.