DrPH in Global Health Leadership

Doctoral Program in Global Health Leadership (DrPH)

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and scholars regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. The letters of recommendation must come from individuals who can speak to applicants’ leadership abilities. Personal statements must include detailed responses to a list of questions provided in the application instructions.

A degree in public health is not required to be admitted. However, individuals must have a master’s degree or earned doctorate to be eligible for the program.

Individuals without a master’s degree in public health from an accredited school of public health will also need to complete core masters-level courses in epidemiology, health policy and management, biostatistics, social and behavioral science and environmental health science or document their equivalencies before a DrPH degree can be conferred. We strongly recommend completion of these courses prior to beginning the DrPH program, though it is also feasible to complete the MPH core courses concurrently with the doctoral coursework.

Admission Deadline

All applicants are encouraged to apply by January 1 for early admission. After January 1 we will continue to admit students as space permits. 

US Applicants
March 1

International Applicants
February 1

Indiana University and IUPUI have partnered with Liaison International to create the Indiana University Graduate CAS, which launched September 3rd! If you are applying for Fall 2020 term please apply below.

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Official transcripts from all universities attended must be sent directly from the university to the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health Office of Student Services.

Transcripts must be sent from university in the institutions sealed envelope directly to:

IU Fairbanks School of Public Health
Office of Student Services and Admissions
Health Sciences Building RG 6016
1050 Wishard Blvd.
Indianapolis IN 46202-2872

Digital transcripts are also accepted and must be emailed to Shawne Mathis at snmathis@iu.edu


For each position on the resume or CV, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.

Resume or CV can be uploaded electronically to the IUPUI application.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will need to submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from qualified individuals who can comment on the applicant's leadership abilities. Qualified individuals include supervisors and colleagues who can provide a critical assessment of the applicant's abilities. It is preferred that letters of recommendation come from professional sources rather than academic references.

Personal Statement

Each applicant needs to submit a written personal statement. The personal statement will be weighted heavily in the application process.

While there are no set guidelines for the length or format of the personal statement, we encourage applicants to submit statements no greater than five single-spaced pages in length. Responses, however, should be detailed enough to give the admissions committee a thorough understanding of the applicant's background and motivations for pursuing this particular program.

Personal statements should address the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in this particular DrPH program?
  • Why do you care about the public’s health?
  • Students in this program will learn as much from each other as they will from faculty and guests. What will other students learn from you?
  • What are your career goals? Be as specific as possible.
  • What has been your most significant professional leadership accomplishment to date? Please explain.
  • What are some risks you've taken in your career?
  • What is the biggest disappointment or failure you've had in your career? What did you learn from this experience?
  • Anything else you would like to tell us about your background, personality, work style, or other points?


All finalists for admission to the DrPH program will be interviewed via distance by representatives of the admissions committee. At the point in time when finalists have been identified, they will be contacted by the program to find a convenient date and time for the interview.