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Doctor of Public Health
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) program offers an advanced professional degree designed for those who wish to pursue or further their career in public health practice. It prepares practitioners with competence in administration, advocacy, problem solving, research, and communication. Graduates are qualified to serve in a variety of leadership capacities at state, national, and international levels, enhancing the public’s health in both rural and urban settings. Three areas of concentration currently exist within the degree - community health, epidemiology, and health management and policy.
Program Admission Requirements
Application to the program is made through SOPHAS, the online application service for Schools of Public Health. If the admissions committee recommends an applicant for admission, the applicant will be notified and a supplemental application will be needed for the ETSU School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the Doctor of Public Health program is competitive and based on scholarship, letters of recommendation, and evidence of potential success.
Required elements for application include:
- Evidence of successful completion of an MPH or equivalent degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or equivalent institution.
- SOPHAS application
- Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work to SOPHAS.
- A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and prospective area of interest for the dissertation.
- Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years (except for those with a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States). Preferred scores are at or above the 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative sections.
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can acknowledge the applicant’s academic, professional, or personal achievement, competence, ethics, and potential.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Environmental Health
The purpose of the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program is to promote the environmental health sciences, and identify, prevent, and manage disease and injury. This purpose will be fulfilled through dedication to higher (doctoral level) education and training, distinction in research, innovation in policy development, and improvement of health strategies.
The course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree will be specifically designed to allow the student to achieve his or her stated interests and goals. It will take into consideration the student’s prior training and experiences, and the specific background required for demonstration of competence in an area of Environmental Health Science. Students are encouraged to take an active role in developing their program of study. A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, or 36 to 42 semester hours for students entering with a master’s degree, is required. The minimum semester hours required for students entering with a master’s degree will be determined by the Environmental HealthSciences Ph.D. Program Committee based on the student’s academic record and achievements. Additional hours beyond the minimum may be needed for completion of the degree program.
Program Admission Requirements
The Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program Committee will review applications for admission to the program. Admission decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the applicant’s ability to complete advanced study in the Environmental Health Sciences. The applicant must have earned an appropriate M.S. or more advanced research-based (thesis) degree in appropriate field of study or a MPH or more advanced degree in a research-based (thesis) option from an accredited institution. Exceptions are made for outstanding students holding appropriate baccalaureate degrees.
Admission is based on the GPA, GRE scores, quality of reference letters, strength
of background (coursework, college attended and work experience), and available space
in the program. The program can grant conditional admission to candidates not meeting
all of the minimum requirements. For example, work experience and letters of reference
can be used to justify conditional admission for students not meeting one of the minimum
requirements (e.g., GRE or GPA below what the program considers acceptable). However,
work experience cannot be substituted for one of the requirements. All students must
submit an official transcript, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, three letters of
reference, and current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume before their application will