The Mailman School's doctoral degree programs provide students with tremendous access to renowned researchers and thought leader across the spectrum of public health. Through their course of study, doctoral students obtain the tools needed to create knowledge in the field and advance the practice of public health.
The School offers two doctoral degrees. The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) can be obtained in:
- Environmental Health Sciences
- Population and Family Health (Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems)
- Sociomedical Sciences
The School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:
The DrPH and PhD degrees prepare students for careers in academia and other research settings. The DrPH degree is for individuals seeking expertise in the science of application. The PhD degree is for those individuals with research and/or teaching as their goal, where scholarship is represented by the creation of new and innovative knowledge.
Graduates of the DrPH degree complete a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the course work for the MPH degree or equivalent professional degree in public health.
The PhD degree is conferred by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, as are all PhD degrees at Columbia University. Graduates of the PhD degree program complete a minimum of 60 credit hours that constitute the combined requirements for the MA and PhD degree. Students entering the PhD degree program with MA degrees from other universities may receive up to 30 credits of advanced standing.
To learn more about degree competencies, curriculum plans, and student handbooks, visit the Department websites. Academic directors in each department are available to provide prospective students with additional guidance on which program is the best fit for their academic and career goals. Applicants are also encouraged to review faculty profiles—including their research interests—to identify a good fit with the discipline of choice. (See faculty directory.)