The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health will launch a new DrPH in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems in Fall 2012. The innovative new program combines on-site formal classes, remote learning, and field-based research to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge, and drive to take on leadership roles in the field of global health and humanitarian response.
The program structure will equip participants with strong research and measurement capacities and supports their practical application to ‘on-the-ground’ realities of humanitarian aid and global health practice.
Drawing extensively on the expertise and field engagement of professors from the Program on Forced Migration & Health and other department faculty working in the field of global health and humanitarian systems, the curriculum will place a particular focus on themes of policy, protection, and evaluation.
The program is intended for leaders and future leaders in public health who want a flexible career combining high level leadership, management and research skills. It is aimed at public health professionals who are invested in applied science, and wish to utilize a systems approach to research, program management and policy development in practice-based settings in developing and crisis-affected contexts. Although open to those earlier in their careers with relevant field experience, the design of the program particularly reflects the needs of mid-career global health and humanitarian professionals. The degree will provide such candidates with the advanced skills in evaluation, organizational management, and technical expertise necessary for career development while allowing them to maintain careers and leadership positions within their current organization and/or home country.
Entrants to the DrPH program will normally hold an MPH, MSW, MD, or similar advance degree that has introduced them to basic concepts of statistics, healthcare management, social sciences and population-based sciences, as well as having several years of professional experience working globally in health and protection in humanitarian and/or developing country settings. It is expected that most students in the DrPH program will continue to work during their term of study, with the exception of their first two semesters, during which students will fulfill the DrPH residency requirement as full-time students residing in New York.
Applicants to the DrPH degree program should submit their completed online applications to the Mailman School of Public Health by December 1st to ensure full consideration for admission and funding.