The changing pattern of doctoral education in public health from 1985 to 2006 and the challenge of doctoral training for practice and leadership

Eugene Declercq, Karen Caldwell, Suzanne Havala Hobbs, Bernard Guyer

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Abstract

We examined trends in doctoral education in public health and the challenges facing practice-oriented doctor of public health (DrPH) programs. We found a rapid rise in the numbers of doctoral programs and students. Most of the increase was in PhD students who in 2006 composed 73% of the total 5247 current public health doctoral students, compared with 53% in 1985. There has also been a substantial increase (40%) in students in DrPH programs since 2002. Challenges raised by the increased demand for DrPH practice-oriented education relate to admissions, curriculum, assessment processes, and faculty hiring and promotion. We describe approaches to practice-based doctoral education taken by three schools of public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1565-1569
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume98
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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