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DrPH in Global Health Leadership

Sue BabichProspective Students,

We are delighted to be accepting applications for the new DrPH degree in Global Health Leadership at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

This exciting new doctoral degree will prepare students to be knowledgeable and innovative leaders capable of effectively addressing the challenging and complex public health issues facing the world today. Based in the school’s Health Policy and Management department, the degree is a three-year, cohort-based distance program. Classes are delivered in real time via internet video. Students meet face-to-face three times each year in years one and two. Most in-person sessions take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, although some may take place elsewhere in the U.S. or around the world. Students complete their dissertations in year three.

Learn how to apply.

Who Will Benefit From This Program?
The target audience is mid- to senior-level professionals who are working full-time in organizations in which they have the ability to influence the health of populations anywhere in the world. We seek students from a wide range of backgrounds, including non-profit and for-profit health care settings, NGOs, non-profit organizations, pharma, government agencies, Ministries of Health, and foundations, as well as non-traditional settings.

A hallmark of the program is the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and home bases of our students. Our goal is to admit cohorts of 12 to 15 students who are as different from each other as possible, since diverse cohorts of learners inspire each other to think creatively.

Successful applicants will have strong academic records, at least a master’s degree (not necessarily in public health), and a minimum of several years of experience in a wide range of healthcare settings in roles with substantial management responsibility. We seek individuals who aspire to practice-oriented careers and leadership roles in organizations in which they can have maximum influence on the public’s health.

For more information, please read our FAQs.

A Focus On Leadership Development
The program builds on a successful University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill model which I had the privilege to help design and lead for 10 years. Leadership skills are cultivated through diverse experiences and exposure to a wide range of perspectives. Learning is achieved experientially, through highly interactive debates and discussions. Small class sizes and live internet video allow for rich exchanges in real time, regardless of where in the world students are located.

The Fairbanks School of Public Health program will adapt this model, expanding and updating it to offer unique advantages, including:

  • Global curriculum. All courses are internationalized. Competencies gained are applicable whether individuals live and work in Indiana, the U.S., or anywhere in the world.
  • Global faculty. In addition to U.S.-based faculty, the program includes international faculty based in other parts of the world.
  • Global network. The program leverages relationships with other schools and programs, including opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students based around the world.

Apply Now
Click here to apply.

For More Information
Email Shawne Mathis, Associate Director of Graduate Affairs.

Sue Babich, DrPH, MS
Associate Dean of Global Health
Director, Doctoral Program in Global Health Leadership
Professor of Health Policy and Management


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