The New Harvard Doctor of Public Health: Lessons From the Design and Implementation of an Innovative Program in Advanced Professional Leadership

Peter Berman, Julio Frenk

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Abstract

We documented lessons learned in the initial design and development of the new Harvard doctor of public health (DrPH) degree, an innovative professional public health doctorate designed to provide advanced education in the field of public health. Using data from program documents, personal participation in the development and administration of the degree, and initial students’ results, we present key learnings from this experience and describe the program’s goals and processes. Now entering its fifth year, the new Harvard DrPH program has enrolled about 70 students and graduated its first 2 classes in a program that combines advanced public health study with leadership development and field engagement. Development of this transformational innovation in advanced public health education required creative approaches to competency development and curriculum design, engagement of faculty to become supportive stakeholders, and substantial support for educational administration. Demand for a program of this type is strong. Continuous improvement is ongoing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic health reports
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

Keywords

  • public health
  • public health education
  • public health leadership
  • schools of public health
  • workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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