University Senate passed a proposal for a new SPH doctorate program

A new doctorate program could be coming to the University of Maryland’s public health school in fall 2020.

The 44-credit Doctorate of Public Health program — which anticipates a cohort of about 12 students from different areas of the department — would be a step above a master’s program for leaders in the field, according to a proposal by the Programs, Curricula and Courses Committee passed Thursday by the University Senate.

It passed with 103 in favor, 4 in opposition and 8 abstentions, and is now awaiting approval from university President Wallace Loh.

“The goal of the doctoral program is to develop health professionals competent in understanding the health needs of populations who are qualified to conduct and translate research to implement programs and policies aimed at improving the public’s health,” the proposal read.

Unlike the public health school’s existing PhD in public health, the new program would be more centered

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