Online Doctor of Public Health in Leadership, Advocacy, and Equity

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In a dynamic and rapidly changing world, there’s a real opportunity for passionate visionaries of all backgrounds to come together to innovate and build stronger, equity-minded communities. The Online DrPH in Leadership, Advocacy, and Equity provides burgeoning change-makers like you with an accessible path to gain the critical leadership skills, experiences, and connections to amplify your voice and spearhead true change in your community or organization.

Online DrPH at a Glance

Flexible and Accessible

Practice-Based Learning

Interested in studying on our campus in New Orleans? Learn more about our on-ground programs on
the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine website.

Lead Equity-Minded Transformation

The Online DrPH in Leadership, Advocacy, and Equity is built for impassioned leaders who refuse to let the status quo remain unchallenged. The program teaches professionals of all backgrounds how to apply principles of leadership, advocacy, and equity in their work to become agents of change. This is accomplished through a robust combination of classroom engagement and cocurricular experiences.

What You Will Learn

The DrPH in Leadership, Advocacy, and Equity equips students with expertise, skills, and leadership acumen.


Students complete the 42-credit program* 100 percent online.

DrPH Foundational Required Courses

  • Community and Public Education
  • Methods of Research in Public Health
  • Public Health Policy and Practice
  • Community Organization: Community Work for Social Justice
  • Leadership Theory and Practice for Public Health Professionals
  • Budget and Financial Management

*Students without an MPH or equivalent foundational coursework will be required to take an additional 15 hours of credits for a total of 57 credits to complete the degree.

DrPH Advanced Required Courses

  • Social Determinants of Health I: Theory
  • Social Determinants of Health in Public Health Practice
  • Health Equity and Advocacy
  • Leadership Theory and Practice for Public Health Professionals
  • Advanced Program Planning and Grant Writing


All students will create a professional portfolio as demonstration of the APE and ILE.


Students will choose two doctoral level electives to complete the degree.

"We provide hands-on public health practice experiences grounded in a solid understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The program will provide students with the skills to successfully advocate for communities and organizations."

- Dr. Susan Cheng, PhD, MPH - Program Director for DrPH
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor Joint Appointment in
Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences
Department of Epidemiology

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

As stewards of the first school of public health in the United States, the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine cultivates independent thinkers, innovative leaders, fierce advocates, and accomplished scholars. From the neighborhoods of New Orleans to communities worldwide, we conduct research and collaborate with our partners to ensure that all of humanity has an equitable opportunity to be healthy and pursue optimal well-being.

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