Program Description (PDF)
Orientation Handout (PDF)
Need. We do not know what that future holds, but we do know that it will be different. Our task is to help develop a diversity of leadership talent so that we can respond to tomorrow’s yet unknown demands. It calls us to be creative in our approach to meeting this challenge. This program at Loma Linda University is a unique and wonderful opportunity at the very heart of leadership development.
Focus. The primary focus of this program is to enhance the skills and abilities of those in positions of leadership; to add to the body of knowledge about leadership through observation, reflection and research; and to bring together leaders who desire to learn, mentor and model good leadership. This program, in part, helps to meet the great need for leaders of integrity and understanding in both research and practice.
Design. Leadership talents and gifts cannot be taught but they can be strengthened and made intentional. The design of the program is to help individuals discover their talents and strengths, image in the future and then devise plans to develop skills and knowledge around those unique strengths.
Learning outcomes. Building on the University’s student learning outcomes – wholeness, Christ- centered, critical thinking, discovery and life-long learning, communication, technology, diverse world, and collaboration – the program adds five more – leadership, health policy, ethics, reflection, and scholarship.
Areas of leadership competency and underlying themes. Eight areas of competency and two underlying themes (ethics and scholarship) form the framework in which the academic plan is developed and the portfolio evaluated. For this program, areas of leadership competency are defined as:
Name of Degree – Doctor of Public Health(DrPH): Health Policy and Leadership
Educational level – Doctoral (a master’s degree or above at entry)
Length of program – An average of five to six years (seven years maximum)
Delivery – On-campus
Initial date of offering – Fall 2010
Number of participants – At the outset, yearly admissions of nine-12 participants
Type of student – Persons who have a master’s degree, at least five years of experience and evidence of potential for leadership; participants will be drawn primarily from public health but also from health care, higher education, NGOs, and faith-based CBOs that have developed health initiatives, and other related groups.
Although the program completion is demonstrated in the portfolio, the academic transcript also reflects other requirements such as the recommendation by the Association of Schools of Public Health Competency Model (2008) for courses in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences.
Health policy and leadership electives (among others)
Religion electives (among others)
Department of Health Policy and Management
Nichol Hall 1313
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-8217
Fax: (909) 558-0469