Plant Health (DPH)


Plant Health, DPH

On Campus 100 cr

The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) is a professional degree focused on educating high-level plant practitioners who are critical to the sustainability and security of future plant production systems.


The DPH program emphasizes broad interdisciplinary education across all plant-related disciplines and incorporates practical training and experience. The program requires 100 graduate credit hours, plus the required internships. Unique aspects to this University of Nebraska–Lincoln program include:

  • Core curriculum provides significant depth across all major disciplines involved in plant health (agronomy/horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, soil science, weed science).
  • Experiential learning through internships provides unique opportunities to develop skills in managing integrated production systems and problem-solving by applying multidisciplinary skills to actual plant health problems.
  • Flexibility through elective credits and internships hone professional interests and bolster training credentials.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic training enables the effective identification and management of all issues affecting plant health.
  • Enhancing capacity in leadership and various soft skills actively sought by employers.

As a Doctor of Plant Health, you will make a significant impact throughout your career by applying science to plant management systems while working to maximize the systems economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita
  • Personal Statement: This statement should explain your background, explicitly describe your professional interests and goals, and state how the DPH program will help you meet these goals


Plant Health

Graduate Chair

Jeffrey Bradshaw

Program Director

Gary Hein

Support Staff

Kelly White

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