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SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP

DRPH Doctor of Public Health Health Advocacy and Leadership specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online health advocacy and leadership degree are often pursuing leadership positions in government, private or community-based public health organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Community college
  • Consulting firm
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • Health care industry
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • National health advocacy institute
  • National institute of health
  • National research institute
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Professional association
  • Public agency
  • Research organization
  • Social welfare organization
  • State department of health

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief public health advisor
  • Director of disease prevention and control
  • Full-time faculty
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health research analyst
  • Health scientist administrator
  • Health specialist
  • Infection prevention and control professional
  • Program director
  • Public health analyst
  • Public health program consultant
  • Research analyst

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†As the list above reflects, these positions are authorized by and report to a variety of governmental levels at the local, state, or federal level. Each employing agency may have specific criteria in addition to a baccalaureate degree, i.e. age requirements, professional licensure, or professional certifications. We encourage you to thoroughly research specific entry-level requirements for your job target and career goals.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities 48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award 6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.