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Evaluate program plans and influence and motivate others to solve
public health problems.
Advocate for policies and practices that advance public health at the
local, regional, national and international levels.
Solve public health problems using epidemiological approaches.
Communicate with diverse populations and cultures to empower
communities to improve public health.
Integrate and behavioral theories to promote and sustain healthy
environments for individuals and populations.
Using scientific research, develop evidence- and practice-based
strategies to improve public health.
With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.
Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.
The DrPH curriculum is designed around the essential elements of an education in public health, recommended in the Blue Ribbon Public Health Employers’ Advisory Board Report.
Our Learner Success Lab helps you learn to use your time and resources effectively—keeping you as efficient as possible.
Integrated Capstone & Practicum
Our integrated capstone and practicum allow you to research a real-world issue while gaining hands-on experience. For your capstone, you will research a public health problem and use evidence to present a solution. Your practicum will include 100 hours of working in a public health setting.
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around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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A combination of coursework, doctoral capstone, and practicum, the
DrPH program blends theory with hands-on experience to give you
professional know-how and credibility to expand your career
Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support
early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to
completing your degree.
For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.
A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert
support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your
Design and Implementation of Public Health Strategies
Learners in this course explore methods and resources for designing
and implementing an effective public health strategic plan. Learners
formulate and evaluate short and long-term solutions to public health
problems and epidemiological issues using systems thinking and
research methodologies that are collaborative, ethical, fiscally, and
Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|6 quarter credits|
Community Health Behavior and Promotion
In this course, learners explore the health behavior theories and
models that are used in the promotion of healthy behaviors in diverse
communities. Learners evaluate policy efforts to promote healthy
behaviors for disadvantaged communities, advocate for the promotion of
healthy behaviors in diverse public health organizations that
facilitate healthy practices, and lead communities in achieving their
optimal level of health. In particular, learners gain an understanding
of how to engage in the proper promotion of healthy behaviors by
helping disadvantaged communities become better informed.
|6 quarter credits|
Leadership and Emerging Trends in Public Health
In this course, learners use the 10 Essential Public Health Services
as well as leadership concepts and practices to explore emerging
trends in public health. Throughout the course, learners examine the
ways in which evidence-based data and research are incorporated into
public health policy development. In particular, learners cultivate
public health policy leadership skills and practices through the
application of critical and asymmetrical thinking to generate new
awareness about an emerging public health issue and make the case that
the issue should be recognized and acted upon as a major public health
|6 quarter credits|
Applied Methods in Epidemiology
In this course, learners analyze the application of epidemiological
research methodologies and practices to address public health issues
in diverse populations. Through the use of these methods as public
health practitioners, learners enhance their knowledge of the
appropriate research designs used in epidemiology and how to integrate
and evaluate public health data. Learners also evaluate the effects of
designed evidence-based interventions and related policy
|6 quarter credits|
Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care
In this course, learners explore underlying concepts and reasoning
related to the collection and evaluation of qualitative and
quantitative data in health care research. Learners apply appropriate
statistical techniques and practice interpreting frequently
encountered statistical outcomes. In addition, learners assess the
quality of statistical and qualitative research methods reported in
peer-reviewed health care literature.
Prerequisite(s): NHS8060. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.
Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.
Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That's why you'll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.
For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.
A look at developing public health issues and leadership
characteristics required to address them.
A look at the work of epidemiologists and potential career
opportunities in the field.
Public health officials play a vital role in researching and
educating the public on infectious diseases.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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