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Prepare to think critically and lead effectively while facing ever more complex public health issues. With Capella University’s online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program you'll be provided with opportunities to collaborate with other public and private sector professionals whose work often intersects with the field of public health. You will also analyze and apply research to the design of public health programs, devise equitable solutions to address immediate and long-term public health issues as well as lead collaboratively with integrity and social responsibility. The interprofessional education you’ll receive at Capella University will help you collaborate across disciplines to improve health outcomes throughout your community.

Degree Highlights

  • Direct Path: You can transfer up to 18 credits into your DrPH, which could save you nine months and $13,000 on the cost of your degree.
  • Professionally Aligned: Our competency-based curriculum allows you to gain the relevant competencies that employers require.
  • Credible: 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.
  • Real-World Experience: Our integrated doctoral capstone and practicum allow you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges–giving you the professional experience you need to lead at the top of your field.
  • Distinguished Faculty: Provide comprehensive feedback on your work, encourage different ways of thinking, and deliver insight into how well you’re demonstrating competencies.
  • Online Learning: 24-hour access to courses through Capella’s virtual courseroom.

The Building Blocks of your DrPH

Your first course incorporates our Learner Success Lab into core assignments to help you learn the tools to manage your time and use your resources effectively—keeping you as efficient as possible throughout your entire program.

Beyond your first course you’ll have support staff, teaching assistants, a faculty mentor once you enter your capstone, and more to keep you on the path of success to graduation—including a keystone course to transition you from your program-specific courses to your integrated doctoral capstone and practicum. Working through your doctoral capstone and practicum together as part of your final project allows you to seek guidance from faculty, network with stakeholders, and solve a real-life organizational issue for your practicum site—giving you real-world experience leading change.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework and dissertation all fit together.

Degree Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the DrPH program, graduates are prepared to lead culturally competent, evidence-based professional practices to improve the outcomes of both diverse populations and public health organizations.

Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

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Career Outcomes*

Professionals with this degree may work in a variety of industries: State, local, or federal government, department of health (local or state), nonprofit organization, consulting firm, land-based or online college or university, health care organization, public health agency, national health advocacy institute, community health agency, social welfare organization, research organization, national institutes of health, or health insurance company.

View full learning and career outcomes reports for this program at

Common job titles and positions available with a DrPH degree include:

  • Public/community health specialist
  • Health scientist
  • Health research analyst
  • Health policy analyst
  • Public health program consultant
  • Chief public health advisor
  • Public health advisor
  • Epidemiologist (non-clinical)
  • Disease surveillance specialist
  • Health researcher
  • Public/community health program director/manager/coordinator
  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Infection prevention and control professional
  • Director of disease prevention and control
  • Program director
  • Public/community health program consultant

*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.