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Public Health Doctor of Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

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

  • 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.

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.

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start August 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future. 

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$735 per credit, 76 total quarter credits, 18 max transfer credits

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable–there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

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Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now. 

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Capstone Mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way. 

Ready for the Next Step?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.