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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.
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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.
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.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.
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 options.
You’ll get 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 goal.
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 culturally responsive. 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 concern.
|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 statements.
|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 DrPH degree.
*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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