Doctor of Public Health Health Sciences

Doctor of Public Health

Drive change & leave your professional mark

If you’re a professional who wants to succeed as a high-level leader, influencing positive change in public health, Capella’s online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree can position you to lead effectively, help others, and make a difference. In this program, you’ll learn to apply research to design public health programs, devise solutions to address immediate and long-term public health issues, recognize emerging trends, employ social responsibility, and lead with integrity.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 12 Core courses
  • 2 Capstone courses
  • 16 Maximum transfer credits
  • 76 Quarter credits

Classes Start November 9th

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL20).

What you’ll learn

Promote community health

Evaluate program plans and influence and motivate others to solve public health problems.

Advocate for public health

Advocate for policies and practices that advance public health at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Reduce health disparities

Solve public health problems using epidemiological approaches.

Influence awareness

Communicate with diverse populations and cultures to empower communities to improve public health.

Advance healthy environments

Integrate and behavioral theories to promote and sustain healthy environments for individuals and populations.

Analyze & interpret research

Using scientific research, develop evidence- and practice-based strategies to improve public health.

25 years of online doctoral experience

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.

Doctor of Public Health program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Exclusive learner success lab

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. 

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet 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
$755 per credit, 76 total quarter credits, 18 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Ongoing support

You can count on Capella’s faculty and support team to be with you throughout your doctoral program. This team of experts in the field will support you in the courseroom, during your practicum, and in the work you do to complete your capstone project. 

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

DrPH sample courses

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.

Support to reach the finish line

You’ll get dedicated support early in your program, so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Capstone mentors

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

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.

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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

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 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 advising

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.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

Public Health career insights

Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

A look at developing public health issues and leadership characteristics required to address them.

What Is Epidemiology?

A look at the work of epidemiologists and potential career opportunities in the field.

The Role of Public Health Officials in Combating Infectious Diseases

Public health officials play a vital role in researching and educating the public on infectious diseases.

Doctor of Public Health professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our DrPH degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Data analyst
  • Health director
  • Epidemiologist (non-clinical)
  • Health policy analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Adjunct or part-time public health faculty
  • Full-time public health faculty
  • Health manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Department of health (local or state)
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Health care organization (e.g. hospital or clinic)
  • Public health agency
  • National health advocacy institute
  • Community health agency
  • Social welfare organization
  • Research organization
  • National institutes of health
  • Health insurance company

*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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