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Doctor of Public Health

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Practicum Requirement(s):

Minimum of 100 supervised practicum hours. See the Practicum section, below, for more information.



Sixteen Required Courses



76 quarter credits

Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

This course prepares learners for doctoral-level coursework in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze and evaluate how the scholar-practitioner model provides guidance for developing competencies in effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional and interprofessional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 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
Educating the Public Health Workforce

Learners in this course apply educational best practices to promote learning in organizational and community settings. Learners also assess their own strengths and weaknesses in leadership capacities, including cultural proficiency, with the goal of mentoring and coaching public health employees to become more effective public health practitioners and educators. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

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
Public Health Policy Design

In this course, learners integrate scientific information, legal and regulatory approaches, ethical frameworks, and varied stakeholder interests to develop policies that support systemlevel interventions. Learners also propose interprofessional team approaches and integrate knowledge of cultural values and practices in the design of public health policies and programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
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
NHS8040 *
21st-Century Health Care Improvement

Learners in this course build foundational knowledge and skills needed to shape the future of health care. Through the lens of a 21st-century health care leader, learners use critical thinking, analysis, and creative insights to examine a problem, gap, or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health delivery system. Learners also complete a culminating project charter to further develop a coherent quality improvement plan for 21st-century health care. Prerequisite(s): NHS8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences

In this course, learners prepare for the practice change project that serves as the culmination of the professional doctorate. Learners compare a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a professional doctorate; identify a clinical or organizational problem or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health setting; and apply literature search techniques to identify research related to the practice/process problem. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8065 *
Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

In this course, learners apply the steps of the evidence-based practice process to a challenge in health care. Learners differentiate among qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research design, methods, and evidence, and evaluate the quality of qualitative research methods and results. Learners also interpret the results and practical significance of health care data analyses and assess their strengths and weaknesses in writing as a doctoral professional. Prerequisite(s): NHS8050. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8070 *
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
NHS8700 *
Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate Project

In this course, learners focus on synthesizing the knowledge and skills gained during their program. Learners state the case for their planned practice change project to demonstrate their readiness to enter the professional doctorate project process. In addition, learners identify strategies to secure a supervisor/preceptor and project site. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): NHS8070. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Learners must register for DRPH9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

Doctoral Capstone †

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organization, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/ NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits each






76 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.



Learners enrolled in the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program must complete 100 supervised hours of hands-on practicum at an approved site as a requirement of their program. In the DrPH practicum, learners apply the skills developed throughout the course of the program in a public health setting where the practicum is completed. The practicum provides learners with the opportunity to participate in advanced practice with guidance from a preceptor and mentor and engage in in-depth work within a practice environment that is the focus of their capstone paper. Learners use the practicum experience to help them achieve their program outcomes, competencies, and learning objectives.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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