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Public Health Doctor of Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 76

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

60 quarter credits

NHS8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners 4 quarter credits
DRPH8212 Design and Implementation of Public Health Strategies 6 quarter credits
DRPH8300 Community Health Behavior and Promotion 6 quarter credits
DRPH8130 Leadership and Emerging Trends in Public Health 6 quarter credits
DRPH8140 Educating the Public Health Workforce 6 quarter credits
DRPH8170 Applied Methods in Epidemiology 6 quarter credits
DRPH8210 Public Health Policy Design 6 quarter credits
NHS8040* 21st-Century Health Care Leadership 4 quarter credits
NHS8050* Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8060* Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8070* Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care 4 quarter credits
NHS8700* Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate Project 4 quarter credits

Capstone Courses

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

16 quarter credits

DRPH9971*† Doctoral Capstone 4 quarter credits each

Practicum Requirements

Minimum of 100 supervised practicum hours.


*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

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

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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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