Doctor of Public Health

Prepare to enhance and protect the health of diverse populations.

Learn to evaluate the theories, research, and ethical parameters guiding public health practice; analyze various factors that cause population-based health disparities; and assess the efficacy of national and global public health programs and practices. Gain knowledge and skills in systems thinking, epidemiological research, collaborative leadership, and community advocacy.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella is one of the few universities offering a DrPH program online.
  • Capella is the only online university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs in public administration, public safety, and health care.
  • Capella's DrPH program is designed around leading national public health standards.
  • Capella University's public service leadership platform is comprehensive, with broad degree offerings, expert faculty, experienced peers, and advanced learning technology.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Solve public health problems using biostatistical methods and concepts.
  2. Solve public health problems using epidemiological approaches.
  3. Inform, influence, and organize stakeholders using communications strategies.
  4. Positively impact the determinants of community health by critically analyzing evidence and theory from a broad range of disciplines and sources.
  5. Assess and analyze environmental agents that impact population health in order to protect the health of communities.
  6. Influence and implement the ethical concepts of social justice and human rights in public health.
  7. Apply management concepts to resolve operational, fiscal, and human resource dilemmas within public and private health organizations.
  8. Evaluate program plans and apply team building, negotiation, and conflict management to influence and motivate others to solve public health problems.
  9. Advocate for policies and practices that advance public health at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  10. Utilize systems thinking concepts to achieve public health goals at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  11. Collaborate across the health professions to optimize health outcomes, including emergency preparedness.
  12. Integrate social and behavioral theories and concepts into research and practice in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and lives for individuals and populations.
  13. Communicate and interact with people across life spans, diverse groups and cultures to empower communities and enhance public health.
  14. Use science and scientific concepts to influence public health.
  15. Ensure the foundations of public health are applied in the delivery of services and activities.
  16. Strategize methods to impact the social, behavioral, governmental, and environmental determinants of global health.
  17. Analyze and interpret scientific and research concepts, methods, and tools of data collection, to develop evidence- and practice-based strategies in public health.

Doctoral Health Care Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Health Care doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral 
                        
                        Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Doctoral Health Care Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Health Care doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction with Capella Doctoral 
                    
                    Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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See Gainful Employment data for this program's specializations

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