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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

  • Analyze and interpret scientific and research concepts, methods, and tools of data collection, from a broad range of disciplines and sources, to develop evidence- and practice-based strategies that positively impact the determinants of health.
  • Use communications strategies to inform, influence, motivate, and organize diverse stakeholders.
  • Evaluate program plans and apply team building, negotiation, and conflict management to create interprofessional strategies to address public health problems.
  • Apply management concepts to resolve operational, fiscal, and human resource dilemmas within public and private health organizations.
  • Design ethical and equitable policies and practices that advance public health.
  • Lead public health education and workforce development.

Doctoral Health Sciences Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Health Sciences 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.

Career Preparation
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 50%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 50%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 38%

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 Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 46%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 38%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 23%

Received a salary increase: 54%

Received a promotion: 38%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Doctoral Health Sciences Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Health Sciences 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
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 38%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 56%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 40%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge :100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

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 Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

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. 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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