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.

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) specializations

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Advocacy and Leadership

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 for All Specializations

  1. Evaluate public health theories and professional practices from a national and international perspective.
  2. Analyze and apply multidisciplinary research to the design of public health programs and surveillance systems.
  3. Devise policy implementation strategies from a systems perspective.
  4. Analyze epidemiological data and evaluate the efficacy of public health policies.
  5. Lead collaboratively with integrity and social responsibility.
  6. Create equitable public health solutions for diverse and vulnerable populations in the global community.
  7. Think critically and communicate effectively.

Doctoral degree graduates

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

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.

Doctoral degree graduates

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

Capella University doctoral graduates think their education meets academic program outcomes and helps them meet career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

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 2012 – Q1 2013.

Our doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" 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 2012 – Q1 2013.


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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 (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. 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 DOE 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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