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DrPH Health Education (Available Online)

The Doctor of Public Health in Health Education is designed for individuals who desire to add depth to their health education specialization and develop research, writing, professionalism, management, and leadership capabilities. The emphasis in health education offers advanced knowledge and competencies in the health education process and includes planning and evaluation of health behavior change, advocacy and communication, and critical analysis.

The program emphasizes the practice of healthful lifestyle behaviors and community health education. The online technology-mediated format is targeted toward working professionals and requires specific hardware and software specifications.

The curriculum consists of synchronous learning, online courses, blended courses, and a visit to the campus during the research process for defenses of proposals, dissertation, and graduation. Students are also welcomed to take a course or two on-campus during the summer months.

The DrPH in Health Education is designed to provide advanced knowledge, skills, and research capacity. Graduates are prepared for university-level teaching and planning, as well as the management and evaluation of health education programs domestically and globally.

Individually planned and mentored, this program requires a master’s degree in public health or a related field. Graduates are typically employed in leadership roles in government, private, or academic settings.

The program prepares you from day one for competent public health practice in any setting.

–O'Neal Malcolm, DrPH Health Education student

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the Dr.P.H. degree in Health Education, you will be able to:  

•    Synthesize assessment results to determine and prioritize health problems;
•    Apply theoretical concepts and models in developing health interventions;
•    Evaluate the effectiveness of health education interventions;
•    Provide mentorship and consultation on health education-related issues;
•    Apply evidence-based research to develop advocacy efforts for policies and programs promoting health

Possible Jobs: University Professor, County Health Director, Grant Manager