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Public Health Doctor of Public Health

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Drive Change & Leave Your Professional Mark

If you’re a professional who wants to succeed as a high-level leader, influencing positive change in public health, Capella’s online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree can position you to lead effectively, help others, and make a difference. In this program, you’ll learn to apply research to design public health programs, devise solutions to address immediate and long-term public health issues, recognize emerging trends, employ social responsibility, and lead with integrity.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 12 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 Application Fee (waived w/promo WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Promote Community Health

Evaluate program plans and influence and motivate others to solve public health problems.

Advocate for Public Health

Advocate for policies and practices that advance public health at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Reduce Health Disparities

Solve public health problems using epidemiological approaches.

Influence Awareness

Communicate with diverse populations and cultures to empower communities to improve public health.

Advance Healthy Environments

Integrate and behavioral theories to promote and sustain healthy environments for individuals and populations.

Analyze & Interpret Research

Using scientific research, develop evidence- and practice-based strategies to improve public health.

25 Years of Online Doctoral Experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Doctor of Public Health Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Interprofessional Education

Share courses with other health care professionals to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Professionally Respected

The DrPH curriculum is designed around the essential elements of an education in public health, recommended in the Blue Ribbon Public Health Employers’ Advisory Board Report.

Exclusive Learner Success Lab

Our Learner Success Lab helps you learn to use your time and resources effectively—keeping you as efficient as possible.

Integrated Capstone & Practicum

Our integrated capstone and practicum allow you to research a real-world issue while gaining hands-on experience. For your capstone, you will research a public health problem and use evidence to present a solution. Your practicum will include 100 hours of working in a public health setting. 

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$735 per credit, 76 total quarter credits, 18 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Ongoing Support

You can count on Capella’s faculty and support team to be with you throughout your doctoral program. This team of experts in the field will support you in the courseroom, during your practicum, and in the work you do to complete your capstone project. 

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

DrPH Sample Courses

A combination of coursework, doctoral capstone, and practicum, the DrPH program blends theory with hands-on experience to give you professional know-how and credibility to expand your career options.

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Capstone Mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DRPH8212 Design and Implementation of Public Health Strategies
DRPH8300 Community Health Behavior and Promotion
DRPH8130 Leadership and Emerging Trends in Public Health
DRPH8170 Applied Methods in Epidemiology
NHS8070 Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Capstone Mentors

You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor early in your program to help you move toward completion of your capstone project.

Public Health Career Insights

Leadership in Public Health: Preparing for Emerging Issues

A look at developing public health issues and leadership characteristics required to address them.

What Is Epidemiology?

A look at the work of epidemiologists and potential career opportunities in the field.

The Role of Public Health Officials in Combating Infectious Diseases

Public health officials play a vital role in researching and educating the public on infectious diseases.

Doctor of Public Health Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our DrPH degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Public/community health specialist
  • Health policy analyst
  • Public health advisor
  • Public/community health program director/manager/coordinator
  • Public/community health program consultant
  • Public health program consultant
  • Chief public health advisor
  • Public health analyst
  • Director of disease prevention and control
  • Program director
  • Health research analyst

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Government—local or state
  • Department of Health (local or state)
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Health care organization (e.g., hospital or clinic)
  • Public health agency
  • National health advocacy institute
  • Community health agency
  • Social welfare organization
  • Research organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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