Program Overview

Loma Linda University’s Doctorate of Public Health in Health Education is for those continuing or interested in advancing to leadership roles in departments of public health in local, state, national, or international settings, academic settings, and in the field of public health research and consultation. This program is designed for applicants with minimal or no experience in the field as well as applicants with two years or more experience (teaching, research, publications, etc,). If the applicants meet the latter requirements, they will be recommended for acceptance into the DrPH Health Education both on-campus and online.

Upon completion of the DrPH in health education, graduates will be able to conduct health education research and evaluation utilizing basic statistical concepts and conduct professional seminars and training programs. Students will acquire the skills to promote and assist in the development of grant writing proposals and applications for community based health education research. They will also learn how to creatively apply theoretical concepts and models to educational program design in the development of health education interventions. Upon completion, students are expected to demonstrate educational leadership skills, policy development, and strategic planning for organizations and agencies. The degree will equip candidates to write and submit manuscripts to professional journals for publication.

Students must have met the following pre-requisites prior to enrolling:
Anatomy and physiology
Social science (two courses, which may include psychology, sociology or cultural anthropology)
Quantitative proficiency
Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or equivalent
Master’s or doctoral degree in appropriate field
Post-master’s degree work experience, preferred.

The program may be completed in either format in three to five academic years on campus or completely online. The degree can be tailored to students’ individual situation depending on their career and personal requirements.

The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization. Graduates of this program may pursue careers as community-health educators in a variety of settings, both public and private. They will be academically prepared to conduct community assessments, design, implement, and evaluate health-education interventions, organize health-promotion efforts, and pursue research projects and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health-behavior change.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    The School of Public Health is accredited through 2017 by: Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


    Student must have a 3.2 GPA, anatomy and physiology, two social science courses, a master's or doctoral degree in appropriate field and post-master's degree work experience (preferred).


    Loma Linda University is unable to accept students into online programs who live in the following states because of restrictive state authorization regulation requirements for distance education: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia.

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    School Overview

    Loma Linda University is a four-year private health sciences school located in Loma Linda, California. John Burden and Ellen White founded the institution in 1905 as Loma Linda Sanitarium. Loma Linda is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Loma Linda University integrates health, science, and Christian faith and seeks to “further the teaching and healing ministry of Christ.”

    Loma Linda University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Between the schools of allied health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, religion, and science and technology, more than 100 certificate and degree programs are available, several in completely online formats.


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