DrPH Preventive Care
Notice: At this time, applications are not being accepted for this program
The Department of Health Promotion and Education offers the doctor of public health (DrPH) degree with a major in preventive care. Emphasis is placed on academic preparation, practical skills, and administrative abilities in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and protocols designed to address a wide spectrum of health issues--particularly those dealing with chronic disease. These programs and protocols include health-risk appraisal, nutritional assessment and recommendations, exercise testing and prescription, and smoking and other substance-abuse counseling.
The program seeks to demonstrate and elucidate the intimate connection between mind and body. Graduates address the combined influences of nutrition, exercise, stress, substance abuse, and other lifestyle factors on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease. This program is offered by the Department of Health Promotion and Education.
Who should enroll
The Preventive Care Program is designed to prepare specialists in wellness and lifestyle intesrvention. The preventive care specialist addresses the combined influences of nutrition, exercise, stress, addictive behavior, and other lifestyle factors for an integrated strategic approach toward the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.
Upon completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Design and implement wellness and lifestyle intervention protocols.
- Provide chemical-dependency interventions.
- Support comprehensive health management of individuals.
- Contribute to the theory and practice of preventive care through research.
- Develop and conduct community and professional seminars and training programs.
- Demonstrate leadership skills.
Educational Effectiveness Indicators
- Comprehensive examination
- Qualifying examination
- Internship practice hours
- Advancement to candidacy
- Dissertation defense
- Publishable research paper
- Portfolio review
- Exit interview
Requirements for Admission
- Graduate degree or equivalent in an appropriate field
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or MCAT within the past five years
- General chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Anatomy and/or physiology
- General psychology
- GPA 3.2>
Length of Program
4 and 1/2 years, approximately
COREQUISITE (Public Health/Biomedical Sciences)
(May be taken during the first two quarters of program, in addition to units required for degree; advanced standing for previous MPH degrees will be considered.)
- ENVH 509 Principles of Environmental Health (3)
- EPDM 509 Principles of Epidemiology I (3)
- GLBH 524 Cultural Competencies and Health Disparities (2)
- HADM 509 Principles of Health Policy and Management (3)
- HPRO 501 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
- HPRO 502 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
- HPRO 503 Human Anatomy & Physiology III (4)
- HPRO 509 Principles of Health Behavior (3)
- HPRO 519 Pharmacology (3)
- HPRO 531 Pathology of Human Systems I (3)
- HPRO 532 Pathology of Human Systems II (3)
- HPRO 536 Program Planning and Evaluation (2)
- NUTR 509 Public Health Nutrition and Biology (3)
- PHCJ 605 Overview of Public Health (1)
- STAT 509 General Statistics (4) OR
- STAT 521 Biostatistics (4)
General preventive care (56 units)
- EPDM 566 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3)
- EPDM 565 Epidemiology of Cancer (3)
- HPRO 515 Mind-Body Interaction and Health Outcomes (3)
- HPRO 526 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction (3)
- HPRO 527 Obesity and Disordered Eating (3)
- HPRO 529 Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions (4)
- HPRO 553 Addiction Theory and Program Development (3)
- HPRO 565 Tobacco Use: Prevention and Intervention (3)
- HPRO 573 Exercise Physiology I (3)
- HPRO 575 Immune Systems: Public Health Application 3)
- HPRO 578 Exercise Physiology II (3)
- HPRO 586 Introduction to Preventive Care (1)
- HPRO 587 Preventive Care-Practice Management (2)
- HPRO 588 Health Behavior Theory and Research (4)
- HPRO 606B Preventive Care Seminar. Motivational Interviewing (2)
- NUTR 504 Nutritional Metabolism (5)
- NUTR 517 Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids (4)
- NUTR 518 Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals (4)
- NUTR 556 Nutritional Applications in Lifestyle Intervention (1)
- NUTR 578 Exercise Nutrition (2)
Research and evaluation (20 units)
- HPRO 694 Research (6)
- PHCJ 534 Research Methods (or equivalent) (2,2)
- PHCJ 604 Research Seminar (2)
- STAT 514 Intermediate Statistics (3)
- STAT 548 Analytical Applications of SAS (2)
- STAT 549 Analytical Applications of SPSS (2)
- STAT 568 Data Analysis (3)
Preventive care, Cognates or Electives (12 units)
Cognate or elective courses are to be chosen with the student’s adviser, taking into consideration the student’s previous experience and present interests. These units may be selected from courses offered by the School of Public Health or by other schools within the University; and must reflect a specific preventive care emphasis, clinical practice focus, or additional statistical or data analysis that will be required by the student’s dissertation research.
Strongly recommended elective includes:
HPRO 606A - Seminar in Preventive Care - Stress Management (2)
Religion (9 units)
- RELE_5__ Selective (3)
- RELR 5___ Selective (3)
- RELT 5___ Selective (3)
Research/Dissertation (12 units)
The dissertation research required by this program must be designed to address a practical problem or demonstrate the efficacy of an existing intervention in the area of wellness promotion or lifestyle modification. As a part of the dissertation, the student will be expected to produce at least one publishable paper describing the results of the research.
While enrolled in HPRO 694 Research, the student will, in consultation with faculty advisers, prepare a literature review and develop the methodology of the dissertation project. Students may not register for any of the 12 units of HPRO 698 Dissertation until they have successfully defended their proposal and been advanced to candidacy.
- HPRO 698 Dissertation (12)
Internship (1400 clock hours)
Upon completion of the internship experience, the student will present to the faculty of the department a portfolio documenting the achievements and skills in preventive care acquired during both the didactic and the internship phases of the degree program.
- HPRO 704 Internship (1400 clock hours)
TOTAL UNITS 109
Contact Information - Department of Health Promotion & Education
Phone: (909) 558-4741