May 28, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 25 
ACE Catalog - Volume 25 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Health Education, Ed.D.

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Program Description

The Doctorate in Public Health Education (Ed.D.) is designed to prepare healthcare professionals and educators with the competencies necessary to address the public health issues of local, national, and international communities from a health education perspective. The dynamic connection between research, theory, and practice prepares graduates to be leaders and experts in public health education through research intensive coursework and dissertation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Create, implement, and evaluate innovative programs to address public health across diverse communities.
  2. Contribute to innovative solutions for complex public health concerns with actions based on theory, standards, and frameworks.
  3. Interpret evidence-based research to develop and advocate for policies and programs promoting positive social change in the health of individuals and communities.
  4. Collaborate with stakeholders within diverse communities to advocate, educate, and improve the health of individuals and communities.
  5. Demonstrate best practices in leadership and serve as an expert resource in public health education.
  6. Demonstrate evidence-based decision-making, integrating principles of cultural competence, leadership, equity, ethics, and social justice to address public health concerns and education in local, national, and global communities.
  7. Contribute to public health education knowledge bases through the dissemination of applied research.
  8. Utilize professional and ethical standards when engaging in research and evaluation of public health programs.
  9. Demonstrate competence in the application of multiple research methods.

Focus of Study Options

Adult and Continuing Education  

The Adult and Continuing Education focus of study is designed to help professionals gain the necessary knowledge in the area of adult learning and continuing education. It provides a framework focused on the major theories of adult education, instructional strategies for the adult learner, critical analysis of instructional programs, and assessment of the adult learner. 

Curriculum and Instruction  

The Curriculum and Instruction focus of study prepares students for today’s educational environments.  Today’s learning environments require understanding critical aspects of how learning happens for a diverse population spanning multiple ages.  This focus of study examines how standards shape assessment while building needed skills in content areas each strengthen by the ability to read well.    

Educational and Community Organizations 

The Educational and Community Organizations focus of study prepares individuals to lead in diverse settings, to handle transition and change, and effectively communicate to stakeholders. These skills are essential for sustainable growth, enhanced functionality and use of emerging technologies.  As an effective executive, approaches to motivate and ways to influence others are considered on a corporate and individual level.  Knowledgeable leadership creates high-performing individuals who support the mission and goals of an organization. 


The Leadership focus of study supports candidates who seek to serve in leadership positions or grow in their leadership practice. Students expand their knowledge in key areas such as ethics, resource management, coaching, strategic planning and organizational culture to become more confident in their advanced leadership practice throughout diverse organizational settings.

Online Education  

The Online Education focus of study supports candidates who seek to serve as technology leaders and emphasizes new ways of thinking about technology and the integration of applications. Learning how to design environments which enhance and support organizational goals are considered to maximize learning for both individual and corporate purposes.  

Course List (64 Total Semester Credits)

Choose a Six-Course Focus of Study (18 Semester Credits)

General Track

Any six courses selected from above, ACE graduate level courses, or doctoral courses transferred in.


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state. 
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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