May 26, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 40 
ACE Catalog - Volume 40 [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.
  10. Analyze and promote best practices in leadership.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ed.D. in Public Health Education program is to provide a research intensive, evidence based public health education curriculum to give students the necessary analytical, problem solving, theoretical, and leadership tools to bring about positive health change in diverse and evolving communities.  

Focus of Study Options

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.    

Instructional Technology  

The Instructional Technology 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.  


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.


Course List (64 Total Semester Credits)

Leadership Courses (3 Semester Credits)

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


  • 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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