Preventive Care — Dr.P.H.
Hildemar Dos Santos
The Preventive Care Program is designed to prepare high-level health professionals in wellness and lifestyle management intervention. Emphasis is 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 physical and mental health risk appraisal, nutritional assessment and recommendations, exercise testing and prescription, and smoking cessation counseling.
The program seeks to demonstrate and elucidate the intimate connection between mind and body. Graduates address the combined influences of nutrition, exercise, stress, smoking and other lifestyle factors on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease.
This program is exclusive for health practitioners with a license to practice in the U.S. Physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, registered dietitians, occupational therapists, etc., can apply for this program. Non-physicians are not able to practice medicine upon completion of this degree.
Upon completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Design and implement wellness and lifestyle intervention protocols, seminars, and training programs.
- Conduct lifestyle assessment and counseling for patients with lifestyle-related diseases and lifestyle consultancy to health professionals.
- Conduct chemical dependency interventions.
- Contribute to the theory and practice of preventive care through research and graduate-level teaching.
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills in public health and clinical settings.
Educational effectiveness indicators
- Comprehensive examination
- Qualifying examination (proposal defense)
- Dissertation defense
- Publishable papers
- Portfolio review
In addition to the entrance requirements for all Dr.P.H. degrees, applicants to the Dr.P.H. degree Preventive Care Program must have:
- Clinical health professional degree, including but not limited to medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, nursing, clinical psychology, pharmacy, or physical therapy; or training as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, chiropractor, licensed exercise physiologist, or registered dietitian. Must have completed at least two years in a clinical program.
- Anatomy and Physiology
In addition to standard DrPH corequisites, the DrPH program in Preventive Care requires the following courses that can be taken early on in the program in addition to units required for the degree.
|HPRO 501||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||6|
|HPRO 526||Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction||3|
|HPRO 565||Tobacco Use: Prevention and Interventions||3|
|HPRO 606||Motivational Interviewing||2|
|HPRO 573||Exercise Physiology I||3|
|NUTR 504||Nutritional Metabolism||5|
|HPRO 500||Stress Management||2|
|HPRO 515||Mind-Body Interactions and Health Outcomes||4|
|HPRO 527||Obesity and Disordered Eating||3|
|HPRO 529||Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions in Chronic Disease||4|
|HPRO 553||Addiction Theory and Program Development||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|
|NUTR 517||Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||4|
|NUTR 518||Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals||4|
|NUTR 527||Assessment of Nutritional Status||3|
|NUTR 578||Exercise Nutrition||2|
|Cognates or electives|
|One course required from each of the following three areas. May include one additional elective.|
|RELE 5__||Graduate-level Ethics||3|
|RELR 5__||Graduate-level Relational||3|
|RELT 5__||Graduate-level Theological||3|
|Research and evaluation|
|HPRO 534A||Research Methods||2|
|HPRO 534B||Research Methods||2|
|HPRO 697||Dissertation Proposal||4|
|PHCJ 604||Research Seminar||2|
|STAT 514||Intermediate Statistics for Health-Science Data||3|
|STAT 549||Analytical Applications of SPSS||2|
|STAT 568||Data Analysis||3|
|Research and dissertation|
|HPRO 698||Dissertation 2||12|
|Internship units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree|
|HPRO 704D||Internship (400 hours) 3||8|
|or HPRO 704A||Internship|
|or HPRO 704B||Internship|
|or HPRO 704C||Internship|
Cognate or elective courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, 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.
Multiple registrations required to fulfill total units
Internship units must be completed in 4 mandatory areas: Drayson Center Preventive Care Clinic (2 units/100 hours), Stop Smoking Program at the Loma Linda Veterans Hospital (2 units/100 hours), Obesity Management (2 units/100 hours), and Other Lifestyle Medicine Site (2 units/100 hours).
For internship hours, students must register for any of the following courses: HPRO 704A (100h), HPRO 704B (200h), HPRO 704C (300h), or HPRO 704D (400h).
As a part of the culminating experience, the student completes two publishable papers for submission to peer reviewed journals, successfully defends dissertation, and submits a committee approved dissertation manuscript. Further details provided in the Doctoral Handbook.
Normal time to complete the program
7 years based on less than full-time enrollment