Preventive Care — Dr.P.H.

Program director
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.

Learner outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Design an addiction-prevention program.
  2. Design a professional practice to assist clients by applying lifestyle modification in a clinical or nonclinical site (community, corporation, church, etc.).
  3. Demonstrate successful motivational interviewing skills with at least one client.
  4. Design a weight-management program for a group or community.
  5. Design a preventive program for a specific disease or lifestyle (for instance, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, exercise, healthy diet, etc.).

Educational effectiveness indicators

  • Comprehensive examination
  • Applied project presentation
  • Publishable paper
  • Doctoral project presentation


In addition to the entrance requirements for all Dr.P.H. degrees, applicants to the Dr.P.H. degree Preventive Care Program must have:

Anatomy and physiology
HPRO 500 Stress Management
HPRO 515 Mind-Body Interactions and Health Outcomes
HPRO 526 Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction
HPRO 565 Tobacco Use: Prevention and Interventions
HPRO 590 Worksite Wellness
(or equivalents to be evaluated by program director)


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 573 Exercise Physiology I
NUTR 529 Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating

Dr.P.H. public health core
Critical analysis
PHCJ 600Overview of Research Methodologies3
PHCJ 615Intermediate Biostatistics3
Electives (choose from following)3
Health Policy Analysis and Research
Qualitative Research Methods
Concepts and Practical Issues of Secondary Data
Data Analysis
Leadership, management, and governance
PHCJ 607Professional Leadership3
PHCJ 616Administrative Systems in Agency Management3
PHCJ 617Building Healthy Systems3
Education and workforce development
PHCJ 614Pedagogy: The Art and Science of Teaching2
PHCJ 618Transformative Communication2
Policy, advocacy and programs
PHCJ 609Building Healthy Individuals3
PHCJ 610Building Healthy Communities3
Doctoral seminar
PHCJ 608ADoctoral Seminar for Public Health1
PHCJ 608BDoctoral Seminar for Public Health1
PHCJ 608CDoctoral Seminar for Public Health1
Preventive care major
HPRO 527Obesity and Disordered Eating3
HPRO 529Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions in Chronic Disease4
HPRO 553Addiction Theory and Program Development3
HPRO 586Introduction to Preventive Care1
HPRO 587Preventive Care Practice Management2
HPRO 606Motivational Interviewing2
NUTR 556Nutritional Applications in Lifestyle Intervention3
Elective (choose in consultation wth advisor)0-3
RELE 5__Graduate-level ethics3
RELR 5__Graduate-level relational3
RELT 5__Graduate-level theological3
Integrated learning experience
PHCJ 698Doctoral Project4
Total Units62-65
Practicum units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree
PHCJ 795Applied Practice2

Applied practice experience and integrated learning experience

All Dr.P.H. students will engage in an applied practice experience that results in a product that is relevant to public health organizations. The culminating activity is an integrated learning experience that includes a field-based project emphasizing advanced practice. Both applied practice experience and integrated learning experience will demonstrate integration of foundational and concentration specific competencies.

Normal time to complete the program

3 years based on full-time enrollment