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.
Upon completion of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Design an addiction-prevention program.
- Design a professional practice to assist clients by applying lifestyle modification in a clinical or nonclinical site (community, corporation, church, etc.).
- Demonstrate successful motivational interviewing skills with at least one client.
- Design a weight-management program for a group or community.
- 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.
|Dr.P.H. public health core|
|PHCJ 600||Overview of Research Methodologies||3|
|PHCJ 615||Intermediate Biostatistics||3|
|Electives (choose from following)||3|
|Health Policy Analysis and Research|
|Qualitative Research Methods|
|Concepts and Practical Issues of Secondary Data|
|Leadership, management, and governance|
|PHCJ 607||Professional Leadership||3|
|PHCJ 616||Administrative Systems in Agency Management||3|
|PHCJ 617||Building Healthy Systems||3|
|Education and workforce development|
|PHCJ 614||Pedagogy: The Art and Science of Teaching||2|
|PHCJ 618||Transformative Communication||2|
|Policy, advocacy and programs|
|PHCJ 609||Building Healthy Individuals||3|
|PHCJ 610||Building Healthy Communities||3|
|PHCJ 608A||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|PHCJ 608B||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|PHCJ 608C||Doctoral Seminar for Public Health||1|
|Preventive care major|
|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 586||Introduction to Preventive Care||1|
|HPRO 587||Preventive Care Practice Management||2|
|HPRO 606||Motivational Interviewing||2|
|NUTR 556||Nutritional Applications in Lifestyle Intervention||3|
|Elective (choose in consultation wth advisor)||0-3|
|RELE 5__||Graduate-level ethics||3|
|RELR 5__||Graduate-level relational||3|
|RELT 5__||Graduate-level theological||3|
|Integrated learning experience|
|PHCJ 698||Doctoral Project||4|
|Practicum units are in addition to the minimum didactic units required for the degree|
|PHCJ 795||Applied Practice||2|
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