Online Doctoral Degrees in Health Education

An online doctoral degree in health education may provide individuals with advanced professional skills in health education and development. In this three to five year program, students may receive the knowledge and expertise needed to assess and evaluate the health needs of thousands of citizens. Coursework may include dissertation research courses along with major-specific courses including advanced theory in behavioral science, health program evaluation, and health communication research.

Upon completion of the doctoral degree program, students may have the opportunity to seek entry to upper-level employment. Doctoral-level graduates may pursue employment in community wellness, healthcare facilities, state health programs, case management, and at universities.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 37% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level health education degree programs may include dissertation research courses and core health education classes. These classes may teach students how to design community health outreach programs, perform epidemiology research, and write grants for health education funding. Core health education classes may include the following:

  • Mental Illness as a Public Health Issue
  • Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Principles and Practices of Community Organization
  • Health Communication Research
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Planning and Administration of Health Programs

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may seek employment in community wellness programs, healthcare facilities, universities, federal healthcare education programs, and in case management. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in health education are expected to increase by 37% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • University Professor
  • Obesity Specialist
  • Health Program Administrator
  • Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Public Health Educator

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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