Catalog 2010-2012

Doctor of Education: Community Health Education

This program is intended to provide practicing educators the opportunity to continue their study and earn the terminal professional degree in their field. The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit beyond the master's degree.

There are three components to the program: 15 semester hours in a Professional Common Core of work in educational foundations, fundamentals, and research; 38 semester hours of Advanced Professional Study in one of six areas of intensive study and a related area; and a Dissertation of 7 semester hours.

By design, then, all students are required to study in basic areas that undergird and define educational practice and develop skills of problem definition, data collection and analysis, and interpretation. The six areas of intensive study provide for a specialized focus on practice. The six intensive study areas are: Community Health Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Rehabilitation Studies, and Special Education. (In some areas, it is possible to combine doctoral degree study with work toward an endorsement to perform a particular role in K-12 education.)

The Community Health Education intensive study area is designed to equip community health promotion and public health education professionals for positions of leadership in applied community and public health education settings. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in applied academic settings including (but not limited to) allied health and nursing colleges, universities with a focus on teaching, and liberal arts colleges, as well as leadership positions in major community and public health organizations such as county, state, and national departments of public health, and government and non-government health organizations. (For more information, contact the Chair, Health Promotion and Education Division, School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services.)

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Division of Health Promotion and Education for any other admission requirements.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at For requirements concerning admission, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations, dissertation, and graduation for the Doctor of Education degree see page xxx.


Program Requirements

I. Professional Common Core (15 hours)

  Education Foundations.....3 hours

    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:301.


    Interdepartmental, Education: 190:303; 190:305; 190:307.....9 hours

    Measurement and Research: One of the following - 250:270, 250:300, 250:301, 250:310.....3 hours

II. Advanced Professional Studies (38 hours)

  Requirements for the Community Health Education intensive study area:

    Community Health Education Core (21 hours) 410:220 (3 hrs.); 410:290 (3 hrs.); 410:293 (3 hrs.); 410:319 (3 hrs.); 410:320 (3 hrs.).....15 hours

    Seminar: 410:389 (6 semesters).....6 hours

  Track (select one) (17 hours)

  A. Postsecondary Health Education

    Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs: 170:222 or 170:231; 170:260.....6 hours

    Internship (teaching): 410:295.....2 hours

    Practicum (teaching): 410:397.....3 hours

    Electives.....6 hours

  B. Community and Public Health Education

    Political Science: 942:153 or 942:173.....3 hours

    Leisure, Youth and Human Services: 430:253.....3 hours

    Internship (public health): 410:295.....2 hours

    Practicum (public health): 410:297.....3 hours

    Electives.....6 hours

III. Dissertation (7 hours)

This is the program component in which the student demonstrates proficiency in the integration of theory and practice (i.e., it involves the application of existing knowledge and/or results of individual research to an educational problem or situation).


Doctoral Seminar: 190:389.....1 hour 

Dissertation Research: 190:399......6 hours

60 hours