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Public Health Policy, Online Doctorate (EdD)

The Doctor of Education, with a focus on Public Health Policy, will develop leaders who can influence change through population and public health initiatives and health policy. This program will enhance your skillset to be the change agent that positively influences public health, program development and higher education at a systems level.

The EdD in Public Health Policy is a study into leadership and program planning to address public health issues and population health issues. Combining public health and health policy together, the curriculum focuses on translating research and evidence-based practice in communities. It will provide graduates with the skill set to advocate in a policy arena at local, state, regional or national level.

No Dissertation Required - The arduous dissertation process has been streamlined into the widely accepted scholarly practice project, where the student demonstrates effective application of the program’s theories and concepts to address an education or practice issue.

With its unique scholarly Doctoral Practice Project and accelerated program length, the EdD program at Nebraska Methodist College is the preferred choice for professionals who want to become effective community and educational leaders while completing their studies in a reasonable timeframe.

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Program Perks
  • No dissertation required. Gain real-world experience through our Doctoral Practice project.
  • GRE optional
  • Complete the program in 24 months with full-time participation, or 36 months with part-time study.
  • Institutional healthcare focus provides expertise that allows graduates to work as leaders in both academic and health related settings.
  • Taught by faculty members with considerable experience in their fields.
  • Flexible online format allows you to advance your educational goals while balancing personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Students will participate in two intensive learning sessions over the course of two days on campus during the program.
  • Full- and part-time plans of study available.
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Accreditation & Licensure

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Information


In order to be eligible for admission into our EdD program, you must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Master's degree required, preferably in a healthcare-related field, from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Master's degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Admissions essay rubric score.
  • Interview rubric score.
  • Meet State Authorization requirements, if not a Nebraska resident.


To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

  • NMC online application form
  • Official college transcripts from graduating institutions and/or official transcripts containing completed doctoral or in-progress coursework
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Admissions essay
  • Select qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a phone interview with two NMC faculty members using a standardized interview process and scoring method


Application to the Doctor of Education program at Nebraska Methodist College is a competitive process. In order to be considered, applicants must have all application materials submitted by the posted application deadline.

Starting Term - Fall 2024

Priority Deadline - 2/1/2024

Standard Deadline - 4/1/2024

Starting Term - Spring 2024

Standard Deadline - 12/1/2023

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

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Student Grants or Loans

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Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Aimed at increasing the number of qualified nurse faculty, NFLP loans cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for part-time or full-time enrollment.

Following completion of the advanced education program, up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the borrower works as a full-time nurse faculty for a prescribed period of time.

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All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list below should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

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Program Specific

EDD 700
This course provides the doctoral program orientation for Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis will be placed on program delivery modalities, resource utilization, and scholarly writing. Students must complete this course on campus.

Prerequisites: Admission to EdD Program.


EDD 694
This course provides the foundation in educational principles for the student. Learning theories and best practices provide the basis for analyzing the concept of learning in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Teaching strategies to facilitate student learning in the classroom, clinical, practice, and online environment will be examined. Legal, ethical, and professional faculty responsibilities in higher education are explored.

EDD 698
This course focuses on curriculum planning, design, implementation, and evaluation. The concept of curriculum will be explored at the individual course level and at the program level. Best practices in education will be incorporated into curriculum design. The influence of regulatory and accrediting bodies on the curriculum will be examined

Public Health Policy

IDS 754
This course provides the foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The healthcare policy making process will be investigated

IDS 780
This course lays the framework for the advanced public health role with an emphasis on public health policy. This course explores conceptual models and frameworks to examine complex public health issues, systems, policies, and practice. Students evaluate community issues and integrate clinical health practices emphasizing a health promotion and prevention approach while addressing health disparities of vulnerable and diverse populations.

IDS 784
This course provides a foundation for a systematic process to clarify, prioritize, and justify ethical principles and values that guide public health action. Students will compare and contrast public health ethics to bioethics and medical ethics that guide biology and clinical medicine which are individual or patient centered. Throughout this course students will distinguish public health ethics as a population-based approach to public health as a field of study.

IDS 788
This course uses the Culture of Health framework to examine the role of civic health in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Students will examine civic health indicators (i.e. volunteering and giving, group membership, trust in institutions, social interactions, neighbor connectedness, voting and registration, and political involvement) in relation to population-based care, health policy, ethics, and finance. Examination of social change leadership, analysis of civic-related research, and exploration of civic identity will further student civic and public purpose as a health care professional and educated citizen.

Healthcare Leadership

EDD 832
This course provides the theoretical foundation for role development and skills required to identify health needs at a population level and strategies to improve population outcomes. The course focus is on translational research and the application of evidence-based concepts essential to the advancement of population based health. Analysis of the impact of social, cultural, and ecological systems across various populations will be emphasized throughout the course. A portion of this course requires on-campus completion.

Corequisite: EDD 880

IDS 750
This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, healthcare finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis, and healthcare innovation. The financial environment of healthcare and how it impacts healthcare providers and leaders is examined. The relationship between healthcare economic, health policy, program development, and clinical practice is explored.


EDD 880
Doctoral Scholarly Project I
This is the first of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the doctoral student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal.  The project will focus on a practice problem within a specific population and contribute to the advancement of practice.  Students examine the elements of a proposal and identify a practice problem of interest. Students will conduct a scholarly literature review related to a practice problem and critically appraise the evidence.  Students will apply a framework as a foundation for a doctoral scholarly project.

Prerequisites: SSC 730, SSC 734, IDS 742. Corequisite: EDD 880

EDD 882
Doctoral Scholarly Project II

This is the second of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project proposal.  In collaboration with a faculty mentor, the student will examine the essentials of scientific writing through completion of a Doctoral Scholarly Project proposal and program implementation planning.

Prerequisite: EDD 880

EDD 886
Doctoral Scholarly Project III
This is the third of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the Doctoral student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, the student will refine and implement the doctoral scholarly project.

Prerequisite: EDD 882

EDD 890
Doctoral Scholarly Project IV

This is the last of a four-course series that provides an opportunity for the doctoral student to participate in the completion of a scholarly project. This course will focus on translation and dissemination of scholarly project findings.

Prerequisite: EDD 886

IDS 742
This course provides an in-depth study of the design and conduct of health care research with emphasis on identifying researchable clinical, educational, and health care delivery problems.   Analysis and interpretation of data from qualitative and quantitative research designs will be emphasized.  Students will begin to investigate and develop their doctoral scholarly project question and complete a systematic literature review to support the project.

Prerequisites: Graduate statistics course

SSC 730
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and apply bio-statistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality nursing practice. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (SPSS) to assist in making effective decisions.

SSC 734
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand the clinical and public health aspects of basic epidemiology. It provides a comprehensive study of epidemiology in relation to healthcare practice, public health and health policies. The major concepts of study will include health and health risks, disease causality and strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of health problems with specific populations.

Prerequisite OR Corequisite: SSC 730, or evidence of graduate-level statistics course

Meet the Faculty

Our doctoral-level faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do about the subject matter, and it shows.

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Additional information

Potential Career Paths

  • Higher education
  • Public health education or program specialists
  • Operations management or executive directors of public health non-profits
  • Health system leaders in population health initiatives
  • Health policy advisor
  • Public Health Consultants

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop a competent practitioner with leadership skills as an effective communicator, collaborator, educator, and change agent.
  2. Develop a competent practitioner who is prepared to assess, implement, and evaluate systematic change and sustainability in health care and academic settings.
  3. Develop a competent practitioner who can navigate emerging information technology in health care and academic settings.
  4. Develop a competent practitioner who serves as an active and effective interdisciplinary team member in health care and academic settings.

Doctor of Education Written Statement

Please develop a thoughtful and organized response to the questions below. The admissions committee is looking for responses that are not only well supported but that also use appropriate style and grammar.

Each question response should be approximately 250-400 words using APA format and citations where applicable. Also know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant’s personal statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College’s commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies. Be sure to include your name and program on the document itself.

  1. Describe your role aspirations and what you expect to derive from your doctoral studies at Nebraska Methodist College.
  2. What impact should graduates of the EdD program have on the delivery and scope of healthcare in your community and in the United States?

Please submit your completed Admissions Essay to