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Doctor of Christian Public Health Psychology

Required: Bachelor’s Degree: Major in Biblical Counseling

Required: Master’s Degree: Biblical Health Psychology


If you’re a professional who wants to succeed as a high-level leader, influencing positive change in public health, DCU’s online degrees beginning with a Bachelor’s Degree (which includes 33 hours of study in Biblical Counseling and a total of 110 to 120 total hours), followed by the Master’s Degree “Biblical Health Psychology” and the “Doctor of Christian Public Health Psychology, (Dr PH). These degrees can position you to lead effectively, help others, and make a difference.

In this program, you’ll learn to apply research to design public health programs, devise solutions to address immediate and long-term public health issues, recognize emerging trends, employ social responsibility, and lead with integrity.

What You’ll Learn

Promote Community Health from a Christian approach

Evaluate program plans and influence and

motivate others to solve public health problems from a christian approach.

Advocate for Public Health from a Biblical/Christian Approach.


Required: Bachelor’s Degree: Major in Biblical Counseling

Required: Master’s Degree: Biblical Health Psychology

Doctor of Medical Health Biblical Psychology


Medical health psychology is a branch of clinical psychology that examines the relationship between the mind and body, as well as the influence of disease and social factors on mental health. Continue reading to learn more about the degree and licensing requirements for medical health psychologists.


Is Medical Health Psychology for Me? Career Overview


According to the Academy of Medical Psychology, medical or medical health psychology is a specialized area of service devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of a number of behavioral challenges and mental disorders. These can include anxiety, eating or mood disorders, addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or obesity. Areas of clinical practice and research may also examine the effects of caffeine and nicotine, organ transplants or trauma on patients or focus on genetics or neuropsychology. As a Christian clinical psychologist, you may engage in cognitive behavioral, individual or family therapy, or help patients acquire skills in pain management 


Major Studies for the Bachelor’s Degree: Major in Biblical Counseling

 33 Hours of Biblical Counseling +

IBC101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3

SLD 125 Spiritual Life Dynamics 3

MBC201 Methods of Biblical Counseling 3

CTL321 Counseling Through the Life Span 3

TBC350 Theological Basis of Biblical Counseling 3

ACI1415 Advanced Counseling Issues I 3

ACI2416 Advanced Counseling Issues II 3

CSD1481 Counseling Skills Development I 3

CSD2482 Counseling Skills Development II 3

PSI101 Introduction to Psychology 3

PMF221 Marriage and the Family 3

Plus 9 hours theology, 9 hours church administration, 30 hours Bible courses and 21 to 41 hours of electives

Total of 110 to 120 hours total for the Bachelor in Biblical/Christian Counseling


Some of your courses that will be required during your study for the Master’s Degree: Biblical Health Psychology

MDCU–101 Christian Organization Defined (Ecclesiology & Christology)

This course will teach you the Biblical Etymology of "Ecclesiology" that can be found in the Septuagint Bible, which uses ekklesia to translate the Hebrew word qâhâl meaning a fellowshipping, congregation, assembly, company or other organized body for spiritual purposes (Acts 2:42).


Ecclesiology is "Spiritual, But Not Religious" and also "Unchurched" which may be defined as all those who do not believe in a structured, ritualistic and dogmatic pious performance at the altar.


Christology is the study of the person of Christ, His life, His ministry, His sacrifice, His commandments, and His sacrifice as our savior. In short, without an understanding of the character of Christ, your ministry is doomed to fail. (Proverbs 19:2)


We, as a spiritual and Christian organization called "Ecclesiology," define our philosophy as the science of organic Christianity, which is a living, breathing, dynamic, mutually participatory, every-member functioning, Christ-centered, communal expression of the body of Christ that is based on Christian Bible principles and historical events. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–102 Christian Holistic Health & Healing Ministry Defined

This course will help you understand the responsibilities of a Holistic Health & Healing Christian Ministry. As a Christian Holistic Health &  Healing Minister, you will learn God's Divine purpose for the various Christian Healing Ministries that we as Christians have been entrusted and called upon to perform for the spiritual and physical benefit of all living creatures. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–103 Ordained Holistic Health & Healing Minister Defined

The purpose of this course is to help you define and understand your role as a Holistic Christian Health & Christian Healing Minister. You will learn in this polluted world how to help heal the sick in relation to the spirit, mind, body and soul, which are all working synergistically together towards Pristine "spiritual and physical" Health. (3.0 credit hours)

MDCU–104 Neuro Biological Science of Faith: Introduction

This course brings Biblical principles and Neuro biological sciences working synergistically together to encourage the full potential of positive and loving thoughts on emotions that will enhance optimum spiritual and physical health. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–105 Advanced Neuro Biological Science of Faith

This course will help you to develop your incredibly God given mind and faith to its full potential by increasing memory, creativity, as well as self control of your emotions related to harmful addictions and fleshly behaviors. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–106 Bible Diet Part I: The AAA® (Acid Alkaline Association)

This course presents the most advanced concept in correct food nutrition. It also introduces what is naturally and hygienically acceptable to eat and how to avoid foods that can defile the flesh and pollute the blood, such as chemical additives, preservatives and mercury found in fish. You will also learn to be mindful that the foods you eat need to be properly combined for optimum nutrition and health, including the healthy dietary practices of making up the bulk of your diet with fruits and vegetables and avoiding refined and other processed foods. (6.0 credit hours)


MDCU–107 Bible Diet Part II: The AAA® (Acid Alkaline Association)

This course is a continuation of The Bible Diet Part I. You will learn how the Bible Diet provides Christians with nature's natural nutrients for optimum health, power, strength and endurance. It is also excellent for weight loss. The Bible Diet, of course, is the ultimate diet to help anyone attain the highest level of pristine natural and vibrant health and avoid the defilement of flesh and spirit before God. (6.0 credit hours)


MDCU–101 The Nature of Spirituality Defined

This course will help you as a Christian servant of God to learn the characteristics of spirituality according to the Christian Holy Scriptures, and how to become filled with "spiritual discernment." (3.0 credit hours)



MDCU–102 "Spiritualizing" Through a Good Physical Conscience

This course will help you to understand how to cleanse yourself from every form of defilement that contaminates flesh or spirit. The principles of the Bible require that a Christian must keep physically and spiritually clean before God. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–103 Blood: The Waters of Life

This course will help you to learn God's Scriptural viewpoint in relation to blood. The Lord God says that "The life of all flesh is in the blood." It will, in addition, teach you the importance of blood as well as its proper use. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–104 Advanced Neuro Physiological Science of Faith

This course will help you to develop your incredibly God given mind and faith to its full potential by increasing memory, creativity, as well as self control of your emotions related to harmful addictions and fleshly behaviors. (3.0 credit hours)


MDCU–105 Advanced "Applied" Nutritional Concepts

This course reveals man's true dietetic nature related to the consumption of raw fruits and vegetables according to the laws of nature created by God. This course details the nutritional and healing ability and force that nutrients of fruits and vegetables can exert on such conditions as heart disease, Candida, cancer, nutrient deficiencies, diabetes, weight control or weight loss and many other debilitating conditions . (3.0 credit hours)


42 CREDIT HOURS AND 3 ELECTIVE COURSES FOR A TOTAL OF 51 HOURS FOR THE Master’s Degree: Biblical Health Psychology



Doctor of Christian Public health psychology


The Doctor of Christian Public Health & Psychology  (abbr. DrPH or DPH; Latin Publica Sanitas Doctor) is a doctoral degree awarded in the field of public health. The DrPH is the highest, and terminal, professional degree in the field of public health. It prepares its recipients for a leadership career in advanced public health practice and administration. Many DrPH holders also hold positions in academia, including teaching and research. DrPH holders often occupy senior or executive leadership roles in private and public sectors (including municipal, state, and federal health agencies), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international health entities such as the World Health Organization.

The Dayspring Christian University of Medicine Dr PH curriculum is designed to provide advanced public health education and training.

DrPH students must complete a minimum of 45 credits of coursework plus 15 credits of doctoral research and advanced field experience beyond a master’s degree.

  • 24 credits in prescribed, core online classroom-based courses
  • 21 credits in elective courses
    1. 9 credits of track elective courses

    2. 12 credits of general elective courses

  • 15 additional credits
    1. 6 credits of advanced field experience

    2. 9 credits of integrative doctoral research

 Program of Study

DrPH students must meet DCU doctoral degree requirements, including candidacy examination and English competencies. DrPH students must also meet the following additional DrPH-specific requirements:

Advanced Field Experience: Advanced Field Experience bridges professional academic preparation and advanced public health practice. It will incorporate higher-level skills (policy development, epidemiologic analyses, etc.) compared with the MPH practicum experiences. Although not required, students will be encouraged to link their advanced field experiences to their integrative doctoral research project.

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completing all core and track elective courses, DrPH students will take their comprehensive exam, which is overseen by faculty in the DrPH program.

Integrative Doctoral Research: Students will complete two major components for their DrPH integrative experience: two publishable-quality manuscripts and a doctoral portfolio. Among other requirements, the doctoral portfolio will include a student’s CV and leadership philosophy.

In addition to these topics, each student in the DrPH program works with a DrPH faculty advisor to develop an individualized area of focus, in areas such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Advanced Leadership
  • Aging Research
  • Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention & Control
  • Economics of Public Health Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions
  • Global Health
  • Public Health Policy & Law
  • Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Response
  • Regulatory Science
  • Social Marketing and Behavior
  • Women’s Health

DrPH students also complete work in the aforementioned track electives, with 9 credits required within a chosen track.

 Track Electives: Health Systems Organization and Policy

DDCU551: Health Care Law

DDCU503: Health Services Organization Behavior

DDCU545: Introduction to Health Economics

PDCU535: Policy Analysis and Planning

PDCU550: Policy and Program Evaluation

PDCU558: Legislative Processes

PDCU573: Research and Theory in Public Policy and Governance

DCU896: Individual Studies


Track Electives: Community and Behavioral Health


DCUPSY500: Theories and Issues in Community Psychology

DCUSY510: Change Processes

DCUED843 (S PSY 843): Prevention Strategies and Programming

DCUED553: Multicultural Health Issues

DCUED552: Current Health Education Issues

DCUED501: World Health Promotion

DCU526:Health Disparities

DCU558:Disaster Psychology

DCU896: Individual Studies


Track Electives: Epidemiology and Biostatistics


DCUHP523: Managerial Epidemiology

DCUPA528: Health Data Analysis for Research

DCUA540: Epidemiological Applications in Health Services Research

DCUPH524: Longitudinal Data Analysis

DCUPH527: Survival Analysis

DCUPH552: Molecular Epidemiology of Chronic Disease

DCUPH553: Infectious Disease Epidemiology

DCUPH535: Quality of Care Measurement

DCUPH582: Biostatistical Methods in Clinical Trials

DCUSOC575: Statistical Modeling for Nonexperimental Research

DCU896: Individual Studies