Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program gives you the opportunity to:
- Learn from respected scholars and practitioners in the field of public health.
- Collaborate with students from other programs in Walden’s College of Health Sciences in a diverse, shared-learning environment.
- Combine online learning and in-person academic residencies to enhance your abilities as a scholar-practitioner.
- Complete a capstone project that allows you to apply what you've learned to address a real problem in your field.
When you choose Walden’s DrPH program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s DrPH program:
Which Program Is Right for You?
When exploring Walden’s Ph.D. in Public Health and Doctor of Public Health programs, consider which features are right for your learning style and career aspirations.
The chart below provides some of the differences between the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and the Ph.D. in Public Health, but view the PDF for a more complete overview of both programs in order to help determine which program is right for you.
||Ph.D. in Public Health
||Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
|Program Structure/Learning Style
- Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the field of public health and become an expert in the profession.
- Expand your knowledge and expertise in a specific content area with an emphasis on academic research.
- Conduct original research with the intent of adding to scholarship in the field.
- Complete a traditional doctoral dissertation that results in a scholarly paper.
- Deepen your understanding of public health budgeting, advocacy, communication, critical analysis, ethics, and program evaluation.
- Enhance your leadership and critical-thinking skills.
- Learn how to apply evidence-based research to advance public health objectives.
- Gain insight into today’s most pressing public health challenges from both a domestic and global perspective.
- Transition into a faculty teaching position in higher education.
- Publish research as an expert author.
- Serve as a leader and expert within an organization.
- Serve as an evaluator of public health agencies.
- Faculty member/professor
- Public health researcher
- Post-doctoral fellow
- Advance into an administrative or leadership role within a practice-based setting.
- Gain the skills and credentials to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and policies.
- Have a greater impact in solving 21st-century public health problems.
- Health department director
- Public health information officer
- Health policy advisor
- Public health consultant
- Health officer
- Public health program director
- Community health manager/director
*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Why Earn Your Doctoral Degree in Public Health
The healthcare field is expected to continue enjoying strong growth, and the employment outlook is robust. According to information gathered by the Association of Schools of Public Health, some industry trends include*:
- Experts predict a greater emphasis on cost containment, requiring innovative leaders in finance and economics.
- Exportation of public health technologies to developing nations will create the need for well-educated health planners and policymakers worldwide.
- Emerging scientific technology and associated medical, legal, economic, and social issues will continue to create demand for well-educated policymakers.
- As corporations face rising health costs, the need for decision makers with analytical and problem-solving skills will grow in the private sector.
- Policy planners in the public sector will be in demand to protect the health rights of the homeless, underinsured, elderly, or disabled.
- Demand is increasing for epidemiologists in public health agencies, industry, public and private health services delivery organizations, and international agencies.
- Demand for nutritionists remains strong due to health, nutrition, and food assistance programs sponsored by both public and private agencies. Demand is also increasing in settings such as physician offices, wellness centers, media, and private industry.
The salary of a Doctor of Public Health graduate is dependent on job location and job type. According to PayScale.com's national survey data, a health policy analyst had an annual middle pay range of $37,439 for the 25th percentile to $81,761 for the 75th percentile. Using the same data and middle range, a biostatistician made $52,004 to $122,614.†
||Mean annual wage (May 2012)‡
|Medical and Health Services Managers
|Social and Community Service Managers
|Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
*Source: The Association of Schools of Public Health, "Pursue a Career in Public Health," on the Internet at www.whatispublichealth.org/careers/careers.html (viewed online February 5, 2014).
†Sources: PayScale.com, “Health Policy Analyst Salary” and “Biostatistician Salary,” on the Internet at www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Health_Policy_Analyst/Salary and www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Biostatistician/Salary (viewed online February 5, 2014).
‡Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#11-0000 (viewed online February 4, 2014).