Gain distinction in your field and take a lead role in promoting healthier, safer communities with Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program, one of the few offered online.

The DrPH joins Walden’s B.S. in Public Health, Master of Public Health (MPH), and Ph.D. in Public Health to form one of the largest online suites of public health programs available today. Designed for public health practitioners, this professional degree program can prepare you to advance into a leadership or administrative role and make a greater impact in your field.

Walden’s DrPH delivers an unparalleled learning experience through an interactive online classroom, in-person academic residencies, and a multidisciplinary format that enables you to collaborate with students from other programs in Walden’s College of Health Sciences. You will enhance your leadership and critical-thinking expertise while gaining insight into 21st-century public health challenges from both a domestic and global perspective. You will focus on the practical application of public health principles and integration of knowledge in the areas of communication, marketing, public policy and advocacy, economics, analysis of community health data and surveillance systems, behavior change theories, and program implementation and evaluation. As a student in this Doctor of Public Health program, you will also integrate and apply research methods in community-based practice settings to improve the health of your community.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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This online public health doctoral program features two tracks, depending on your academic background:

 

DrPH Track I  For students who hold a Master of Public Health (MPH); allows the student to forgo foundational public health courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.
DrPH Track II For students who have a master’s degree in an academic discipline other than public health.

Track I

Track I is a program of study for students who have a Master of Public Health (MPH). It allows the student to forgo foundational public health courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

If you have a master’s degree in an unrelated discipline, see Track II.

Completion Requirements

  • 65 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (47 cr.)
    • Research courses (8 cr.)
    • Capstone courses (10 cr.)
  • Two residencies to equal a minimum of 8 days

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

* PUBH 8900, Research Forum (0 credits), is taken concurrently with these courses. It will serve as a platform for the ongoing collaborative learning communication between students’ and their doctoral study chairs and as a repository for drafts and documentation materials related to the doctoral study. Students will be assigned to sections of PUBH 8900 based on their doctoral study chair. There is no cost for the course.

Track II

Track II is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline unrelated to public health.

If you have a Master of Public Health (MPH), see Track I.

Completion Requirements

  • 91 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (73 cr.)
    • Research courses (8 cr.)
    • Capstone courses (10 cr.)
  • Two residencies to equal a minimum of 8 days

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

* PUBH 8900, Research Forum (0 credits), is taken concurrently with these courses. It will serve as a platform for the ongoing collaborative learning communication between students’ and their doctoral study chairs and as a repository for drafts and documentation materials related to the doctoral study. Students will be assigned to sections of PUBH 8900 based on their doctoral study chair. There is no cost for the course.

Walden offers one of the shortest and more affordable Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) programs compared to those at other online regionally accredited universities.

Doctor of Public Health - Accelerated Program for Students with a MPH degree

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 65 total quarter credit hours $520 per quarter hour $33,800
Residency Fee 2 during your program $1,160 each (travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional) $2,320
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,440
    Total $37,560
    Transfer up to 32 credits $17,360
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $20,200

 

Doctor of Public Health - Students with Alternative Master's degree

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 91 total quarter credit hours $520 per quarter hour $47,320
Residency Fee 2 during your program $1,160 each (travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional) $2,320
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,920
    Total $51,560
    Transfer up to 45 credits $24,330
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $27,200

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $2,500 - $4,500.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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As the nation shifts its healthcare focus toward wellness and preventive care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing need for qualified public health leaders to manage complex agencies, institutions, and community organizations.

Whether your background is in science or business, Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program can help prepare you to work as a leader or administrator in a variety of practice-based settings within the public, private, or academic sector. Career options may include:*

  • 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.

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.

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Which Program Is Right for You?

Public Health Doctoral Comparison ChartWhen 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.
Career Aspirations
  • 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.

Career Options*

  • Faculty member/professor
  • Public health researcher
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • 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.

Career Options*

  • 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.

Occupation title   Mean annual wage (May 2012) 
Medical and Health Services Managers $98,460
Social and Community Service Managers $64,460
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $68,970
Epidemiologists $71,400

*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).

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in the application and evaluation of population-based public health strategies.
  2. Evaluate approaches to inform and influence public health interventions and strategies.
  3. Apply research methods in the investigation of public health problems.
  4. Critically evaluate evidence-based research, theories, and models used in public health.
  5. Apply systems-thinking skills and strategies for the promotion of public health policy and advocacy.
  6. Apply evidence-based research and practices to promote positive social change.
  7. Examine the application of economic theories in relation to public health systems across diverse community settings.
  8. Apply community health assessment techniques to identify, prioritize, and formulate solutions to community public health problems.
  9. Apply ethical principles in public health practice.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.