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.


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