High-quality, accessible healthcare is a national priority.

Through Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program, you can gain the skills and experience you need to help prepare you for leadership positions in healthcare administration and policy in a variety of public and private healthcare settings.

Discover how to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy, broaden your knowledge of healthcare ethics and law, and engage in scientific inquiry to advance research and practice in health services. With this health services degree, you can also prepare to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare system and lead and inform dialogue about key health services issues—meaning you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to create positive social change as you change your world and the world of those around you.

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Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program offers specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

Accelerated Program for Students With an MHA

Walden offers students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) a shorter path to the Ph.D. in Health Services. Learn more about this accelerated program.

 

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Community Health

Examine the leadership principles, health education policies, and social and behavioral change theories that guide effective community health education and advocacy. The Community Health Education and Advocacy specialization will help prepare you to promote health, reduce risk factors, and influence community leaders in supporting a healthy environment for diverse populations. Explore the planning and organization of health programs and how media and marketing strategies can support your efforts.

Completion Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units

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.

Foundation Course

Research Core

Foundation Core

Specialization Courses

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Healthcare Administration

Explore social justice principles that impact healthcare decisions and practice as well as the theoretical foundations of governance and public policy. Through the Healthcare Administration specialization, you can prepare to manage and implement healthcare programs and services by applying best practices in leadership, ethics, and strategic planning. You can learn collaborative and effective approaches to working with diverse workforces and communities.

Completion Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 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.

Foundation Course

Research Core

Foundation Core

Specialization Courses

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Leadership

You can gain the skills to become a healthcare leader who can work effectively with diverse workforces and communities in a variety of political and economic settings. Through the Leadership specialization, you can build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning. You can also develop the leadership and ethical capabilities required to advance public health goals as you gain the skills to motivate, inspire, and manage people through effective communication.

Completion Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 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.

Foundation Course

Research Core

Foundation Core

Specialization Courses

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Public Health Policy

You can learn to design, implement, manage, and influence public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Explore how data is used to form policy recommendations and to draft legislation that promotes the equal distribution of health resources and reductions in health risks. Through the Public Health Policy specialization, you will examine microeconomic and macroeconomic models, the influence of public finance on policy decisions, and the tools and techniques used to evaluate the impact of social programs.

Completion Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 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.

Foundation Course

Research Core

Foundation Core

Specialization Courses

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

Self-Designed

Choose courses that best match your personal and professional interests as you develop your own specialization. You have the flexibility to select from courses that cover such topics as health policy, health promotion and education, and healthcare administration.

Completion Requirements

  • 100–102 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (19-20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 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.

Foundation Course

Research Core

Foundation Core

Specialization Courses

Select one course from any of the Ph.D. Health Services specializations and select three courses from the following list:

Electives

Select two courses from any Walden doctoral program (8-10 cr.)

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

PhD in Health Services

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 99 total quarter credit hours $540 per quarter hour $53,460
Residency Fee 4 during your program
(Residency 2 and Residency 4 may be virtual)
$1,160 each (travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional)
Virtual: $1,260 each
$4,640
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,920
    Total $60,020
    Transfer up to 49 credits $27,420
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $32,600

 

PhD in Health Services - Accelerated Program for Students with a MHA degree

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 65 total quarter credit hours $540 per quarter hour $35,100
Residency Fee 4 during your program
(Residency 2 and Residency 4 may be virtual)
$1,160 each (travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional)
Virtual: $1,260 each
$4,640
Technology Fee  Per quarter $120 $1,440
    Total $41,180
    Transfer up to 32 credits $18,000
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $23,180

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.

Apply MHA credits to your Ph.D. in Human Services

Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program can prepare you for a leadership position at the forefront of the design and delivery of cutting-edge health services in both the private and public sectors. Choose from career options in the following areas:

  • Drug manufacturers
  • Elder services
  • Governmental health agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting
  • Healthcare corporations
  • Hospital administration
  • Inpatient services
  • Nonprofit health organizations
  • Nursing services
  • Public health agencies

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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As a Ph.D. in Health Services student, you can:

  • Gain the knowledge needed to help identify and address critical concerns related to the nation’s healthcare system.
  • Combine your interests in health services and public health and broaden your career options in the private and public sector.
  • Enhance your critical-thinking and decision-making skills as you learn to assume greater responsibility in leadership positions.
  • Work toward the same degree as prominent Walden graduates who are leaders in the field, including both a participant in the highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and the president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

As a student in Walden’s health services Ph.D. program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program:

Accelerated Program for Students With an M.H.A.

Walden offers students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) a shorter path to the Ph.D. in Health Services.

Recognizing your previous academic progress, we will apply 34–35 credits toward your doctoral program, significantly reducing the time to completion and your total costs. The accelerated program builds on your current knowledge and experience with scholarly research and relevant coursework that will further prepare you for leadership positions in healthcare administration, policy, or academia.

Eligibility Requirements

  • M.H.A. from Walden or another accredited university

Completion Requirements

  • 65–67 total quarter credits*
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Research core (21 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (19–20 cr.)
    • Electives (4–5 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)

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.

Foundation Courses

Research Core

Specialization Courses

Select from five specializations (19–20 cr.):

  • Community Health Education and Advocacy
    • HLTH 8460, HLTH 820, HLTH 821, HLTH 8219
  • Health Administration
    • HLTH 8136, HLTH 8015, HLTH 8465, HLTH 8112
  • Leadership
    • HLTH 8136, HLTH 8015, HLTH 8111, HLTH 8392
  • Public Health Policy
    • HLTH 8175, HLTH 8215, HLTH 8381, HLTH 8382
  • Self- Designed
    • If you choose the self-designed specialization, you are required to select one course (4 or 5 cr.) from among any of the other Ph.D. in Health Services specializations. You also must select three courses (15 cr.) from the following list.
    • HLTH 8015, HLTH 8200, HLTH 8210, HLTH 8215, HLTH 8219

Course Descriptions

Electives

One course (4–5 cr.) to be selected from courses offered within all Ph.D. in Health Services program specializations

Dissertation

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Course Title

*The number of credits eligible for transfer from non-Walden University M.H.A. degrees may be fewer depending upon evaluation of non-Walden University M.H.A. program coursework.

Meet Students and Alumni

Meet a few of the students and graduates of the Ph.D. in Health Services program. Their unique perspective on Walden and on this program can offer you a glimpse of what to expect from your student experience. These students and alumni offer insights into learning at Walden, applying the Ph.D. in Health Services in the real world, and how earning a Ph.D. in Health Services has helped them make a difference in the health services field.

“Walden University is committed to changing the landscape of a society by helping students become scholars in their fields.Cynthia Hickman Walden’s scholars ask the hard questions while discovering and uncovering best practices based on solid research. Walden students are equipped to use their skills and knowledge to impact society in positive and productive ways.”
Cynthia Hickman
Ph.D. in Health Services Student

“I always talk with students about the role health services plays with a hospitalized patient. Bridging the gap between illness and health can occur when there is an understanding about the importance of community health and teaching patients to take ownership of their disease and illness. This is why I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Health Services. I hope to help develop community resources to meet their needs.”
Cynthia Hickman
Ph.D. in Health Services Student

Getting Recognition for Your Research

A Walden Ph.D. in Public Health graduate offers advice about how doctoral students can gain more exposure for their research.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  2. Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  3. Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  4. Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
  5. Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
  6. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Community Health Education and Advocacy Specialization

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of global community health education programs, strategies, and campaigns.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Healthcare Administration Specialization

  1. Demonstrate effective approaches to leadership, strategic planning, governance, and public policy needed in health services.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Leadership Specialization

  1. Analyze leadership theories, concepts, and tools that provide the foundation for health services decision making.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Public Health Policy Specialization

  1. Design, implement, and evaluate public health policy.

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.