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.
- M.H.A. from Walden or another accredited university
- 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.
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
- 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
One course (4–5 cr.) to be selected from courses offered within all Ph.D. in Health Services program specializations
*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. 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.”
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.”
Ph.D. in Health Services Student