In Walden’s Ph.D. in Public Health program, you can:
- Choose from a specialization in Community Health Education or Epidemiology.
- Broaden your research skills through an original dissertation that contributes to the field.
- Benefit from a program informed by new legislation including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Healthy People 2020 initiative.
- Learn about the latest developments in the field by studying current research—and conducting your own.
- Learn from respected scholars and experts in the field.
When you choose Walden’s online Ph.D. in Public Health, 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. Learn more.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ph.D. in Public Health program:
As a Ph.D. in Public Health student, you have the opportunity to engage in original research as part of your dissertation. Our faculty and staff work closely with you so you can successfully complete your doctoral research. An experienced faculty mentor guides you through each step of the process and offers a fresh perspective on your research.
Choose an area of special interest, then apply your knowledge and expertise to conduct original research that addresses current issues in the public health field. Your research can help facilitate positive social change and solve critical challenges for your organization, the public health profession, or your community.
Examples of past student research topics include:
- Childhood obesity and legislation
- Adolescent STD prevention, intervention, and health
- Youth and urban violence
- Risk behavior among college students
- Emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism
- Alternative and complementary health
- Self-management of health using the Internet
- The public health sector and inspecting the food supply
- Immigrant oral health
- Public health and national resource conservancy
- Influence of faith and spirituality on health status and health behavior
Meet Students and Alumni
Meet a few of the students and graduates of the Ph.D. in Public Health 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 Public Health in the real world, and how earning a Ph.D. in Public Health has helped them make a difference in the field of public health.
“Earning a Ph.D. in Public Health at Walden University will allow me to be more seriously considered a researcher and allow me to become the principal investigator of more studies in my areas of interest. The more I learn about what interests me, the better service I can provide to my community. Down the line, I’d also like to practice epidemiology globally and hope to be in the position to provide philanthropic services on a global scale.”
Ronessa Strickland-Roberts, Ph.D. in Public Health Student
“I have become more of a leader since attending Walden. I’ve taken on projects that have had positive outcomes. Prior to Walden, I was usually hesitant to volunteer. Now, I feel confident in my abilities.”
Lanise A. Hutchins, Ph.D. in Public Health Student
“Walden’s student community is so diverse that in any given class, a student is exposed to a global view on an issue. The faculty also brings diverse sociocultural views, which is a great benefit to academic learning.”
Elizabeth Ndubisi-Ukandu, Ph.D. in Public Health Student
“Residencies give me a confidence boost. I know I can complete my program requirements if I persevere. I come away with new knowledge, tools, ideas, and strategies along with great advice from both faculty and staff. I leave feeling that Walden cares about its student population and will do whatever possible to make the experience one in a lifetime. There’s no better feeling than leaving each residency with long-lasting networks of new friends.”
Elizabeth Ndubisi-Ukandu, Ph.D. in Public Health Student
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.