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.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 78 quarter credits
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Core courses (45 cr.)
    • Research courses (10 cr.)
    • Capstone courses (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Two residencies to equal a minimum of 8 days

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PUBH 8003 Course Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8050 Course Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8130 Course Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8240 Course Public Health Policy and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8246 Course Advanced Application of Practice-Based Research in Public Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8315 Course Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8545 Course Advanced Analysis of Community Health Data and Surveillance in Public Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8440 Course Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8475 Course Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8900 Course Research Forum Credits (0 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 9100 Course Public Health Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*PUBH 8900, Research Forum Companion (0 credits), is taken concurrently with this course PUBH 8475.The companion course serves 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.

**PUBH 9100 must be successfully completed at least four times for 20 credits.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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