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Track II is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline unrelated to public health.
If you have a Master of Public Health (MPH), see Track I.
The majority of our students take over 2 years to complete their doctoral study or dissertation.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will 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.
*PUBH 8900, Research Forum Companion (0 credits), is taken concurrently with this course. It will serve 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.
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and the requirements for successfully participating in an online curriculum, and provided with a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. The focus of course assignments is on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the integration of professional practice with professional and academic excellence as they relate to practice in public health.
This is a laboratory-type course where students learn the skills needed to use the statistical computer package SPSS in public health practice and research. Topics include importation of data, management of various types of data, creation and exportation of tables and graphs, and computation of basic statistical tests using SPSS.
Students in this course learn about biostatistical methods and concepts used in public health practice and research. Emphasis is placed on interpretation and application of concepts rather than statistical calculations. Major topics include identification of types of data, creation and interpretation of narrative and graphical descriptive statistics, conceptualization of statistical inference and probability, and interpretation of common nonparametric tests, analysis of variance, and simple linear regression models. Students are required to use the statistical computer package SPSS.
In this course, students are provided with a foundational understanding of the administrative, managerial, and organizational practices of public health and healthcare delivery systems. Students examine theories of leadership as well as the professional attributes, skills, styles, and strategies required to advance public health goals. They engage in a variety of contextual and practical assignments focused on management theories, policy processes, systems thinking, strategic planning and partnerships, quality and performance improvement, leadership, and organizational behavior. Students also consider the impact of global trends on public health practice, policy, and systems.
Students in this course are provided with an epidemiological approach to the study of the incidence, prevalence, and patterns of disease and injury in populations, and the application of this study to the control of public health problems. Key sources of data for epidemiological purposes are identified, and principles and limitations of public health screening programs are addressed. Students learn to calculate basic epidemiological measures and to draw appropriate inferences from epidemiological data and reports. (Prerequisite(s): PUBH 8033.)
An overview of marketing and public relations principles as they relate to public health, highlighting theoretical concepts that are commonly used in health communications research, is provided to students in this course. Topics include using social marketing techniques, promoting health literacy, developing community partnerships, and creating culturally sensitive and appropriate promotional materials. Students focus on using social media to identify and advance public health interests and ethical principles. Through case studies, students examine how they can use marketing practices to translate health research into social action and behavioral change.
This course will provide contemporary public health leaders and administrators with an overview of the public health policy, legislative, and advocacy process. Students evaluate public health policy though a multidisciplinary framework of politics, epidemiology, economics, ethics, and law. They examine theories and strategies used by policy stakeholders to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate public health policy. Through public health case studies, students apply evidence-based research in creating effective public health policies.
In this course, students explore leadership models and theories, the core principles of public health leadership, and the application of systems thinking to public health. They examine how to create strategies and solutions that efficiently utilize public health and healthcare resources. Students also discuss descriptive and prescriptive systems, focusing on the application of these processes to current public health issues and challenges at the organizational and community levels.
In this course, students investigate the provision of resources for the delivery of public health services and the application of economic theories to health policy issues. Students explore how organizational characteristics interact with economic forces to produce systems performance outcomes, as well as how fiscal policy can influence the performance of public health systems. Students analyze grant-writing strategies and the advantages and disadvantages of various financing options. Other topics include methods of economic evaluation and their usefulness in determining appropriate financing mechanisms for public health systems.
In this course, students cover the application of community health assessment, secondary data analysis, and the use of health informatics and surveillance for program planning. Students learn to identify and prioritize problems, then assess and utilize community resources to address these problems. Topics include measuring selected determinants of community health status and health services use, classifying community assets, identifying data sources, simple and complex sampling designs and applying certain methods to maximize community participation incorporating the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research designs. Students will develop an understanding of statistical and epidemiological methodology to utilize secondary data to synthesize the results of a community health assessment and limitations to create a community diagnosis that serves as the basis for program planning and research design.
This course presents a comprehensive look at public health and behavior change theories that apply to community health education. Students review and assess predominant social and behavioral principles at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels. Students discuss examples of how others have harnessed social marketing and communication technology to effect positive health behavior change in individuals and communities. Students learn to apply theories to public health research and practice.
This course promotes competency in program design, implementation, and evaluation. It provides an overview of public health program planning and development, as well as needs and assets assessment. It focuses on the methods required to implement programs and evaluate their efficacy. Students discuss the administration and coordination of public health program interventions and activities, and explore the variety of methods used to facilitate public health research.
In this capstone course, doctoral students have the opportunity to integrate their program of study and demonstrate their knowledge into an in-depth exploration of a public health practice issue or problem. Students complete an applied practice-based project independently, with the guidance of a capstone supervisory committee chair and committee members, in a learning platform classroom in which weekly participation is required. Students complete a prospectus, proposal, Institutional Review Board application, and carry out and analyze a research protocol and project.
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