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.
|Quarter||1||Course Code||PUBH 8003||Course||Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health||Credits||3|
|Quarter||1||Course Code||PUBH 8030||Course||Socioecological Perspectives on Health||Credits||5|
|Quarter||2||Course Code||PUBH 8032||Course||SPSS Revealed||Credits||1|
|Quarter||2||Course Code||PUBH 8050||Course||Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention||Credits||5|
|Quarter||3||Course Code||PUBH 8033||Course||Interpretation and Application of Public Health Data||Credits||5|
|Quarter||3||Course Code||PUBH 8031||Course||Public Health Administration & Leadership||Credits||5|
|Quarter||4||Course Code||PUBH 8035||Course||Epidemiology: Decoding the Science of Public Health||Credits||5|
|Quarter||4||Course Code||PUBH 8130||Course||Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders||Credits||5|
|Quarter||5||Course Code||PUBH 8034||Course||Environmental Health: Local to Global||Credits||5|
|Quarter||5||Course Code||RSCH 8110||Course||Research Theory, Design, and Methods||Credits||5|
|Quarter||6||Course Code||PUBH 8240||Course||Public Health Policy and Advocacy||Credits||5|
|Quarter||6||Course Code||RSCH 8210||Course||Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis||Credits||5|
|Quarter||7||Course Code||PUBH 8400||Course||Public Health Leadership, Management, and Systems Thinking||Credits||5|
|Quarter||7||Course Code||PUBH 8246||Course||The Advanced Application of Practice-Based Research in Public Health||Credits||5|
|Quarter||8||Course Code||PUBH 8315||Course||Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems||Credits||5|
|Quarter||8||Course Code||PUBH 8545||Course||Advanced Analysis of Community Health Data and Surveillance in Public Health||Credits||5|
|Quarter||9||Course Code||PUBH 8440||Course||Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories||Credits||5|
|Quarter||9||Course Code||PUBH 8475||Course||Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation||Credits||5|
|Quarter||10-13||Course Code||PUBH 9100||Course||Public Health Capstone||Credits||20|
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.
In this course, students identify and discuss social and ecological perspectives of public health including individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, societal, and public policy factors. Students explore and apply the socio-ecological model (SEM) and other theoretical frameworks that aim to address current public health problems and reduce health disparities, morbidity, and mortality. Students demonstrate understanding of course concepts through peer discussion and through researching and describing a specific health issue in a community, discussing the contributing factors, and proposing an appropriate intervention.
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.
An in-depth review of how population-based strategies are used in the prevention of disease and disability is provided to students in this course. Students explore the topics of population health and disease prevention from the perspective of understanding the determinants of health. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, students examine how economics, social factors, health policy, urbanization, globalization, the environment, and other factors influence disease. Students consider how research in disease prevention, health determinants, and population health applies to public and community health efforts.
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.
Students in this course are offered a comprehensive overview of environmental factors that affect the health and safety of a community. Students examine causal links between chemical, physical, and biological hazards in the environment and their impact on health. They also explore the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that influence environmentally compromised health outcomes. Students investigate environmental risk assessment methods; strategies for effective management and control of environmental exposures; and legal, regulatory, and ethical considerations at the federal, state, and local levels. Using theories and methods presented in the course, students assess current solutions and consider new ways to address environmental threats, such as waste, water, air, vectors, and global warming as well as issues related to bioterrorism and disaster preparedness and management.
Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. The course also introduces students to the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods. Students devote special attention to understanding the ethical and social change implications of conducting research and engaging in scholarship. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies.
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.
This research course provides students with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for designing quantitative research at the doctoral level, including understanding data analysis and applying statistical concepts. Students explore classical quantitative research designs and common statistical tests, the importance of quality assurance, and ethical and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. They approach statistics from a problem-solving perspective, with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design. Students use statistical software to calculate statistics data and interpret and present results. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing a quantitative research plan.
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.
The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of theories, principles, strategies and alternative methods of applied research (quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed method designs) in public health. The course will focus on culturally sensitive, appropriate literacy level and community engagement through participatory action research and collaborative inquiry of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Students will gain an appreciation of advantages and limitations of this approach, and skills necessary for participating effectively in CBPR projects.
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.
|Course Code||DRWA 8000G||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||0|
This course is part of Walden’s commitment to help prepare students to meet the university’s expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors in the Center for Student Success. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first full quarter or semester in their doctoral program.
*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.