The health education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health.

In light of initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 and its goal to “increase the quality, availability, and effectiveness of educational and community-based programs designed to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and enhance quality of life,” the demand for skilled health education specialists is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field has a 21% anticipated growth in employment over the next 10 years.*

The PhD in Health Education and Promotion program can help prepare you to advance in the field, working as a health educator in academic, clinical, community, or corporate settings.

Health educators work to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. They do this by:

  • Assessing needs
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs
  • Coordinating health education services
  • Serving as resource people
  • Advocating for specific health issues

A PhD in Health Education and Promotion can help you gain the skills and experience to work within a wide range of settings to promote healthy lifestyles. These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community health agencies
  • State and local health departments
  • Schools and universities
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Hospitals and clinics

Doctoral-level health education specialists may also serve as consultants, teach at the college or university level, or work as researchers.†

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm (viewed online January 22, 2014). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

Testimonials

Anita Alston-Ellis

Anita Alston Ellis

PhD in Public Health Graduate / PMP Certificate Student
I chose Walden University because I was highly impressed with its versatile curriculum and its emphasis on academic integrity, research, and social change.
I chose Walden because I was seeking a relationship with a university that shared my values—looking at education as a means to help improve the world.
I refer friends and family to Walden because of the amazing experience I had and the continued success I enjoy from having my Ph.D.
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Edward Irobi
Melissa Thomas MPH and PhD in Public Health Graduate
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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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