High-quality, accessible healthcare is a national priority.

Discover how to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy, broaden your knowledge of healthcare ethics and law, and engage in scientific inquiry to advance research and practice in health services. With this health services degree, you can also prepare to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare system and lead and inform dialogue about key health services issues—meaning you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to create positive social change as you change your world and the world of those around you.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  2. Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  3. Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  4. Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
  5. Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
  6. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Community Health Specialization

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of global community health education programs, strategies, and campaigns.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Healthcare Administration Specialization

  1. Demonstrate effective approaches to leadership, strategic planning, governance, and public policy needed in health services.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Leadership Specialization

  1. Analyze leadership theories, concepts, and tools that provide the foundation for health services decision making.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Public Health Policy Specialization

  1. Design, implement, and evaluate public health policy.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Walden Facts


91% of employers of Walden PhD in Health Services graduates responding to our survey state they are very satisfied or satisfied with the Walden graduate working at their organization.


More than 85% of Walden PhD in Health Services alumni responding to our survey are very likely or likely to refer Walden to others.*

Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.


Anita Alston-Ellis

Anita Alston Ellis

PhD in Public Health Graduate / PMP Certificate Student
Walden University has taught me to act on my passions and address societal challenges using research and investigation. Transforming society is my goal and the goal of a Walden scholar.
Walden’s social change mission was very inspiring and guided me throughout my study.
Walden’s social change mission has always been an important factor for me.
Cynthia Hickman MSN Graduate / PhD in Health Services Student
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