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 online PhD in 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 the health services PhD 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.

Career Impact

Walden’s PhD in Health Services program can prepare you for a leadership position at the forefront of the design and delivery of cutting-edge health services in both the private and public sectors. Choose from career options in the following areas:*

  • Drug manufacturers
  • Elder services
  • Governmental health agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting
  • Healthcare corporations
  • Hospital administration
  • Inpatient services
  • Nonprofit health organizations
  • Nursing services
  • Public health agencies

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

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • You can automatically reduce your required PhD in Health Services credits and coursework if you have completed your Master of Healthcare Administration or equivalent. Reducing required credits in your program will make your education more affordable.
  • You can also complete your required PhD in Health Services coursework sooner by transferring your applicable credits.

Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master's degree other than a MHA or (2) hold a MHA.

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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