Influence programs and policies that save lives, improve the face of global health, and create stronger communities through our PhD in Public Health program.

In our PhD in Public Health program, you can build upon your skills and expertise to become a more effective scholar-practitioner and make compelling contributions to advancing wellness among diverse populations. Coursework examines issues in disease and injury prevention; health informatics; and the importance of communication, marketing, and public relations in the public health field. In addition to conducting your own original research in a public health topical area of your choice, you can learn how to apply public health research to promote positive social change concerning the health of communities worldwide.

Earning your doctoral degree in public health can position you to pursue prominent career roles as a leader, researcher, consultant, or educator in a wide range of settings. Gain the knowledge and credentials to change your world and improve the lives of countless people across the globe.

Why earn your doctorate in public health from Walden?

  • Integrate scholarly research with practical solutions that address today’s most pressing health issues through a scholar-practitioner learning model.
  • Earn your PhD in Public Health degree sooner if you already have a Master of Public Health (MPH) or MS in Public Health.
  • Broaden your research skills through an original dissertation that contributes to the field.
  • Learn from scholars, researchers, and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and public health industry credentials and expertise from all over the world.
  • Choose from two PhD in Public Health specializations, allowing you to focus your learning in an area that matches your interests and career goals: Community Health Education and Epidemiology.
  • Enjoy a superior online classroom experience with cutting-edge multimedia including videos, simulations, and presentations.
  • Attend academic residencies.
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PhD in Public Health

PhD in Public Health

Earning your PhD in public health from Walden University allows you to influence policies that save lives in your community and around the world. Through the doctorate program at Walden, you'll enjoy cutting edge, online classroom experience, while broadening your research skills through an original dissertation that contributes to the field. And whether you want to conduct research, raise public awareness, or manage health care organizations, the public health field offers an exciting array of career possibilities. With a PhD in public health from Walden University, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

With a master’s in Social Work from Walden University, you can help marginalized and oppressed populations, achieve social equity and improve their quality of life. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize critical-thinking and assessment skills in order to analyze barriers, assess needs, and advance the knowledge and practice of public health.
  2. Evaluate and apply population-based theories and strategies used in the prevention of disease and disability.
  3. Lead and inform professional communication, marketing, and public relations on key issues in public health.
  4. Apply fiscal and organizational tenets to public health program leadership.
  5. Demonstrate advanced competency in health informatics and surveillance techniques used in public health programs.
  6. Apply public health research to promote positive social change concerning the health of diverse populations.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Community Health Education Specialization

  1. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in community health assessment and education.
  2. Examine evidence-based community health education and intervention programs and activities designed to improve public health.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Epidemiology Specialization

  1. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in epidemiology.
  2. Apply epidemiologic concepts and analytical approaches to public health problems.

Need Help Choosing a Program?

Walden offers three doctoral degree programs in public health and health education designed to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.

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

Walden Facts


Almost 95% of Walden alumni responding to our survey say that their program helped them to advance positive social change.*


More than half of Walden doctoral graduates who responded to our survey say their degree contributed to earning a pay raise.*

Source:; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2014 survey.


Anita Alston-Ellis

Anita Alston Ellis

PhD in Public Health Graduate / PMP Certificate Student
Immediately after my MPH practicum, I intend to pursue my Ph.D. in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology at Walden. I want to teach as well as pursue epidemiologic research studies to contribute to contemporary issues in public health in the United States and around the world.
Walden’s social change mission was very inspiring and guided me throughout my study.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden University is that I am in control of my future.
Edward Irobi MPH Graduate / PhD in Public Health Student
Edward Irobi
Raymond Chimezie PhD in Public Health Graduate
Ray Chimezie
Tira Wallace MPH Student
Tira Wallace
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