Community Health Education

Health education is critical to promoting healthy lifestyles. The Community Health Education specialization addresses how to assess and improve the well-being of communities and public health systems. Learn to analyze a community’s overall health by examining available health resources and the quality of living conditions. Explore how to develop programs that can lead to healthier environments and better health for individuals. Your study culminates in a community health assessment and the development of a public health program to address that community’s needs.

Track II is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field. In addition to specialization coursework, Track II explores public health fundamentals including case studies and research methods, public health management, and environmental health.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 119 quarter credits
    • Introductory course (3 cr.)
    • Foundation courses (31 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Research proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 residency units

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of 55 graduate-level credits into the program.

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PUBH 8003 Course Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8030 Course Socioecological Perspectives on Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8032 Course SPSS Revealed Credits (1 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8050 Course Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8033 Course Interpretation and Application of Public Health Data Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8031 Course Public Health Administration and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8035 Course Epidemiology: Decoding the Science of Public Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8130 Course Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8034 Course Environmental Health: Local to Global Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8245 Course Applied Research in Public Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8270 Course Health Informatics and Surveillance Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8315 Course Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8450 Course Community Health Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8440 Course Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories Credits (5 cr.)
CHOOSE ONE:
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8475 Course Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 9001 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*PUBH 9001 must be successfully completed at least four times for 20 credits.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
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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