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Advancing Education, Advancing Health Equity

Since 1970, Walden has been a pioneer in providing broad access to quality higher education. We help adult learners transform themselves into scholar-practitioners who can make a greater difference in their communities to drive systemic change. A leader in online education since 1995, Walden is continually innovating to provide a superior student experience.

Walden’s diverse faculty members are experts in teaching adult learners online and have real-world experience to share in a variety of disciplines. Through their alignment with the Social Determinants of Health, they are helping prepare working professionals to create a more equitable future. There are more than 172,000 alumni who have benefited from a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or certificate program from Walden to help change the world around them.

Social Change

""At Walden, we believe that knowledge is most valuable when put to use for the greater good. Positive social change is at the core of each of our programs so that our graduates are better prepared to promote the development of individuals, communities, and organizations—as well as society as a whole.

Walden provides an opportunity for a community of diverse scholar-practitioners to transform themselves as agents of positive social change. We engage in research that supports our social justice mission, and we encourage our students, alumni, and faculty to do the same through our research grants.

By creating opportunities for diverse working adult learners to advance their education, Walden has helped generations of alumni blaze a trail for change in their professions and communities. It’s why our mission matters and why our faculty and staff are so committed to our students’ success.

Learn more about our social change mission.

Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health

Beyond the Social Determinants of Learning™ A Walden University Position Paper

One of the ways Walden is committed to creating positive social change is by aligning its academic programs and structures with the Social Determinants of Health. This framework, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, gives Walden a powerful way to view how it prepares adult learners to think holistically about how they make a difference.

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Innovation in Education Delivery

For education to be truly equitable, we must adapt and create agile learning environments that fit students’ needs and eliminate barriers to academic success. As an early leader in online degree programs and competency-based learning, Walden is no stranger to educational innovation. Our online degree and certificate programs have helped thousands of adult learners strengthen their professional skills—on their own terms and timelines. Walden’s investment in high-quality technology and distance learning platforms brings education to life, and our pursuit to reimagine the way individuals learn never ends.

Discover Walden’s Tempo Learning® approach, which offers a self-paced educational experience.

Featured Experts

Sue Subocz, PhD, Associate President and Provost
Higher education innovation | curriculum development | student success | instructional design

Kelley Costner, EdD, Interim Vice Provost of the Division of Social Supports for Healthy Communities and Dean of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Culturally responsive pedagogy | African American/Black learners | faculty development | higher education administration

Andrea Lindell, RN, PhD, ANEF, Vice Provost of the College of Health Professions and the College of Nursing
Social determinants of health | healthcare advancement | academic/community partnerships

Nina Nabors, PhD, ABPP, LP, Interim Vice Provost of the Division of Healthcare Access and Quality
Multicultural and rehabilitation psychology | mental health stigma | women’s leadership | diversity equity and inclusion

Nina McCune, EdD, Associate Dean for Inclusive Teaching and Learning
Learning innovation | inclusive learning | public health | social determinants of health

Driving the Conversation

Spotlight on Walden Blog

Walden’s alumni, faculty, students, and staff are using their knowledge to make a difference. Read about their journeys and accomplishments in our Spotlight on Walden blog.

Making an Impact

Walden News

Walden is a pioneer in distance education for adult learners. See how we are helping working professionals transform into scholar-practitioners who make a difference across the workforce and their communities.

Diversity and Inclusion

''Walden was founded more than 50 years ago to provide broad access to higher education. Our diverse community is our strength as we continue our mission of creating positive social change.

Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.