Gain the expertise and leadership skills you need to impact public health with Walden’s DrPH program.

CEPH Accredited Master's and DoctoralLead programs that foster healthier, more resilient communities with a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Walden. A doctorate in public health prepares practitioners with the advanced training and leadership skills to assume high-level roles in agencies, institutions, and community organizations.

Why Pursue Your Doctor of Public Health With Walden?

  • Gain the professional skill set needed to drive real, sustainable change. The DrPH curriculum provides critical insight into 21st-century public health challenges. You’ll also build sought-after competencies in communication, marketing, public policy and advocacy, and economics.
  • Learn from respected scholars and practitioners in the public health field. Be inspired by faculty like Dr. Chinaro Kennedy, who has been at the forefront of clinical and environmental public health practice for more than 25 years.
  • Collaborate with peers in a diverse, interdisciplinary learning environment. Take classes alongside students from other programs in our College of Health Sciences. Exchange ideas and learn from professionals across the entire healthcare delivery system.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to a real public health challenge. In your final capstone project, you’ll build hands-on experience by using your enhanced knowledge to address a pressing problem in your field.
  • Save time and money if you have your MPH. Walden offers two DrPH entry paths to meet you where you are in your education. If you have a Master of Public Health degree, you are eligible for a program track with fewer required credits and less coursework to position you to reach your goals sooner.

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Gain the Confidence to Lead

Designed for public health practitioners, Walden's online DrPH program prepares you to advance into executive-level roles. You’ll enhance your leadership and critical thinking expertise while exploring 21st-century public health problems from both a domestic and global perspective. Apply current public health knowledge to create effective programs and policies that have a positive, measurable impact on entire populations.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online Doctor of Public Health program, you will be prepared to:

  • Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in the application and evaluation of population-based public health strategies.
  • Evaluate approaches to inform and influence public health interventions and strategies.
  • Apply research methods in the investigation of public health problems.
  • Critically evaluate evidence-based research, theories, and models used in public health.
  • Apply systems-thinking skills and strategies for the promotion of public health policy and advocacy.
  • Apply evidence-based research and practices to promote positive social change.
  • Examine the application of economic theories in relation to public health systems across diverse community settings.
  • Apply community health assessment techniques to identify, prioritize, and formulate solutions to community public health problems.
  • Apply ethical principles in public health practice.
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Become a Change Leader in Public Health

Imagine the feeling when someone addresses you as “Dr.” for the first time. With Walden’s DrPH program, you can earn a distinctive credential that puts you in an elite group of public health leaders and innovators. We’re here to support your success. Get started today and find out how Walden can help you achieve your career goals.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a Doctor of Public Health?

The nation is shifting its healthcare focus from sick care to wellness, prevention, and chronic disease management. As a result, there is a growing need for qualified public health leaders to manage complex agencies, institutions, and community organizations.

Whether you’re seeking a promotion at your current organization or looking for new opportunities, earning a doctorate can open doors you never imagined. Go further in your career and attain a new level of credibility, respect, and influence with Walden’s online DrPH program.

What Can I Do With a DrPH?

A Doctor of Public Health program can help prepare you to work as a leader or administrator in a variety of practice-based settings within the public, private, or academic sector. Career options include:

  • Health department director
  • Public health information officer
  • Health policy advisor
  • Public health consultant
  • Health officer
  • Public health program director
  • Community health manager/director
  • Public health professor

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

FAQ About Walden’s Online Doctor of Public Health Program

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.

Note on Accreditation
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its September 6, 2019 meeting to accredit the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at Walden University for a five-year term, based on an application for accreditation submitted on February 3, 2018. On June 5, 2020, the CEPH Board of Councilors accredited the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at Walden University, after reviewing an accreditation application submitted on April 21, 2020. Based on CEPH procedures and the documentation submitted, the effective accreditation date of both of these program is February 3, 2018. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and programs of public health. CEPH accreditation provides assurance that the program has been evaluated and met accepted public health profession standards in practice, research, and service. For a copy of the final self-study document and/or final accreditation report, please contact the School of Health Sciences Dean (adchshealth @mail.waldenu.edu)

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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