Gain distinction in your field and take a lead role in promoting healthier, safer communities with Walden’s online Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program, one of the few offered online.

Why earn your DrPH from Walden?

The online DrPH joins Walden’s BS in Public Health, Master of Public Health (MPH), and PhD in Public Health to form one of the largest online suites of public health programs available today. Designed for public health practitioners, this professional degree program can prepare you to advance into a leadership or administrative role and make a greater impact in your field.

Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program delivers an unparalleled learning experience through an interactive online classroom, in-person academic residencies, and a multidisciplinary format that enables you to collaborate with students from other programs in Walden’s College of Health Sciences. You can enhance your leadership and critical-thinking expertise while gaining insight into 21st-century public health challenges from both a domestic and global perspective.

You will focus on the practical application of public health principles and integration of knowledge in the areas of communication, marketing, public policy and advocacy, economics, analysis of community health data and surveillance systems, behavior change theories, and program implementation and evaluation. As a student, you will also integrate and apply research methods in community-based practice settings to improve the health of your community.

Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn from respected scholars and practitioners in the field of public health.
  • Collaborate with students from other programs in Walden’s College of Health Sciences in a diverse, shared learning environment.
  • Combine online learning and in-person academic residencies to enhance your abilities as a scholar-practitioner.
  • Complete a capstone project that allows you to apply what you've learned to address a real problem in your field.

Learning Outcomes

Our online Doctor of Public Health program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in the application and evaluation of population-based public health strategies.
  2. Evaluate approaches to inform and influence public health interventions and strategies.
  3. Apply research methods in the investigation of public health problems.
  4. Critically evaluate evidence-based research, theories, and models used in public health.
  5. Apply systems-thinking skills and strategies for the promotion of public health policy and advocacy.
  6. Apply evidence-based research and practices to promote positive social change.
  7. Examine the application of economic theories in relation to public health systems across diverse community settings.
  8. Apply community health assessment techniques to identify, prioritize, and formulate solutions to community public health problems.
  9. Apply ethical principles in public health practice.

Career Impact

As the nation shifts its healthcare focus toward wellness and preventive care and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, there is a growing need for qualified public health leaders to manage complex agencies, institutions, and community organizations.

Whether your background is in science or business, Walden’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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 may include:

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

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 Doctor of Public Health credits and coursework if you have completed your Master of Public Health. Reducing required credits in your program will make your education more affordable.
  • You can also complete your required Doctor of Public Health coursework sooner by transferring your applicable credits.

Earn Your DrPH While Balancing Priorities

At Walden we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services  designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.



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

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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