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Gain the expertise and leadership skills you need to impact public health.

Lead 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.

sought-after competencies

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.

respected scholars and practitioners

Learn from respected scholars and practitioners in the public health field.

diverse, interdisciplinary learning environment

Take classes alongside students from other programs in our College of Health Professions. Exchange ideas and learn from professionals across the entire healthcare delivery system.


In your final capstone project, you’ll build hands-on experience by using your enhanced knowledge to address a pressing problem in your field.


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.


granter of doctoral research degrees

Learn from the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1 Walden has been serving the needs of doctoral learners at a distance for 50 years.


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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a Master of Public Health (MPH). It allows the student to forgo foundational public health courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you have a master’s degree in a discipline other than public health.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university and meet the general admission requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

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.

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.


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