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A Doctor of Public Health degree can help you advance into a leadership or administrative role and make a greater impact in your field.
Track I is a program of study for students who 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.
If you have a master’s degree in an unrelated discipline, see Track II.
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/doctoral study, 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/doctoral study 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.
|Course Code||PUBH 8003||Course||Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health||Credits||(3 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8050||Course||Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8130||Course||Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||RSCH 8110||Course||Research Theory, Design, and Methods||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8240||Course||Public Health Policy and Advocacy||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||PUBH 8246||Course||Advanced Application of Practice-Based Research in Public Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8315||Course||Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8545||Course||Advanced Analysis of Community Health Data and Surveillance in Public Health||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8440||Course||Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8475||Course||Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 8900||Course||Research Forum||Credits||(0 cr.)|
|Course Code||PUBH 9100||Course||Public Health Capstone||Credits||(5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)|
Students in this course are introduced to Walden University and the requirements for successfully participating in an online curriculum, and provided with a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and social change agent. The focus of course assignments is on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the integration of professional practice with professional and academic excellence as they relate to practice in public health.
An in-depth review of how population-based strategies are used in the prevention of disease and disability is provided to students in this course. Students explore the topics of population health and disease prevention from the perspective of understanding the determinants of health. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, students examine how economics, social factors, health policy, urbanization, globalization, the environment, and other factors influence disease. Students consider how research in disease prevention, health determinants, and population health applies to public and community health efforts.
An overview of marketing and public relations principles as they relate to public health, highlighting theoretical concepts that are commonly used in health communications research, is provided to students in this course. Topics include using social marketing techniques, promoting health literacy, developing community partnerships, and creating culturally sensitive and appropriate promotional materials. Students focus on using social media to identify and advance public health interests and ethical principles. Through case studies, students examine how they can use marketing practices to translate health research into social action and behavioral change.
In this research course, students are provided with core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the graduate level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the role of theory, and research processes. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research designs and data collection methods are introduced. The alignment of research components is emphasized. Students also explore ethical and social change implications of designing and conducting research. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing an annotated bibliography.
In this course, students examine the role of federal, state, and local government in the assurance of public health through health policy and law. Consideration is given to contemporary policy, law and regulatory issues arising in public health practice, as well as to the economics and financing of public health programs. The advocacy, political, and creative process in the formulation, implementation, and modification of health policy are examined and discussed. Students also learn how to structure and write a health policy analysis.
In this research course, students are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for designing and carrying out quantitative research at the doctoral level, including the application of statistical concepts and techniques. Students explore classical common statistical tests, the importance of the logic of inference, and social change implications of conducting quantitative research and producing knowledge. Students approach statistics from a problem-solving perspective with emphasis on selecting appropriate statistical tests for a research design. Students use statistical software to derive statistics from quantitative data and interpret and present results. (Prerequisites: RSCH 8110 or RSCH 7110 or RSCH 6110.)
In this course, students explore leadership models and theories, the core principles of public health leadership, and the application of systems thinking to public health. They examine how to create strategies and solutions that efficiently utilize public health and healthcare resources. Students also discuss descriptive and prescriptive systems, focusing on the application of these processes to current public health issues and challenges at the organizational and community levels.
The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of theories, principles, strategies, and alternative methods of applied research (quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed-method designs) in public health focusing on culturally sensitive, appropriate literacy level and appropriate community engagement through participatory action research and collaborative inquiry of community-based participatory research, an appreciation of advantages and limitations of this approach, and skills necessary for participating effectively in CBPR projects. RSCH 8101, RSCH 8201.)
In this course, students investigate the provision of resources for the delivery of public health services and the application of economic theories to health policy issues. Students explore how organizational characteristics interact with economic forces to produce systems performance outcomes, as well as how fiscal policy can influence the performance of public health systems. Students analyze grant-writing strategies and the advantages and disadvantages of various financing options. Other topics include methods of economic evaluation and their usefulness in determining appropriate financing mechanisms for public health systems.
In this course, students cover the application of community health assessment, secondary data analysis, and the use of health informatics and surveillance for program planning. Students learn to identify and prioritize problems, then assess and utilize community resources to address these problems. Topics include measuring selected determinants of community health status and health services use, classifying community assets, identifying data sources, simple and complex sampling designs and applying certain methods to maximize community participation incorporating the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research designs. Students will develop an understanding of statistical and epidemiological methodology to utilize secondary data to synthesize the results of a community health assessment and limitations to create a community diagnosis that serves as the basis for program planning and research design. RSCH 8101, RSCH 8201.)
Students in this course take a comprehensive look at public health and behavior change theories that apply to community health education. Students review and assess predominant social and behavioral principles at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels. Students discuss examples of how others have harnessed social marketing and communication technology to effect positive health behavior change in individuals and communities. Students learn to apply theories to public health research and practice. PUBH 8450
Competency in program design, implementation, and evaluation is promoted in this course. Students have an overview of public health program planning and development, as well as needs and assets assessment. They focus on the methods required to implement programs and evaluate their efficacy. Students discuss the administration and coordination of public health program interventions and activities, and they explore the variety of methods used to facilitate public health research. PUBH 8440.)
The purpose of this forum is to assist students with making steady progress toward earning a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree. In this course, doctoral students have the opportunity to integrate their Program of Study and demonstrate knowledge of an in-depth exploration of a public health practice, issue, or problem. Students will engage in regular scholarly discussions with a faculty chair and fellow doctoral students, submit Quarterly Plans, and progress toward completion of the DrPH degree. Information and resources related to the doctoral study, residencies, research and writing, and doctoral program expectations are provided for guidance.
In this capstone course, doctoral students have the opportunity to integrate their Program of Study and demonstrate their knowledge in an in-depth exploration of a public health practice issue or problem. Students complete an applied practice-based project independently, with the guidance of a capstone supervisory committee chair and committee members, in a learning platform classroom in which weekly participation is required. Students complete a prospectus, proposal, Institutional Review Board application, and they carry out and analyze a research protocol and project.Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.To complete a 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. All other courses in the Doctor of Public Health program.)
*PUBH 8900, Research Forum Companion (0 credits), is taken concurrently with this course PUBH 8475.The companion course serves as a platform for the ongoing collaborative learning communication between students and their doctoral study chairs and as a repository for drafts and documentation materials related to the doctoral study. Students will be assigned to sections of PUBH 8900 based on their doctoral study chair. There is no cost for the course.
**PUBH 9100 must be successfully completed at least four times for 20 credits.
|Course Code||DRWA 8000||Course||Doctoral Writing Assessment||Credits||(0 cr.)|
This course is part of Walden's commitment to help prepare students to meet the university's expectations for writing in courses at the doctoral level. In this course, students write a short academic essay that will be scored by a team of writing assessors. Based on the essay score, students will be guided toward any further recommended or required writing support needed to meet writing proficiency standards. This required course is free. Students will be enrolled automatically in it after they complete their first term of their doctoral program.