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Walden is No. 1 in public health doctoral graduates in the U.S.1

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.

Why Complete Your DrPH Program Online With Walden?

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.

CAPSTONE PROJECT

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

respected scholars and practitioners

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

Saving TIME AND MONEY

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.

PROGRAM SAVINGS

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Program Details

Learning Tracks

We have a path to success for every level in your Public Health career.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

  • Map and Track Milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet Weekly Targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect With Faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access Helpful Resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

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.

Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL AID

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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Program Outcomes

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.

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.


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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Curriculum Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition-Coursework 67 quarter credits  $590 per quarter hour for coursework credits $39,530^
Tuition-Doctoral Study/Project  15–130 quarter credits $590 per quarter hour for doctoral study/project credits $8,850–$76,700*
Technology Fee $160 per quarter $1,600–$5,120*
Residency Fee Two Residencies $1,375 each (virtual)
$1,475 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)                         
$2,750–$2,950
Estimated Range:     2.5-Year 8-Year
 
$52,730
$124,300*+
(assuming completion in a 2.5-year timeframe) (assuming completion in an 8-year timeframe)

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

Based on a 2.5-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-642-0198.

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