Behavioral Health

A PhD in Health Education and Promotion with a focus on Behavioral Health can help you better understand and address the many factors and influences on health and well being. You will investigate the motivation, psychology and theory behind health and health related behaviors of diverse populations.

Track I is designed for students with an MS in Health Education and Promotion.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assignment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Walden students have up to 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.

Please refer to Walden’s catalog for more information about degree requirements.

This represents the minimum credit requirement for program completion. The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000* Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8003 Course Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8205 Course Assessing Community Needs for Health Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8050 Course Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8412 Course Health Education and Communication Strategies Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8207 Course Grant Writing Credits (5 cr.)

Research

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Focus Area Courses

Select three (3) courses from the following:

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8203 Course Attitudes/Attitude Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8241 Course Human Motivation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8242 Course Changing Health Behavior: Theory and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8247 Course Social Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8701 Course Cultural Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8745 Course Health Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8825 Course Psychology of Gender Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8361 Course Human Sexuality Credits (5 cr.)

Dissertation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 9101* Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*Students are continuously enrolled in HLTH 9101 for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their capstone project with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral 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.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
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.

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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