Public Health Policy

You can learn to design, implement, manage, and influence public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Explore how data is used to form policy recommendations and to draft legislation that promotes the equal distribution of health resources and reductions in health risks. Through the Public Health Policy specialization, you will examine microeconomic and macroeconomic models, the influence of public finance on policy decisions, and the tools and techniques used to evaluate the impact of social programs.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 106–108 quarter credits
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Research Core (25 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

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.

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.

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.

Foundation Course

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

Research Core

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.)
Course Code HLTH 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Foundation Core

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8051 Course Contemporary Topics in the U.S. Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8201 Course Principles of Population Health in Healthcare Administration Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8300 Course Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare Administration Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8401 Course Healthcare Financial Management and Economics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8500 Course Human Resources Management and Organizational Development and Leadership for Healthcare Administrators Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8800 Course Marketing Management and Business Communication Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8127 Course Public Health Policy, Politics and Progress Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8451 Course Public Policy Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8431 Course Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8475 Course Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

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

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 9001 Course Health Services Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)
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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