Epidemiology

Infectious and chronic diseases can devastate entire communities. The Epidemiology specialization broadens your understanding of how these diseases affect populations and explores strategies for maintaining the health of communities. Study how the prevalence of chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes can stress communities and learn to create education programs that can help prevent the spread of chronic disease. As part of your coursework, you will conduct an epidemiological field study that includes original research.

Track I is designed for students with a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an MS in Public Health.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 88 quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (3 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (25 cr.)
    • Research proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of 40 graduate-level credits into the program.

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.

Courses

Course Code Course Credits
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 RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8270 Course Health Informatics and Surveillance Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260 Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8315 Course Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8500 Course Advanced Biostatistics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8520 Course Advanced Epidemiology Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8540 Course Epidemiology Topics Seminar Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 8560 Course Advanced Analysis of Secondary Data Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PUBH 9001 Course Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

*PUBH 9001 must be successfully completed at least four times for 20 credits.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

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