International Practice

The International Practice specialization focuses on management and leadership in a global environment, understanding cultural differences, and international health and behavioral health issues. In addition, You will also be prepared with entrepreneurship and advocacy skills to promote positive social change in behavioral healthcare settings.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core Courses (40 cr.)
  • Research Courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral capstone support courses (5 cr.)
    • Doctoral capstone writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Residencies
    • Consulting Skills Intensive retreat (Residency 1, face-to-face)
    • Doctoral Project Development (Residency 2, virtual)

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 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 1-866-492-5336.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8880G Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PBHL 8002 Course Foundations of Graduate Study Credits (3 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PBHL 8012 Course Behavioral Health Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8214 Course Consulting for Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8200 Course Behavioral Health Social Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8600 Course Governance, Law, and Policy for Healthcare Leaders or Behavioral Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8755 Course Leadership and Leader Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8300 Course Healthcare Financial Management and Economics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8465 Course Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8315
or
PBHL 8207
Course Program Evaluation

Grant Writing
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PBHL 8540 Course Strategic Planning, Management, and Leadership in a Global Context Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8330 Course Holding Up the Mirror: Understanding Different Cultures and Increasing Global Consciousness Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PBHL 8320 Course International Health and Mental Health Issues Credits (5 cr.)

Research Courses

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.)

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone

Dissertation Preparation Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PBHL 8900 Course Doctoral Research Project Lab Credits (5 cr.)

Dissertation Writing Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code PBHL 9001* Course BHL Doctoral Study 1 Credits (5 cr. per term until completion)
Course Code PBHL 9002* Course BHL Doctoral Study 2 Credits (5 cr. per term until completion)
Course Code PBHL 9003* Course BHL Doctoral Study 3 Credits (5 cr. per term until completion)
Course Code PBHL 9004* Course BHL Doctoral Study 4 Credits (5 cr. per term until completion)

*Students are continuously enrolled in PBHL 9001, 9002, 9003, and 9004 for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion of their doctoral capstone with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

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.

Note on Licensure: The PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe
Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements. See the policy in the Walden University Student Handbook. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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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