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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


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The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree prepares public health practitioners to assume positions of leadership and influence in practice-based settings. In this professional doctoral degree program, students explore public health challenges from both a domestic and global standpoint and how evidence-based research can be applied to advance public health goals. Through their coursework, students examine topics such as ethics, budgeting, critical analysis, and supervision, with an overarching emphasis on enhancing practical skills. Students in this multidisciplinary program have the opportunity to collaborate on assignments with students from other Walden College of Health Sciences programs.

Learning Outcomes


As a graduate of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in the application and evaluation of population-based public health strategies.
  2. Evaluate approaches to inform and influence public health interventions and strategies.
  3. Apply research methods in the investigation of public health problems.
  4. Critically evaluate evidence-based research, theories, and models used in public health.
  5. Apply systems-thinking skills and strategies for the promotion of public health policy and advocacy.
  6. Apply evidence-based research and practices to promote positive social change.
  7. Examine the application of economic theories in relation to public health systems across diverse community settings.
  8. Apply community health assessment techniques to identify, prioritize, and formulate solutions to community public health problems.
  9. Apply ethical principles in public health practice.
     

Track 1 (For students who hold a Master of Public Health degree)


Degree Requirements


For students who hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, Track I allows them to forgo foundational public health courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

  • 78 total quarter credits
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Capstone (20 cr.)*
  • Two face-to-face residencies

*If students do not complete their doctoral study in four terms, they will have the opportunity to continue registration in PUBH 9100 until its completion.

Curriculum


Capstone Course (20 cr.)


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.

Track 2 (For students who have a master's degree in an academic discipline other than public health)


Degree Requirements


  • 104 total quarter credits
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (71 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Capstone (20 cr.)*
  • Two face-to-face residencies

*If students do not complete their doctoral study in four terms, they will have the opportunity to continue registration in PUBH 9100 until its completion.

Curriculum


Capstone Course (20 cr.)


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.

Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

 1

PUBH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health♦  

 3 cr.

PUBH 8030 - Socioecological Perspectives on Health♦  

 5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.

 

 2

PUBH 8032 - SPSS Revealed  

 1 cr.

PUBH 8050 - Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention♦  

 5 cr.

 3

PUBH 8033 - Interpretation and Application of Public Health Data♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8031 - Public Health Administration and Leadership♦  

 5 cr.

 4

PUBH 8035 - Epidemiology: Decoding the Science of Public Health♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8130 - Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders♦  

 5 cr.

 5

PUBH 8034 - Environmental Health: Local to Global♦  

 5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

 5 cr.

6

  

 5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

 5 cr.

7

PUBH 8400 - Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8246 - Advanced Application of Practice-Based Research in Public Health♦  

 5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.

 

8

PUBH 8315 - Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8545 - Advanced Analysis of Community Health Data and Surveillance in Public Health♦  

 5 cr.

9

PUBH 8440 - Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8475 - Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation♦  

 5 cr.

PUBH 8900 - Research Forum  

 0 cr.

10

PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone  

 5 cr.

11

PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone  

 5 cr.

12

PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone  

 5 cr.

13

PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone  

 5 cr.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the Doctor of Public Health program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a MPH degree or (2) hold a master’s degree in an area other than public health.

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