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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

PhD in Health Education and Promotion


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In recent years, public, professional, governmental, and medical groups have increasingly come to recognize the need for more health and wellness promotion initiatives, as the majority of adults do not meet the minimum recommendations to eat healthfully, exercise more, and make behavioral changes that can reduce disease and prolong their lives. With the focus of healthcare shifting toward preventive care and education, the demand for qualified health educators is projected to rise 21% by 2020.* Now is the time for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs and services. With an online PhD in Health Education and Promotion degree, students can help groups and individuals lead healthier lifestyles or conduct research in an area that will help make the world a healthier place.

As one of a small number of online doctoral programs that is fully dedicated to this topic, Walden’s health education and promotion degree program explores both individual and population health, focusing on health behavior theory and techniques for changing behaviors. Using the latest technology, students will review case studies that touch on current trends and research and explore best practices from a global perspective.

Learning Outcomes


At the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the factors that impact individual and population health.
  2. Synthesize assessment results to identify and prioritize health problems.
  3. Engage in collaborative planning of health interventions.
  4. Apply knowledge that results in successful implementation and monitoring of health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  6. Conduct original health education-related research.
  7. Demonstrate ethical behavior as a health education scholar-practitioner.
  8. Facilitate efforts among stakeholders to achieve common goals related to individual and community health.
  9. Apply health education principles, theories, and models to create professional communication and establish positive public relations.
  10. Use evidence-based research to advocate for policies and programs that promote positive social change related to the health of individuals and communities.

Focus Areas


Students must select three focus area courses from one of the following focus areas to complete during the course of the program.

Degree Requirements


Track 1 (prior MS in Health Education and Promotion degree)


  • 83 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. [minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*
  • Four residencies

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Track 2 (prior MPH degree)


  • 98 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. [minimum requirement)–120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*
  • Four residencies

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Track 3 (other master's degree)


  • 113 quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. [minimum requirement]–120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*
  • Four residencies

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.
  • Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Course Sequences


Track 1


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

HLTH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health♦  

3 cr.

HLTH 8129 - Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders♦  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing HLTH 8003.

 

2

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

HLTH 8050 - Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention♦  

5 cr.

3

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.

 

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

4

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

HLTH 8412 - Health Education and Communication Strategies  

5 cr.

5

HLTH 8207 - Grant Writing  

5 cr.

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

6

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

 

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.

 

7–10+

RSCH 8261 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8351 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8451 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

 

5 cr.

Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:

  • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
 

HLTH 9101 - Dissertation *

 

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

 

Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

 

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.  

Track 2


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

HLTH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health♦  

3 cr.

HLTH 8110 - Exploring Health Education in the 21st Century  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing HLTH 8003.

 

2

HLTH 8205 - Assessing Community Needs for Health Education  

5 cr.

HLTH 8030 - Socioecological Perspectives on Health  

5 cr.

3

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.

 

HLTH 8050 - Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention♦  

5 cr.

4

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

5

 

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

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

 

5 cr.

6

HLTH 8207 - Grant Writing  

5 cr.

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.

 

7

HLTH 8412 - Health Education and Communication Strategies  

5 cr.

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

8

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

RSCH 8250 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:

  • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
 

9–12+

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

HLTH 9101 - Dissertation *

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*

 

Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

 

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Track 3


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

HLTH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health♦  

3 cr.

HLTH 8110 - Exploring Health Education in the 21st Century  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing HLTH 8003.

 

2

HLTH 8205 - Assessing Community Needs for Health Education  

5 cr.

HLTH 8030 - Socioecological Perspectives on Health  

5 cr.

3

HLTH 8475 - Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation  

5 cr.

HLTH 8050 - Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention♦  

5 cr.

4

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.

 

HLTH 8412 - Health Education and Communication Strategies  

5 cr.

5

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

6

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

HLTH 8240 - Public Health Policy and Advocacy  

5 cr.

7

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

 

5 cr.

HLTH 8031 - Public Health Administration and Leadership♦ 

 

5 cr.

8

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

HLTH 8207 - Grant Writing  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.

 

9

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for Dissertation  

5 cr.

Focus Area Course

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:

  • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
 

10–13+

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

HLTH 9101 - Dissertation *

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)

 

Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

 

*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.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

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.

Note on Certification


The PhD in Health Education and Promotion has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES and MCHES exams, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

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 PhD in Health Education and Promotion 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 MS in Health Education and Promotion or (2) hold an MPH, or (3) hold a master’s degree in an area other than public health.

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