2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Dec 08, 2021  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PBHL 9001 - Doctoral Research Project


(5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion) In this capstone course, doctoral students have the opportunity to integrate their program of study and demonstrate their knowledge in an in-depth exploration of a behavioral health practice issue or problem. Students complete an applied practice-based project independently, with the guidance of a capstone supervisory committee chair and committee members, in a learning platform classroom in which weekly participation is required. Students complete a prospectus, proposal, Institutional Review Board application, and carry out and analyze a research protocol and project. The research project can take one of three forms: (1) a program evaluation plan and analysis for an existing program to which a student has access; (2) a turnkey project developing a solution to a real community need; or (3) an empirical evaluation of integrated behavioral health questions using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dataset.

Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a 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.



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