2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (June 2014) 
    
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2013-2014 Walden University Catalog (June 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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.
     

Degree Requirements—Track I


Track I

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

Track I: 65 total quarter credit hours

  • Foundations Course (2 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (8 cr.)
  • Capstone (10 cr.)
     

Track II


For students who have a master’s degree in an academic discipline other than public health.

Degree Requirements—Track II


Track II: 91 total quarter credit hours

  • Foundations Course (2 cr.)
  • MPH Foundational Courses (26 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (8 cr.)
  • Capstone (10 cr.)
  • Two residencies equal to a minimum of 8 days

Course Sequence—Track II


Quarter Course Credits
 1
 
   2 cr.
   5 cr.
 2
 
   1 cr.
   5 cr.
 3
 
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
 4
 
   5 cr.
   5 cr.
 
 
 
 5
   5 cr.
   4 cr.
   5 cr.
     
     
     
    4 cr.
    5 cr.
     5 cr.
     5 cr.
 
 
 
7
   5 cr.
 
   5 cr.
 
 
 
8
   5 cr.
   
9    5 cr.
10    5 cr.