2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Health Services


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Rhodora B. Cruz, PhD in Health Services Student

The PhD in Health Services program examines healthcare delivery and healthcare systems in the US and internationally. Students are trained by scholar-practitioners to identify problems and solutions based on social science theories and models as well as a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in health services and management. The program of study places an emphasis on healthcare practice and applied research. The program prepares students for careers in which doctoral-level education is desired, such as academia, research, government, and private sector positions within healthcare organizations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  2. Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  3. Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  4. Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
  5. Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
  6. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.

Degree Requirements

  • 102–104 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Research courses (21 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Electives (8–10 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 10 quarters’ enrollment 
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days


Foundation Course (3 cr.)

Research Courses (21 cr.)

Foundation Research Courses (12 cr.)

Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8101X must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8201X and RSCH 8301X must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)

All PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements. One of the following three courses is required:

PhD in Health Services for MHA Graduates

Students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree now have the opportunity to complete Walden’s PhD in Health Services in less time. The special program of study recognizes the academic progress previously achieved with an MHA degree and waives 30 credits of foundation courses and one elective course required for the PhD in Health Services, significantly reducing the time and money needed to complete the doctoral degree.

The program is available to current students and alumni of the Walden MHA program, as well as to students who hold an MHA degree from another accredited university.

Degree Requirements for Students Who Hold an MHA Degree

  • 66–67 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Research courses (21 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Electives (4–5 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 10 quarters’ enrollment
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Program Data

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