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

PhD in Public Health

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“My Walden experience has transformed my vision of public health practice, helped me to redefine my role as a public health practitioner, and rekindled a sense of pride in my profession.”

Stephen Mucheke, PhD in Public Health Student

In the PhD in Public Health program focuses on seeking solutions to significant public health problems by applying and integrating knowledge into public health practice and research. Through the program, the development and demonstration of research and analytical skills are fostered to prepare students for careers in academia or in public and private organizations and institutions. Students may elect to specialize in either Community Health Education or Epidemiology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize critical-thinking and assessment skills in order to analyze barriers, assess needs, and advance the knowledge and practice of public health.
  2. Evaluate and apply population-based theories and strategies used in the prevention of disease and disability.
  3. Lead and inform professional communication, marketing, and public relations on key issues in public health.
  4. Apply fiscal and organizational tenets to public health program leadership.
  5. Demonstrate advanced competency in health informatics and surveillance techniques used in public health programs.
  6. Apply public health research to promote positive social change concerning the health of diverse populations.


Degree Requirements

  • Number of credits depends on specialization
    • Track 1: 84–85 total quarter credit hours
    • Track 2: 115–116 total quarter credit hours
  • Introductory Course (3 cr.)
  • Foundation courses (31 cr., Track 2 only)
  • Core courses
    • Community Health Education: 42 cr.
    • Epidemiology: 38 cr.
  • Specialization courses
    • Community Health Education: 19 cr.
    • Epidemiology: 23 cr.
  • Research proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 10 quarters’ enrollment
  • Four residencies equal to a minimum of 16 residency units


The PhD program has two tracks, providing different levels of foundational knowledge based on the students’ studies prior to entering the program. All students complete the same core and specialization curriculum.

  • Track 1: Students who enter the program with a master’s degree in public health complete PUBH 8003 - Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health followed by the program’s core and specialization courses.
  • Track 2: Students who enter the program with a bachelor’s degree or with a graduate degree that is not in public health complete a set of foundational courses in the core competencies and practice of public health before they move on to the sequence of courses described for Track 2, followed by the core and specialization courses.

Program Data

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