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

Public Health Policy - PhD in Health Services

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The Public Health Policy specialization prepares students to design, implement, manage, and influence public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Students will explore how scientific data can be used in the formulation of policy recommendations and the drafting of legislation and ordinances that promote the equitable distribution of health resources and the reduction of health risk, with consideration given to the factors that influence and improve the health outcomes of individuals as well as populations. Microeconomic and macroeconomic models and the influence of public finance on policy choices will be examined, as will the tools and techniques used by policy makers and analysts to evaluate the impact of social programs. Throughout the course of their dissertation, students will be supported by scholar-practitioner faculty as they pursue individual research in an interest area of public health policy.

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.
  7. Design, implement, and evaluate public health policy.