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

PhD in Health Education and Promotion


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In recent years, public, professional, governmental, and medical groups have increasingly come to recognize the need for more health and wellness promotion initiatives, as the majority of adults do not meet the minimum recommendations to eat healthfully, exercise more, and make behavioral changes that can reduce disease and prolong their lives. With the focus of healthcare shifting toward preventive care and education, the demand for qualified health educators is projected to rise 21% by 2020.* Now is the time for students to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs and services. With an online PhD in Health Education and Promotion degree, students can help groups and individuals lead healthier lifestyles or conduct research in an area that will help make the world a healthier place.

As one of a small number of online doctoral programs that is fully dedicated to this topic, Walden’s health education and promotion degree program explores both individual and population health, focusing on health behavior theory and techniques for changing behaviors. Using the latest technology, students will review case studies that touch on current trends and research and explore best practices from a global perspective.

Learning Outcomes


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

  1. Evaluate the factors that impact individual and population health.
  2. Synthesize assessment results to identify and prioritize health problems.
  3. Engage in collaborative planning of health interventions.
  4. Apply knowledge that results in successful implementation and monitoring of health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  6. Conduct original health education-related research.
  7. Demonstrate ethical behavior as a health education scholar-practitioner.
  8. Facilitate efforts among stakeholders to achieve common goals related to individual and community health.
  9. Apply health education principles, theories, and models to create professional communication and establish positive public relations.
  10. Use evidence-based research to advocate for policies and programs that promote positive social change related to the health of individuals and communities.

Degree Requirements–Track 1 (prior MS in Health Education and Promotion degree)


79 total quarter credits

  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (16 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Four residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

 

Track 2 (prior MPH degree)


94 total quarter credits

  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (16 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Four residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

 

Track 3 (other master’s degree)


109 total quarter credits

  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Research courses (16 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Four residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

 

 

Note on Certification


The PhD in Health Education and Promotion has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exams. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES and MCHES exams, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

Program Data


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