2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
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2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Health (MPH)

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“I have referred and will continue to refer students to Walden. The curriculum is competitive and Walden employs compassionate faculty and staff who have a genuine interest in helping students achieve.” 

Krystal Kirkland, Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduate and PhD in Public Health Student

Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to provide public health practitioners with the specialized skills and core competencies required to improve health and prevent disease among individuals, communities, and populations. Students gain a solid foundation in core public health disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs and initiatives with a special focus on reducing disparities in health and serving underserved populations or communities. Students also receive additional instruction in widely used analytical tools, explore current issues in public health financing, and hone their leadership and communication skills.

Consistent with our commitment to continuous quality improvement, Walden redesigned the MPH curriculum to incorporate case studies on the latest public health issues, improve the student’s field and classroom experience, and reflect professional guidelines set forth by leading public health organizations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Utilize culturally appropriate communication skills to convey prevention and intervention strategies used to improve health outcomes among diverse local and global populations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how research methods, biostatistical data and software, and the epidemiological approach impact the study of patterns of disease, disability, and injury.
  3. Evaluate biological, environmental, legal, and regulatory factors that affect the health of local and global communities.
  4. Evaluate the major social, behavioral, and cultural factors that affect the health of local and global populations.
  5. Appropriately access, interpret, and evaluate public health data that are available through the use of information technology.
  6. Analyze essential services, systems, public policies, and associated challenges that impact the health of local and global communities.
  7. Demonstrate skills needed for sound leadership and decision making in public health, including applications of ethics and professionalism.
  8. Apply health management and systems thinking to public health agencies, programs, policies, and issues.
  9. Apply the principles of program design, implementation, and evaluation to improve the health of local and global populations.
  10. Exhibit a commitment to professional and ethically responsible public health research and practice.

Degree Requirements

  • 64 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)

Students must receive a B or better in PUBH 6005 in order to continue with the MPH program.

  • Core courses (51 cr.)
  • Practicum (8 cr.)
  • ePortfolio


Note on Certification

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) offers the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential as a voluntary core credential for public health professionals. However, in order to sit for the CPH exam, a student must have graduated from a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited school or program of public health. While Walden’s MPH program is an applicant for CEPH accreditation, the program is not yet accredited and Walden MPH graduates may not currently sit for the CPH exam. Students should evaluate all requirements related to national credentialing agencies and exams for the state in which he or she resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. 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 CPH credential, students should visit http://www.nbphe.org/

Program Data

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Master of Public Health (MPH) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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