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

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


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The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree prepares public health practitioners to assume positions of leadership and influence in practice-based settings. In this professional doctoral degree program, students explore public health challenges from both a domestic and global standpoint and how evidence-based research can be applied to advance public health goals. Through their coursework, students examine topics such as ethics, budgeting, critical analysis, and supervision, with an overarching emphasis on enhancing practical skills. Students in this multidisciplinary program have the opportunity to collaborate on assignments with students from other Walden College of Health Sciences programs.

Learning Outcomes


As a graduate of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in the application and evaluation of population-based public health strategies.
  2. Evaluate approaches to inform and influence public health interventions and strategies.
  3. Apply research methods in the investigation of public health problems.
  4. Critically evaluate evidence-based research, theories, and models used in public health.
  5. Apply systems-thinking skills and strategies for the promotion of public health policy and advocacy.
  6. Apply evidence-based research and practices to promote positive social change.
  7. Examine the application of economic theories in relation to public health systems across diverse community settings.
  8. Apply community health assessment techniques to identify, prioritize, and formulate solutions to community public health problems.
  9. Apply ethical principles in public health practice.

Track 1 (For students who hold a Master of Public Health degree)


Degree Requirements


For students who hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, Track I allows them to forgo foundational public health courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (45 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral Capstone Course*
  • Two face-to-face residencies

*If students do not complete their doctoral study in four terms, they will have the opportunity to continue registration in PUBH 9100 until its completion.

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.

 
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.  
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7+     5 cr.
 * 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Track 2 (For students who have a master’s degree in an academic discipline other than public health)


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (71 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral Capstone course*
  • Two face-to-face residencies

*If students do not complete their doctoral study in four terms, they will have the opportunity to continue registration in PUBH 9100 until its completion.

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into PUBH 8246.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 AND prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.  
8    5 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
   5 cr.
10+    5 cr.
 * 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the Doctor of Public Health 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. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a MPH degree or (2) hold a master’s degree in an area other than public health.

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