2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) 
    
    Jun 26, 2022  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (March 2020) [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)


Minimum 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.

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (57 cr.)
  • Research courses (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Capstone writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    0 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.
   1 cr.
3    5 cr.
   1 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into PUBH 8048.  
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
7    5 cr.
   2 cr.
   1 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8048 AND prior to PUBH 9100.  
8+  * Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of three terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral study course shell.

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 doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the Doctoral Study Guidebook.

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


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundations course (5 cr.)
  • Core courses (78 cr.)
  • Research courses (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Capstone writing courses (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 fact-to-face after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into PUBH 8048.
  • Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8246 and prior to PUBH 9100 - Research Forum.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    0 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   1 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
6    5 cr.
   1 cr.
   5 cr.
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into PUBH 8048.  
8    5 cr.
   1 cr.
9    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
10    5 cr.
   2 cr.
   1 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face after PUBH 8048440 AND prior to PUBH 9100.  
11+   Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 3 terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of three terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the doctoral study course shell.

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 doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process in the Doctoral Study Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

Accreditation


The MPH  program at Walden University received Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation in September 2019. The DrPH program at Walden University received CEPH accreditation in June 2020. CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and programs of public health. CEPH accreditation provides assurance that the program has been evaluated and met accepted public health profession standards in practice, research, and service. For a copy of the final self-study document and/or final accreditation report, please contact the School of Health Sciences Dean (adchshealth@mail.waldenu.edu).

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements in the student handbook). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.