2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Dec 06, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

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 Professions 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 (62 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 residencies

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    0 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into RSCH 8210 or PUBH 8048.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
3    5 cr.
   1 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of RSCH 8210 or PUBH 8048 and prior to PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone.  
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
7    5 cr.
   2 cr.
   1 cr.
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 residencies

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110 or PUBH 8048.
  • Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of RSCH 8110 or PUBH 8048 and prior to PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence


Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    0 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 after successful completion of PUBH 8004; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110 or PUBH 8048.  
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.
8    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of RSCH 8110 or PUBH 8048 and prior to PUBH 9100 - Public Health Capstone.  
   1 cr.
9    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
10    5 cr.
   2 cr.
   1 cr.
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.

Note on Accreditation


The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors acted at its September 6, 2019, meeting to accredit the Master of Public Health (MPH)  Program at Walden University for a five-year term, based on an application for accreditation submitted on February 3, 2018. On June 5, 2020, the CEPH Board of Councilors accredited the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at Walden University, after reviewing an accreditation application submitted on April 21, 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 dean of the School of Health Sciences (adchshealth@mail.waldenu.edu).

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. As the eligibility criteria may change periodically, students should visit https://www.nbphe.org/eligibility for more information about certification in public health. It is the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification or practice as a public health professional in the state where they intend to practice.

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.

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