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

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.

Focus Areas


Students must select three focus area courses from one of the following focus areas to complete during the course of the program.

Minimum Degree Requirements


Track I (prior MS in Health Education and Promotion degree or related health education and promotion degree)


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four PhD residencies

Track II (prior MPH degree)


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four PhD residencies

Track III


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Focus area courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • Four PhD residencies

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 Term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.
  • Complete Residency 2 between Terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.
  • Complete Residency 3 between Terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9101.
  • Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as
    • residency (RESI 8404); OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability); OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensives are not included in Fast Track tuition.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

Course Sequences


Track I


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1 in Term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.  
2    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 between Terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.  
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
6    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
  Complete Residency 3 between Terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9101.  
7+   OR   OR    5 cr.

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as

  • residency (RESI 8404); OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability); OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensives are not included in Fast Track tuition.
 
  Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion
  Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  

* Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. 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.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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 II


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1 in Term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 between Terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.  
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
  Complete Residency 3 between Terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9101.  
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8 Focus Area Course 5 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
 

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as

  • residency (RESI 8404); OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensive retreats are not included in Fast Track tuition.
 
9+   Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion
  Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  

* Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. 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.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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 III


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1 in Term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 between Terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.  
5    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 3 between Terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9101.  
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8 Focus Area Course 5 cr.
   5 cr.
9    5 cr.
Focus Area Course 5 cr.
 

Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as

  • residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensive retreats are not included in Fast Track tuition.
 
10+   OR   OR    5 cr.
  Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion
  Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  

* Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. 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.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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.

Master of Philosophy (Embedded Degree)


Walden awards the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree to recognize PhD students for academic achievement leading up to their dissertation. With an MPhil, students will be able to demonstrate to employers and others that they have an advanced knowledge base in their field of study as well as proficiency in research design and evaluation.

  • Students are eligible to apply for this credential while continuing their PhD program once they have completed:
    • All required PhD core courses (or KAMs)
    • All required PhD specialization courses (or KAMs)
    • All required doctoral research and advanced research courses
    • Program prospectus development course
    • Residencies 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is mandatory.
  • The MPhil requires a minimum of 45 quarter credits. Maximum transfer of credit varies by program but is not to exceed 50% of the overall, or embedded, program requirements.

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.

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.

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 specialists 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 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 CHES and MCHES exams, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

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