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

BS in Public Health (Competency Based)

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Tempo Learning® is Walden’s competency-based education modality, an alternative way of earning a Walden degree offered for some Walden programs. Instead of courses, the Walden Tempo Learning® program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the Tempo Learning® model by successfully passing competency assessments. A student must successfully achieve or master all competency assessments to graduate from the program.

Students earn the same Walden degree whether they choose the course-based or the competency-based modality.

Degree Requirements

  • 180 total credits
  • General education  courses (45 cr.)
  • Core competencies (80 cr.)
  • Concentration competencies (0 cr.) or
    • Health Promotion and Wellness concentration (25 cr.)
    • Healthcare Management concentration (25 cr.)
  • Elective courses (50 cr.) or
    • Health Promotion and Wellness concentration (25 cr.)
    • Healthcare Management concentration (25 cr.)
  • Capstone competencies (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (45 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000- or 4000-level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Core Competencies (80 cr.)

    • HD1001 Bills and Laws
      Identify the key points of historical bills and laws in healthcare.
    • HD1002 Healthcare Systems
      Compare aspects of the U.S. healthcare system to other countries.
    • HD1003 Vertical and Horizontal Integrated Systems
      Analyze the benefits and limitations of integrated systems.
    • HD1004 Current Health Issues in the Workplace
      Analyze the impact of current healthcare delivery issues.
    • HD1005 Barriers to Care
      Apply strategies to mitigate barriers of care.
    • HD1006 Continuum of Care
      Develop patient plans throughout the continuum of care.
    • BC2001 Health Disparities
      Demonstrate understanding of health disparities.
    • BC2002 Cultural Competence
      Apply culturally competent practices when working with patients and other healthcare professionals.
    • BC2003 Social Ecological Model
      Apply the social ecological model to community health issues.
    • BC2004 Health Disparity Programs
      Evaluate intervention programs aimed at mitigating health disparities.
    • BC2005 Advocacy
      Advocate for changes to policies or programs that positively impact the health of vulnerable populations.
    • HB2001 Influences on Health Behavior
      Analyze the influences of personal, social, and environmental factors on health.
    • HB2002 Health Behavior Theories and Models
      Describe key concepts associated with health behavior theories and models.
    • HB2003 Changing Health Behaviors
      Analyze theory-based strategies to change health behaviors.
    • HB2004 Applying Health Behavior Theories and Models
      Apply theories and models to the development of strategies that influence health behaviors in specific populations with health issues.
    • EA3001 Ethical Decision-Making Models
      Apply ethical decision-making models.
    • EA3002 Code of Ethics
      Apply codes of ethics to health-related issues.
    • EA3003 Legal Issues
      Apply healthcare-related laws to healthcare settings.
    • EA3004 Good Samaritan Laws
      Synthesize information on Good Samaritan laws.
    • EA3005 Informed Consent
      Apply informed consent criteria.
    • EA3006 End of Life
      Analyze the ethical and legal issues related to completed advanced directives.
    • PG3001 Global Health Trends and Practices
      Identify key influences on global health trends and practices.
    • PG3002 Global Health Populations
      Describe key public health populations and global health factors that affect diverse populations and cultures, as well as women and children.
    • PG3003 Infectious Disease
      Identify and describe infectious diseases and their modes of transmission.
    • PG3004 Chronic Disease
      Identify chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and their impact on global health trends.
    • PG3005 Global Health Organizations and Strategies
      Describe global health agencies, their roles, and the ways in which they support global public health.
    • PG3006 The Future of Global Health
      Recognize emerging trends in global public health as they relate to population growth, new technology, and ethical/legal considerations.
    • PG3007 Apply Principles of Global Public Health
      Recommend strategies to positively affect global public health in an identified population.
    • HM4001 Manager vs. Leader
      Differentiate the characteristics of managers and leaders.
    • HM4002 Emotional Intelligence
      Analyze the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership style.
    • HM4003 Roles and Responsibilities
      Delegate responsibilities within a healthcare management team.
    • HM4004 Leadership Strategies
      Apply leadership strategies to management scenarios.
    • HM4005 Leadership Philosophy
      Develop a personal leadership philosophy reflective of emotional intelligence and leadership style.
    • PE4001 Descriptive Epidemiology
      Analyze the epidemiologic factors of disease related to person, place, and time.
    • PE4002 Study Designs
      Analyze study designs as they apply to the surveillance of diseases.
    • PE4003 Role of the Epidemiologist
      Analyze the role of the epidemiologist in informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political decisions within public health.  
    • RM4001 Research Questions
      Develop health-related research questions designed around the scientific method.
    • RM4002 Literature Review
      Evaluate peer-reviewed research surrounding health-related topics.
    • RM4003 Research Design
      Apply research design to health-related topics.
    • RM4004 Ethics in Research
      Apply ethical principles to health-related research.
    • RM4005 Data Collection and Analysis
      Apply data collection and analysis tools to health-related topics.
    • RM4006 Presenting Your Proposal
      Present formal research proposals.
    • HH4001 Introduction to Economics
      Identify concepts related to healthcare economics.
    • HH4002 Health Insurance and Reimbursement
      Analyze the economic impact of health insurance and reimbursement.
    • HH4003 Economics of Population Health
      Analyze the impact of social determinants of health.
    • PF1001 Introduction to Public Health
      Identify concepts related to public health.
    • PF1002 Professional Goals
      Develop professional goals based on program learning outcomes.
    • PF1003 Impact of Chronic Illness
      Analyze the impact of chronic illness on communities.
    • PF1004 Public Health Services
      Analyze public health services and career opportunities.
    • PF1005 Advocacy for Public Health
      Advocate for public health interests.
    • EH3001 Introduction to Environmental Health
      Analyze the impact of environmental factors on health.
    • EH3002 Agents of Environmental Disease
      Analyze the health effects of agents of environmental disease.
    • EH3003 Environmental Policy
      Explain local, national, and global environmental policies relating to air, food, water, and waste management.
    • EH3004 Environmental Health Assessment
      Apply findings from an environmental health assessment to home and workplace safety.
    • DP3001 Public Health Trends
      Analyze the impact of public health trends on disparities.
    • DP3002 Biological Factors
      Analyze how the impact of disease on the human body informs public health strategies.
    • DP3003 Spread of Disease
      Recommend public health strategies informed by the epidemiologic triangle and chain of infection.
    • DP3004 Culture and Psychosocial Factors
      Analyze the impact of culture and psychosocial factors on the incidence and prevalence of chronic disease.
    • DP3005 Risk Factors Responsible for Infectious Diseases
      Recommend strategies to address emerging and reemerging disease risk factors.
    • DP3006 Modifiable Risk Factors
      Recommend strategies to address modifiable risk factors aimed at preventing disease.
    • PU4001 History and Trends
      Identify key historical events and trends in the health education profession.
    • PU4002 Professional Organizations
      Analyze the role of professional organizations in public health advocacy.
    • PU4003 Professional Development Plans
      Apply certification standards to a professional development plan.
    • PU4004 Codes of Ethics
      Apply the Health Education Code of Ethics.
    • PU4005 Communicating to Populations
      Apply communication strategies for public health education.
    • PP4001 Community Needs Assessment
      Justify the selection of public health problems within targeted communities.
    • PP4002 Planning Models
      Justify the selection of planning models to address chosen public health problems within targeted communities.
    • PP4003 Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies
      Develop measurable goals, objectives, and intervention strategies to address chosen public health issues.  
    • PP4004 Implementation
      Develop budgets, timelines, and marketing strategies for program plan implementation.
    • PP4005 Program Proposal
      Develop proposals to present program plans.
    • EV4001 Purposes of Program Evaluation
      Analyze purposes of program evaluation and distinguish between types of evaluation.
    • EV4002 Program Evaluation Steps
      Apply the steps in designing and conducting program evaluations.
    • EV4003 Program Evaluation Standards
      Assess program evaluation criteria to meet standards.
    • EV4004 Data Collection
      Recommend valid data collection tools applicable to program evaluation plans.
    • EV4005 Data Analysis and Reporting
      Develop plans for data analysis and reporting evaluation results.
    • SX4001 Introduction to the U.S. Government
      Recognize the structure and function of the branches of the U.S. government.
    • SX4002 Policy Development
      Analyze the development of policy to address public health issues.
    • SX4003 Legal and Ethical Ramifications of Policy
      Analyze the legal and ethical ramifications of public health policy.
    • SX4004 Critiquing Policy
      Recommend amendments to public health policy.
    • SX4005 Advocacy Skills
      Develop advocacy plans for public health issues to affect positive social change.

Concentration Competencies (0 or 25 cr.)

These courses are dependent upon the particular concentration. Please see the course list on each concentration page.

Electives (50 or 25 cr.)

Students choosing the competency-based program are to select 10 or five additional courses (based on their concentration) to fulfill the elective requirement. Students may choose courses from general education , BS in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Elective credits should total 50 or 25 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Capstone Competencies (5 cr.)

    • CS4001 Professional Standards
      Analyze health knowledge as it applies to professional skills and responsibilities.
    • CS4002 Professional Development
      Apply communication skills related to professional development.
    • CS4003 Annotated Bibliography
      Evaluate evidence-based resources relating to selected health issues and professional standards.
    • CS4004 Communication Skills
      Apply communication skills to selected health issues and professional standards.
    • CS4005 Social Change
      Apply social change concepts to a selected health issue.

Note on Curriculum

In an effort to ensure competencies are kept up to date and relevant to meet the learning outcomes of the program, the number and subject matter of individual competencies needed to satisfy program course requirements may change. However, program outcomes and the number and subject matter of courses will not be impacted. As a result, the required competencies listed in a student’s individual learning plan may differ from what is currently listed in the catalog.