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PhD in Public Health

By understanding the medical, social, ethical, and economic factors that affect community health, you can work toward developing solutions to public health problems. With a diverse network of experienced faculty and students, this online degree program can prepare you to influence social policy and empower citizens. This research-focused program offers curriculum options based on your previous academic experience, as well as specializations to help you meet your professional goals.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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What Our Students Say:

“Walden University is one of the few universities that offers a PhD in Public Health online. This was important to me when working full time and being a mom of two young children.”

Flora Gashi

Walden Graduate
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PhD in Public Health Tracks

The PhD in Public Health program has two tracks designed to match your academic background and interests.

If you hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an MS in Public Health, select Track I. The program requires completion of 82 to 83 quarter credits and offers two specializations.

  • Community Health Education
  • Epidemiology

If you hold a bachelor's degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field, select Track II. The program requires 110 to 111 quarter credits and offers two specializations.

  • Community Health Education
  • Epidemiology

Whether you're interested in raising public awareness of health issues, managing healthcare organizations, or contributing to the policymaking process, the public health field offers a wide range of career options. Career options include:

  • Health department director
  • Health officer
  • Public health information officer
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health policy advisor
  • Public health researcher
  • Faculty/professor
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Global health professional/consultant
  • Public health consultant
  • Public health policy advisor

Why a Walden PhD in Public Health?

Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Cutting-Edge Technology - Courses are enhanced by videos, simulations, presentations, and more.
11-Week Courses - Each course is followed by a 2-week break.
Interdisciplinary Experience - Take research classes with other College of Health Sciences doctoral students.

Earn Your PhD With Either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s Degree

Our program is structured so that you can enroll in the PhD in Public Health program even if you haven’t earned a master’s degree in the public health field.

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