In this research-based program, you will learn to evaluate healthcare policy, broaden your knowledge of healthcare ethics and law, and help to advance research, education, and practice in health services.

Prepare for a leadership role where you can educate others on the delivery of healthcare services, in a range of public and private healthcare settings, such as:

  • universities
  • state health departments
  • nonprofit organizations
  • healthcare corporations

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 66 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 52 credits

  • Community Health

    Examine the leadership principles, health education policies, and social and behavioral change theories that guide effective community health education and advocacy.

  • Healthcare Administration

    Explore social justice principles that impact healthcare decisions and practice as well as the theoretical foundations of governance and public policy.

  • Leadership

    Through the Leadership specialization, you can build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning.

  • Public Health Policy

    Examine microeconomic and macroeconomic models, the influence of public finance on policy decisions, and the tools and techniques used to evaluate the impact of social programs.

  • Self-Designed

    Choose to cover topics on health policy, health education and promotion, healthcare administration, and more in this self-designed specialization.

Ask an enrollment advisor about the accelerated program offered for students who have earned an MHA from Walden or another accredited university, allowing you to save time and money on your PhD.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge needed to help identify and address critical concerns related to the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Combine your interests in health services and public health and broaden your career options in the private and public sectors.
  • Enhance your critical thinking and decision-making skills as you learn to assume greater responsibility in leadership positions.
  • Work toward the same degree as prominent Walden graduates who are leaders in the field, including both a participant in the highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars Program and a past president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Additionally, this program offers face-to-face residencies that allow you to network with expert faculty members and other doctoral students while you hone your research, writing, and critical thinking skills.


More about our PhD in Health Services program

  • Career Options

    With a Walden PhD in Health Services you can pursue career options in a variety of settings, including:*

    • University education
    • Government health agencies
    • Health insurance companies
    • Healthcare corporations
    • Hospital administration
    • Nonprofit health organizations
    • Training and development specialist

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in Health Services program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

    Ask an enrollment advisor about the accelerated program offered for students who have earned an MHA from Walden or another accredited university, allowing you to save time and money on your PhD.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Health Services program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Health Services at Walden?

  • Cutting-Edge Multimedia

    Courses are enhanced by videos, simulations, presentations, and more.

  • Global Perspective

    Join a community of students and faculty with diverse backgrounds and experience.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.



"The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal. "

Kahla D. LaPlante | PhD in Health Services Graduate