By understanding the medical, social, ethical, and economic factors that affect community health, you can work toward developing solutions to public health problems in a variety of work environments such as:

  • Community outreach programs and education departments
  • Epidemiology departments of hospitals, universities, and states
  • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Journalism and publication centers
  • Courtrooms and government agencies

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.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 63 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 43 credits

  • Community Health Education

    For those interested in promoting healthy lifestyles, this specialization addresses how to assess and improve the well-being of communities and public health systems.

  • Epidemiology

    Explore how diseases affect populations, and develop strategies for maintaining community health. Students choosing this specialization will conduct their own research, and focus on infectious and chronic diseases that can devastate entire communities.

Completion Program

Walden offers an online PhD in Public Health Completion Program for students who have completed all PhD requirements at an accredited university except the proposal and dissertation. With our completion program, you can transfer your doctoral coursework, finish your dissertation, and earn your PhD in Public Health. Learn more.

Learning Outcomes

In this program, you will:

  • Learn how to lead health communication campaigns on today’s most pressing public health issues.
  • Develop managerial skills that can help you lead public health agencies or programs.
  • Promote positive social change concerning the health of diverse populations based on applied research in public health.
Additionally, you will also complete face-to-face residencies which give you a unique opportunity to network with our expert faculty and other doctoral students.

More about our PhD in Public Health program

  • Career Options

    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 member or professor
    • Post-doctoral fellow
    • Global health professional or consultant
    • Public health consultant
    • Public health policy advisor

    *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 Public Health 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.

  • 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 Public Health 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 Public Health at Walden?

  • Cutting-Edge Technology

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

  • Interdisciplinary Experience

    Take research classes with other College of Health Sciences doctoral students.

  • Exceptional Student Services

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



“My PhD has helped me feel empowered to contribute and share my opinion in my industry."

Raymond Chimezie | PhD in Public Health Graduate