PhD in Health Education and Promotion

Shape stronger, healthier communities as a researcher, leader, or educator.

Are you passionate about empowering people with information about their health? With an online PhD in Health Education and Promotion from Walden, you can develop and lead programs that advance public health initiatives—or conduct research that promotes a healthier world. Inspire positive, lasting social change that improves quality of life for entire populations.

In this program, you can:

  • Choose from six specializations to match your career goals.
  • Save money if you already have your MSHEP or MPH degree.
  • Prepare to create meaningful change in your community.
  • Benefit from dedicated student support.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: October 9, 2023

Transfer Credits: Up to 40 credits

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Focus Areas

Learn to better understand and address the many factors that influence human health and well-being.
Gain the global perspective to address the impact of emerging infectious diseases, poverty, climate change, and other issues.
Learn how to be an effective, ethical, and energizing leader in the local, national, or global healthcare promotion arena.
Explore principles of online instruction and learn best practices for reaching diverse populations of adult learners.
Explore a wide range of factors that influence health including public health, genetics, medical care, and the environment.
Choose this specialization if you want to focus on research in the field of health education and promotion.

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Earning your online PhD in Health Education and Promotion requires commitment, perseverance, and hard work. You can do it, and Walden is here to help—with our Doctoral Degree Coach™.

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Walden’s PhD in Health Education and Promotion offers three tracks to choose from, depending on your prior education.


Choose this track if you have a master’s degree in health education and promotion.


Choose this track if you have a Master of Public Health.


Choose this track if you hold a master’s degree in an academic discipline other than the public health field.

More about our PhD in Health Education and Promotion program

Earning a “Dr.” before your name can open doors you never imagined. With Walden’s online PhD in Health Education and Promotion program, you can earn a distinctive credential that puts you in an elite group of health education scholars and thought leaders. Get started today and find out how we can help you achieve your education and career goals.

A health education doctorate program can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • State and local government
  • Individual and family services
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations
  • Hospitals

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

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

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

Our Enrollment Specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted or call 855-203-5779.
Walden’s Enrollment Specialists are committed to helping you identify and leverage opportunities to save money on your education. Get in touch with an Enrollment Specialist today at 888-968-5331 to learn more.

Why earn your PhD in Health Education and Promotion at Walden?

"I credit much of my success and ability to meet professional goals to the relevancy and quality of my studies at Walden."

Tony Capello | PhD in Public Health Graduate

Enrollment Restrictions by State

Walden currently cannot enroll residents of the following states/districts into the PhD in Health Education and Promotion program: Kentucky and Wisconsin.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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