PhD in Health Services

High-quality, accessible healthcare is a national priority.

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

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Next Start Date: October 9, 2023

Transfer Credits: Up to 52 credits

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Examine the leadership principles, health education policies, and social and behavioral change theories that guide effective community health education and advocacy.
Explore social justice principles that impact healthcare decisions and practice as well as the theoretical foundations of governance and public policy.
Through the Leadership specialization, you can build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning.
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.
Choose to cover topics on health policy, health education and promotion, healthcare administration, and more in this self-designed specialization.


Ask an enrollment specialist 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.

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Earning your online PhD in Health Services 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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More about our PhD in Health Services program

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.

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.

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.
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.

Why earn your PhD in Health Services at Walden?

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

Kahla D. LaPlante | PhD in Health Services Graduate


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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