PhD in Public Health

Walden is No. 1 in public health doctoral graduates in the U.S.

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: October 9, 2023

Transfer Credits: Up to 43 credits

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

Learn how to identify, measure and analyze environmental and occupational public health issue and design evidence-based solutions for public health hazards.

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.

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your online PhD in Public Health 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 Public Health program

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.

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 Public Health at Walden?

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

Raymond Chimezie | PhD in Public Health Graduate

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Based on the most recent year of completions survey data available, using CIP code family 51.2201 “Public Health, General” for Doctor’s degree – Research/Scholarship. Available at (Retrieved January 2021; may consist of or include provisional release data.)


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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