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Develop and lead programs that can help people live longer, healthier lives.

In recent years, public, professional, governmental, and medical groups have increasingly come to recognize the need for more health and wellness promotion initiatives, as the majority of adults do not meet the minimum recommendations to eat healthfully, exercise more, and make behavioral changes that can reduce disease and prolong their lives. With the focus of healthcare shifting toward preventive care and education, the demand for qualified health educators is projected to rise 13% by 2029.1 Now is the time for you to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention programs and services. With an online PhD in Health Education and Promotion degree, you can help groups and individuals lead healthier lifestyles or conduct research in an area that will help make the world a healthier place.

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

As one of a small number of online doctoral programs that is fully dedicated to this topic, our health education and promotion degree program explores both individual and population health, focusing on health behavior theory and techniques for changing behaviors. Using the latest technology, you will review case studies that touch on current trends and research and explore best practices from a global perspective.

Additionally, this online degree program can help prepare you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam or the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 29, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a master's degree in health education and promotion.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you have a master of public health.

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

Behavioral Health

A PhD in Health Education and Promotion with a focus on behavioral health can help you better understand and address the many factors and influences on health and well-being.

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Global Health

Gain the knowledge and global perspective necessary to address the impact of emerging infectious disease, poverty, human rights issues, climate change, or population growth.

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Management and Leadership

Prepare to become an effective, ethical, and energizing leader in the local, national, or global healthcare promotion arena.

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Online Teaching in Higher Education

Through specialized coursework, you can gain insight into the needs of adult learners, explore principles of online instruction, learn best practices for reaching diverse student populations, and examine the latest technologies impacting online learning.

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Population Health

Explore a wide range of factors that influence health including psychology, public health, genetics, medical care, behavior, education level, social status, and the environment.

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This focus area is geared to students who want to concentrate on research in the field of health education and promotion.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A master's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.

Your Doctoral Journey

At Walden, we’ll guide you every step of the way with a comprehensive suite of support resources designed to help you confidently pursue the finish line, including our Doctoral Degree CoachTM. Since being founded in 1970 for working professionals who want to make a difference, our university has grown to become the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.1 Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the factors that impact individual and population health.
  • Synthesize assessment results to identify and prioritize health problems.
  • Engage in collaborative planning of health interventions.
  • Apply knowledge that results in successful implementation and monitoring of health promotion and disease prevention interventions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions
  • Conduct original health education-related research.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior as a health education scholar-practitioner.
  • Facilitate efforts among stakeholders to achieve common goals related to individual and community health.
  • Apply health education principles, theories, and models to create professional communication and establish positive public relations.
  • Use evidence-based research to advocate for policies and programs that promote positive social change related to the health of individuals and communities.

Career Outlook

The health education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health.

In light of initiatives such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 and its goal to “increase the quality, availability, and effectiveness of educational and community-based programs designed to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and enhance quality of life,” the demand for skilled health education specialists is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field has a 11% anticipated growth in employment through 2029.2

The PhD in Health Education and Promotion program can help prepare you to advance in the field, working as a health educator in academic, clinical, community, or corporate settings.

Health educators work to promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. They do this by:

  • Assessing needs
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs
  • Coordinating health education services
  • Serving as resource people
  • Advocating for specific health issues

A PhD in Health Education and Promotion can help you gain the skills and experience to work within a wide range of settings to promote healthy lifestyles. These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Community health agencies
  • State and local health departments
  • Schools and universities
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Hospitals and clinics

Doctoral-level health education specialists may also serve as consultants, teach at the college or university level, or work as researchers.

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

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