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Become a Global Health Change Agent

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.

A health education doctorate prepares students to contribute to the field as researchers, leaders, faculty scholars, educators, and advocates for individual and community health.

Why Choose Walden?

Pursue Your Passion

Deepen your knowledge in a subject area by choosing a specialization that matches your interests and career goals.

Choose From Three Paths

Select one of three PhD in Health Education and Promotion program completion options, depending on your master’s-level preparation.

Stay on Track

Our Doctoral Degree Coach™ tool helps you map and track key program milestones and access helpful resources along the way.

Drive Important Social Change

This degree program is designed to empower you to create meaningful change, both in your organization and your community.

Benefit From Dedicated Support

From our vast digital library to doctoral peer mentor groups, you’ll have all the resources you need to thrive in your PhD program.

Pioneer in Online Learning

Walden harnesses educational innovation to give you the flexibility, support, and top-level education you need to thrive.

Program Savings

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Behavioral Health

Learn to better understand and address the many factors that influence human health and well-being.

Global Health

Gain the global perspective to address the impact of emerging infectious diseases, poverty, climate change, and other issues.

Management and Leadership

Learn how to be an effective, ethical, and energizing leader in the local, national, or global healthcare promotion arena.

Online Teaching in Higher Education

Explore principles of online instruction and learn best practices for reaching diverse populations of adult learners.

Population Health

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.

Program Details

Choose the Path That Is Right for You

  • 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.

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. Are you ready to reach a higher level in your field?

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A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your 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™.

  • Map and track milestones: Break your research down into manageable, sequential steps. See where you are, what’s ahead, and what you’ve already accomplished—all in one place.
  • Meet weekly targets: No more guesswork. Set prompts based on your to-do list and receive reminders and updates directly to your inbox.
  • Connect with faculty: Stay on the same page and keep your progress on track. With shared access to your dashboard, your chair can easily guide you through your checklists, goals, and timelines.
  • Access helpful resources: Quickly find support from the right person at the right time. Our comprehensive resource guide points you in the right direction—no more frustrating searches.

Program Outcomes

Turn Insights Into Action and Improve Lives

Walden’s online PhD in Health Education and Promotion program is grounded in the Eight Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing . Explore the factors that impact individual and community health, current trends and best practices in the field, and the components of effective health promotion and disease prevention programs. Conduct original applied research on a health education topic that touches your world.

Career Outlook

Lead the Way to Global Health and Wellness

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

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.


Meet Your Academic Team

  • Kim Kato

    Kim Howard

    Program Director

    Dr. Howard has more than 19 years of experience in higher education and health education and promotion. She serves as a Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Midwest executive committee member and a Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America health education council member.

  • Catherine McMillan

    Catherine Mcmillan

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. McMillan is an experienced educator who has planned, implemented, and evaluated health promotion programs for a variety of populations. This includes Take Action Against Breast Cancer, a project focused on assisting underserved and uninsured women in receiving no-cost mammograms.

  • Yitza Arcelay Rojas

    Yitza Arcelay Rojas

    Contributing Faculty

    Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Arcelay-Rojas served as an educator for the Puerto Rico Department of Health, where she taught communities about HIV/STI prevention. Her expertise includes qualitative research, including the use of focus groups in health, curriculum, and education.

  • Shelley Summers-Karn

    Shelley Summers-karn

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Summers-Karn has more than 20 years of experience in prevention initiatives, including tobacco cessation and pregnancy prevention. She is the project director for the Tobacco Research and Evaluation Team with the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.

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