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Explore our Online PhD in Health Services

Discover how to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy, broaden your knowledge of healthcare ethics and law, and engage in scientific inquiry to advance research and practice in health services. With this online PhD in Health Services degree, you can also prepare to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare system and lead and inform dialogue about key health services issues—meaning you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to create positive social change as you change your world and the world of those around you.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $5,000 Grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on October 10, 2022. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Accelerated Program for Students with an MHA

Walden offers students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) a shorter path to the PhD in Health Services.

Community Health

Examine the leadership principles, health education policies, and social and behavioral change theories that guide effective community health education and advocacy.

Healthcare Administration

Explore social justice principles that impact healthcare decisions and practice as well as the theoretical foundations of governance and public policy.


Build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning.

Public Health Policy

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 courses that best match your personal and professional interests as you develop your own specialization.

Program Details

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?


A Personalized Guide to Completing Your Doctorate

Earning your 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™.

  • 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

Career Outlook

Walden’s PhD in Health Services program can prepare you for a leadership position at the forefront of the design and delivery of cutting-edge health services in both the private and public sectors. Choose from career options in the following areas:

  • Drug manufacturers
  • Elder services
  • Governmental health agencies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting
  • Healthcare corporations
  • Hospital administration
  • Inpatient services
  • Nonprofit health organizations
  • Nursing services
  • Public health agencies

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

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the health services PhD program will be prepared to:

  • Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
  • Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  • Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
  • Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
  • Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
  • Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.



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