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

In our online PhD in Public Health program, you can build upon your skills and expertise to become a more effective scholar-practitioner and make compelling contributions to advancing wellness among diverse populations. Coursework examines issues in disease and injury prevention; health informatics; and the importance of communication, marketing, and public relations in the public health field. In addition to conducting your own original research in a public health topical area of your choice, you can learn how to apply public health research to promote positive social change concerning the health of communities worldwide.

Earning your PhD in Public Health can position you to pursue prominent career roles as a leader, researcher, consultant, or educator in a wide range of settings. Gain the knowledge and credentials to change your world and improve the lives of countless people across the globe.

Scholarly Research

Integrate scholarly research with practical solutions that address today’s most pressing health issues through a scholar-practitioner learning model.

Accelerated Journey

Earn your PhD in Public Health degree sooner if you already have a Master of Public Health (MPH) or MS in Public Health.


Broaden your research skills through an original dissertation that contributes to the field.

Expert Faculty

Learn from scholars, researchers, and distinguished leaders from all over the world who are selected for their academic and public health industry credentials and expertise.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Walden's doctoral program in public health gives you the skills to influence policy and save lives in your community and around the world. Whether you want to conduct research, raise public awareness, or manage public healthcare organizations, Walden's PhD in Public Health will help you succeed.


TRACK I: Choose this track if you have a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an MS in Public Health.

TRACK II: Choose this track if you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field.

Community Health

The Community Health specialization addresses how to assess and improve the well-being of communities and public health systems.

Track I Track II

Environmental and Occupational Health NEW!

Our PhD in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health specialization prepares you to impact the field through research and public health policy creation.

Track I Track II


Study how the prevalence of chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes can stress communities and learn to create education programs that can help prevent the spread of chronic disease.

Track I Track II

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: Master of Public Health (MPH) or MS in Public Health for Track 1 or bachelor’s degree or higher for Track 2

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.

Learning Outcomes

Our PhD in Public Health online degree program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  • Apply ethical decision-making in public health research.
  • Design public health research proposals that are evidence based and competitive.
  • Critically evaluate scholarly literature in public health and related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to facilitate evidence-based public health solutions.
  • Conduct original public health research that has the ability to promote positive social change in diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills necessary to deliver complex public health research and information to professional audiences.

Career Outlook

Dramatic changes in our nation’s healthcare delivery system, coupled with a national emphasis on disease prevention and healthy living, are prompting a growing demand for highly qualified public health scholars, researchers, and leaders.

Whether you’re interested in conducting research, raising public awareness of health issues, managing healthcare organizations, or contributing to policy development, the public health field offers an exciting array of career possibilities.

Career options include:

  • Health department director
  • Health officer
  • Public health information officer
  • Biostatistician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health policy advisor
  • Public health researcher
  • Faculty/professor
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Global health professional/consultant
  • Public health consultant
  • Public health policy advisor

Top Public Health Employers

The field of public health touches numerous sectors, from government agencies to business organizations to charities. Some of the major public health employers in America today include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Academia
  • Managed care organizations
  • State and local public health departments
  • Hospitals and medical facilities
  • Nonprofits
  • Corporate sector

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

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. employs approximately 100,000 health educators, community health workers, and epidemiologists in traditional public health settings. The first two categories are each projected to grow 21% by the year 2022.2


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