Ph.D. in Health Services - Public Health Policy

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Health Services - Public Health Policy

Walden University

Ph.D. in Health Services - Public Health Policy

You can learn to design, implement, manage, and influence public health policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Explore how data is used to form policy recommendations and to draft legislation that promotes the equal distribution of health resources and reductions in health risks. Through the Public Health Policy specialization, you will 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.

Completion Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (2 cr.)
    • Research Core (21 cr.)
    • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Electives (8–10 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Foundation Course

  • Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health

Research Core

  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • or Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • or Advanced Mixed Methods Reasoning and Analysis
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus

Foundation Core

  • U.S. Healthcare Delivery System
  • Organizational Development and Leadership
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Financial Management
  • Health Law and Ethics

Specialization Courses

  • Public Health Policy, Politics, and Progress
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
  • Advanced Program Planning Implementation and Evaluation


Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)


  • Dissertation

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

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

Career Options

Walden’s Ph.D. 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
72 months
Part time
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61,700 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
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Duration 72 months
Price 61,700 USD