Ph.D. in Public Health - Epidemiology

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Public Health - Epidemiology

Walden University

Ph.D. in Public Health - Epidemiology

Infectious and chronic diseases can devastate entire communities. The Epidemiology specialization broadens your understanding of how these diseases affect populations and explores strategies for maintaining the health of communities. 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. As part of your coursework, you will conduct an epidemiological field study that includes original research.

Track I is designed for students with a Master of Public Health (MPH) or an M.S. in Public Health.

Completion Requirements

  • 84 total quarter credits
    • Foundation courses (2 cr.)
    • Core courses (38 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (24 cr.)
    • Research proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

You may be eligible to transfer a maximum of 46 graduate-level credits into the program.

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


  • Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health
  • Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention
  • Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Health Informatics and Surveillance
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Public Health Leadership, Management, and Systems Thinking
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Economics and Financing of Public Health Systems
  • Advanced Biostatistics
  • Writing a Prospectus
  • Advanced Epidemiology Methods
  • Epidemiology Topics Seminar
  • Advanced Analysis of Secondary Data
  • Public Health Dissertation

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Utilize critical-thinking and assessment skills in order to analyze barriers, assess needs, and advance the knowledge and practice of public health.
  2. Evaluate and apply population-based theories and strategies used in the prevention of disease and disability.
  3. Lead and inform professional communication, marketing, and public relations on key issues in public health.
  4. Apply fiscal and organizational tenets to public health program leadership.
  5. Demonstrate advanced competency in health informatics and surveillance techniques used in public health programs.
  6. Apply public health research to promote positive social change concerning the health of diverse populations.
  7. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in epidemiology.
  8. Apply epidemiologic concepts and analytical approaches to public health problems.

Career Opportunities

Whether you’re interested in raising public awareness of health issues, managing healthcare organizations, or contributing to the policymaking process, the public health field offers a wide range of career options. 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
  • 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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51,040 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
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Duration 72 months
Price 51,040 USD