Health Services (Community Health Education and Advocacy)

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Through Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program, you can prepare for a leadership role in the in-demand field of healthcare. Expand your understanding of current health legislation, policy, and ethics and how they affect healthcare systems. Combine your interests in health services and public health and broaden your career options in public and private healthcare organizations.

Specializations available include:

  • Community Health Education and Advocacy
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Leadership
  • Public Health Policy
  • Self-Designed

Why study a Ph.D. in Health Services: Community Health Education and Advocacy?

The Ph.D. in Health Services program examines healthcare delivery and healthcare systems in the U.S. and internationally. Students are trained by teaching practitioners to identify problems and solutions based on social science theories and models as well as a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in health services and management. The program of study places an emphasis on healthcare practice and applied research.

Students will examine leadership principles, health education policies, and social and behavioural change theories that underpin effective community health education and advocacy, with consideration given to the planning and organization of health programs and the use of mass communications media and marketing strategies in support of these efforts.

Expand your knowledge of healthcare law and ethics, take part in scientific inquiry to advance the health services field, and learn to assess the impact of healthcare policy on populations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy.
  • Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
  • Design, conduct, and analyse 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.
  • Organize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global community-health education programs, strategies, and campaigns.

Career options

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
  • Non-profit health organizations
  • Nursing services
  • Public health agencies


Completion Requirements

  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Research Core (21 cr.)
  • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Electives (810 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Foundation Course

  • Foundations of Graduate Study

Research Core

  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Advanced Research
  • 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

  • Community Health Assessment
  • Application of Public Health Behavior Change Theories
  • Population Health and Issues in Disease Prevention
  • Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Public Health Leaders


Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (810 credits)



Throughout the course of their dissertation, students will receive training from scholar-practitioner faculty members as they pursue individual research in an interest area of community health education and advocacy.


Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

  • Official transcript(s)
  • A masters degree or higher
  • Applicable test scores
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • List of transfer credits

Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree or a comparable university degree in Health Science. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

Excellent grades are expected. Applicants who do not have graduated yet at the time of the application deadline, but who expect to graduate before the beginning of the program, can also apply for admission subject to timely graduation.

Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

Three years of related professional or academic experience.

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet



Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Walden Universitys Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CCNE accreditation ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs in preparing effective nurses by:

  • Ensuring nursing programs are held accountable to the profession as a whole.
  • Evaluating the success of nursing programs in achieving their missions, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • Assessing the extent to which nursing programs meet accreditation standards.
  • Fostering continuing improvement in nursing programs and professional practice.

University Accreditation

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

The North Central Association is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). When evaluating credentials, employers and universities often look for applicants who earned their degree from an accredited university.

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