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    Through Waldens 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 the nations healthcare system. Combine your interests in health services and public health and broaden your career options in public and private healthcare organizations.


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

    Why study a Ph.D. in Health Services: Leadership?

    The Ph.D. in Health Services program examines healthcare delivery and international healthcare systems. 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.

    You can gain the skills to become a healthcare leader who can work effectively with diverse work forces and communities in a variety of political and economic settings. Through the Leadership specialization, you can build competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning. You can also develop the leadership and ethical capabilities required to advance public health goals as you gain the skills to motivate, inspire, and manage people through effective communication.

    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

    • 99101 total quarter credit hours
      • Foundation course (1 cr.)
      • Research Core (21 cr.)
      • Foundation Core (30 cr.)
      • Specialization courses (19 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 in Health Services

    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

    • Leadership, Professionalism, and Ethics in Public Health Practice
    • Administration and Leadership of Public Health Programs
    • Leadership and Organizational Change
    • The Language of Leadership


    Two courses selected from all specialization courses offered within all programs (810 credits)


    • Dissertation


    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.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    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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