Walden's DrPH program is Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Accredited. It prepares public health practitioners to assume positions of leadership and influence in practice-based settings. In this professional doctoral degree program, students explore public health challenges from both a domestic and global standpoint and learn how evidence-based research can be applied to advance public health goals. Through their coursework, students examine topics such as ethics, budgeting, critical analysis, and supervision, with an overarching emphasis on enhancing practical skills. Students in this multidisciplinary program have the opportunity to collaborate on assignments with students from other programs.
Making a difference in your profession requires both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
The experience that you receive through the Applied Practice Experience is a critical educational component of the DrPH program. The Applied Practice Experience is designed to provide you with the opportunity to:
You are required to read the DrPH Applied Practice Experience Manual in detail and adhere to the policies included within. You must confirm that you have read and understand all the policies in this manual when you apply for your applied practice experience. Failure to comply with the policies within this manual is considered a violation of Walden’s Code of Conduct and Professional Competence Policy and may result in formal sanctions, including, but not limited to, award of a failing course grade, Code of Conduct inquiry, and dismissal from the university. See the student handbook for details and contact the Field Education Coordinator for questions.
The DrPH program is 82 credit hours for individuals with a Master of Public Health (MPH). The DrPH program is 103 credit hours for individuals with a Master's degree in another discipline. You will complete the DrPH Applied Practice Experience towards the end of your program. You should contact the Field Education Coordinator for Public Health Programs when you enroll in PUBH 8512 Doctoral Seminar II.
For additional assistance in determining when you are due to begin your Applied Practice, contact your Student Success Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must submit your applied practice application one full quarter before beginning PUBH 8990.
Applying for Applied Practice can be a lengthy process. We recommend you learn your applied practice requirements at the beginning of your program. This can help remedy any problems that may arise before your application is due.
Deadlines are critical. Failure to submit your Applied Practice Application by the deadline may result in a delay to the next quarter and a delay in your graduation date.
Spring Quarter: February 28, 2022
Application Deadline: November 29, 2021
Summer Quarter: May 30, 2022
Application Deadline: February 28, 2022
Fall Quarter: August 29, 2022
Application Deadline: May 30, 2022
Your preceptor must meet the requirements below to be nominated to serve as your preceptor. This information will be reviewed during the application process to determine if they are an appropriate choice.
To begin your applied practice course, you must apply, be approved, and registered for the course. You must wait until the first official day of the course to begin your hours.
These Professional Preparation resources may assist you in your search for an applied practice site. While they are not a required part of your application, it is recommended you review the resources as they may help you in your future career search as well.
Meditrek is a user-friendly online tool that will help you search for field sites, submit your applied practice application, monitor the status of your applied practice application, and complete the evaluation process. Meditrek will help you:
You will receive your Meditrek username and password approximately 6 months before the start of PUBH 8990. The email will go to your Walden University email account from Meditrek. If you do not receive your credentials by the time you begin your application, contact the Office of Field Experience.