A Doctorate Program in Public Health, Epidemiology Emphasis
Walden University offers online classes in a variety of disciplines. The school is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It features a doctoral program in public health that offers you a choice of three epidemiology tracks. Although the general study matter is similar, there are some finely tuned modifications by track. Please note that a practicum experience will be part of the learning process.
Track I appeals to students who may only have a bachelor’s degree or hold a master’s degree in subjects other than public health. This track requires the completion of 122 quarter credits; while the courses may be taken online, there is the need for twenty days of in-person attendance that you may spread over two six-day and two four-day residences. If you have already begun to take classes elsewhere, you may transfer in up to forty-six quarter credits.
Track II is open to students with a CEPH-accredited MPH or those who hold a MS in public health. This track only features ninety quarter credits and offers the same transfer privileges and also requires the same attendance. The difference between tracks I and II is the omission of foundational courses such as biostatistics, health policy, and environmental health.
Track III provides coursework for students with a MPH that is not CEPH accredited; it is also open to students with a MS in public health. This collection of courses consists of 110 quarter credits and identical attendance and transfer requirements. While it offers more foundation courses than Track II, it omits ethics, research, and program design, which are part of Track I.