Walden University Reviews - Doctorate in Public HealthSee reviews of all programs at Walden University
A strongly rigorous online program. I was 7 years to finish my doctorate. The IRB process for research was very easy compared to other universities in Puerto Rico. The only limitation is the application of the theory, but I learned a lot to comply with high expectations in my work.
While I can not vouch for other departments, I can say the public health department at Walden is excellent. I am currently in the PhD in public health, epidemiology concentration, and have enjoyed it immensely. There are multiple resources and I was able to get responses to questions I had from any department within 48 hours maximum. Like any other university, some professors are better than others, but overall it has been a great experience. I am currently do well in every class, but it because I have spent at least 5-20 hours a week doing the assignments. However, do not think it is easy. There are plagiarism detectors and rubrics that specify what is expected for each assignment, so you do not think for a second that you do not have to put in the time and effort to do the work. I think Walden is designed for students who recognize they have to be responsible for their own learning. While the professors and other departments can help, it is ultimately up to you to ensure you pass each class, get financial aid setup each quarter/semester, etc. For those people who had a negative experience, I am sorry to hear that. But overall, in my perspective, Walden is a great learning experience for anyone who wants a graduate degree and has to balance school, work, and life in general.
I am currently in the Track II: Epidemiology at Walden University and studying how 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 distress communities and learn to create education programs that can help prevent the spread of chronic disease. As part of the coursework, I have conducted an epidemiological field study that included original research. Track II is designed for students who hold a bachelors degree or higher in an academic discipline other than the public health field. In addition to specialization coursework, Track II explores public health fundamentals including case studies and research methods, public health management, and environmental health.
I believe Walden is a great school of higher learning, but like college, it is not for everyone. My experience with Walden was great from start to finish. The residencies were very helpful and insightful to hear and learn from other students who were completing their degrees. I found the professors to be knowledgeable and they were willing to assist when engaged. I found earning my degree was a difficult, yet enjoyable experience, because my success was up to me. I could not present a less than satisfactory dissertation chapter and have it approved. I could not write my dissertation in the wrong APA format and have it approved. I could not write using poor grammar and punctuation and have it approved. I could not complete my dissertation using outdated research references and have it approved. I could not write my dissertation and not have it be a scholarly piece and have it approved. In short, if you are unprepared for the rigors of Ph.D. work then you will complain about every aspect of the process to cover up your own academic shortcomings. I would recommend Walden for the independent study student who does not need to be coddled or have their hand held throughout their entire graduate process. The academic rigor is good and I have two degrees from "brick and mortar" schools. I have found the academics for my degree to be on par; the advising better; the library fulfilling; the support staff wonderful; and the professors challenging. If I had one negative to make the review balanced, it would be in the selection of the committee. I found this process to be the most stressful of my entire process, and it did frustrate me to the point that I was unsure if I would graduate. I was able to field my committee and now I look at the picture of me getting hooded on the wall of my house. Nothing is perfect, but perseverance is key to anything worthwhile.
Walden University is what you make of it. If, an individual uses time management successfully, they will be okay. A lot of students want to schedule vacation trips, weddings and other activities during the school semester. Walden University does not support that. Walden University will make a student work for everything they earn. Sometimes, glowing reviews will come and sometimes it does not. My experience at Walden University was students who love shortcuts will not be successful. We had a group project in one of my classes. This young lady did not research or contribute for the group project. She received the same grade as all the students, who contributed. Later on, that student was dismissed because of plagiarism on her dissertation. The issue is not during coursework; the issue is the dissertation phase, if one cheats the process in the doctoral program; one will pay for it later on. I guess what I am trying to say is Walden University did not give me anything, it is not a diploma mill. The doctoral program is real as they come. You have to work as hard as any brick and mortar school, and you do not have face-to-face instruction; therefore, discipline and time management is key to your success. Students that do not succeed will want to put a spin on it, but one not willing to work hard should not come to Walden University; those students that are willing to work should.
Walden is not a good school. They basically take your money and provide you with no guidance academically. You are left on your own to figure everything out while the professors keep changing the expectations. There is no consistency among the professors as it relates to what is expected and especially when you are working on the dissertation the lack of consistency can be costly for the student. It is the worst school and no one should ever attend.
I found an opportunity to change my career from Walden programs. I was highly enriched by the dept of knowledge I got. My dissertation was not easy because it involved a lot of work writing and re-writing. Sometimes frustrating, but I learned from it. My education has given the power to have a strong voice on health issues and I have been making presentations and speaking out about improving access to healthcare to all. Though, I am still looking for a suitable job to apply my education, I have always share good view on health issues. I have written a book on primary healthcare. Academic work at Walden was rigorous and not for students who are not self-motivated or used to being spoon-fed or led by the hand. Online programs are not for everybody. It is an innovation which will take time before people get used to it.The program is for self-starters. My advise to future students is that doing online degree is not an easy one. Also, doctoral programs are not easy and will always pose challenges and those who are not strong enough will surely drop out. The effort you put in equals what you get.