General Program (Competency-Based)

The General Program competency-based degree completion option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

The General Program is also offered in the following degree completion options:


Degree Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.

This represents the minimum credits for program completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 844-767-9522.

AoE: Concepts of Health Promotion (HLTH 1000)

Initiatives to prevent illness and promote healthy lifestyles are often more effective and cost efficient than efforts to intervene or treat disease. This is why health promotion is an increasingly popular trend in the field of healthcare. In this course, you’ll formulate a definition of health and discuss the many influences that shape our individual and collective perceptions of health. Explore the health-wellness continuum, including a number of factors, such as behavioral, demographic, psychological, and social forces. Examine evidence-based methodologies for interventions to promote health and enhance wellness and evaluate health information found online to determine credibility and accuracy. You’ll also reflect on ways to shape your future career in health and to promote positive change.

  • HP1001 Health Promotion: Identify concepts relating to health promotion.
  • HP1002 Dimensions of Health: Apply dimensions of wellness to personal health goals.
  • HP1003 Health Literacy: Analyze the relationship between health literacy, health marketing, and consumer behavior.
  • HP1004 Health Indicators: Analyze social determinants of health that impact health indicators.

AoE: Context of Healthcare Delivery (HLTH 1005)

Effective advocacy through politics, policy, and professional associations is one method of improving healthcare delivery in the U.S. However, effective advocacy depends on individuals who fully understand current issues, systems, existing policies, and related contexts. In this course, you’ll engage in a systems-level analysis of the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery. Examine legislative, regulatory, and financial processes relevant to the organization and provision of healthcare services. You’ll also assess the impact of these processes on quality and safety in the practice environment and disparities in the healthcare system.

  • HD1001 Bills and Laws: Identify the key points of historical bills and laws in healthcare.
  • HD1002 Healthcare Systems: Compare aspects of the U.S. healthcare system to other developed and developing countries
  • HD1003 Vertical and Horizontal Integrated Systems: Analyze the benefits and limitations of integrated systems.
  • HD1004 Current Health Issues in the Workplace: Analyze the impact of current healthcare delivery issues.
  • HD1005 Barriers to Care: Apply strategies to mitigate barriers of care.
  • HD1006 Continuum of Care: Develop patient plans throughout the continuum of care.

AoE: Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare (HLTH 2110)

Many factors influence the health behavior and wellness of individuals and populations. Understanding these factors helps healthcare professionals reduce health disparities and address healthcare access issues for vulnerable populations. In this course, you’ll examine the cultural and behavioral factors and issues that influence the management and delivery of healthcare services. Develop a framework for assessing the effect of culture and behavior in a variety of settings and situations. Identify health disparities attributable to diverse cultural and behavioral factors and discuss their implications for healthcare policy. You will also engage in application-based writing assignments to further examine the goals and objectives of addressing health disparities as well as obstacles for confronting vulnerable populations.

  • BC1001 Health Disparities: Demonstrate understanding of health disparities.
  • BC1002 Cultural Competence: Apply culturally competent practices when working with patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • BC1003 Social Ecological Model: Apply the social ecological model to community health issues.
  • BC1004 Health Disparity Programs: Evaluate intervention programs aimed at mitigating health disparities.
  • BC1005 Advocacy: Advocate for changes to policies or programs that positively impact the health of vulnerable populations.

AoE: Theories of Health Behavior (HLTH 2500)

Become familiar with established and emerging health behavior, health education, and health promotion theories and models. Develop the knowledge and skills necessary for applying various theoretical frameworks and models related to understanding psychosocial, cultural, and contextual factors influencing health behavior and behavior change. Throughout this course, you will focus on the role of theories and models in planning, implementing, and evaluating health interventions at various levels.

  • HB2001 Influences on Health Behavior: Analyze the influences of personal, social, and environmental factors on health behaviors.
  • HB2002 Health Behavior Theories and Models: Describe key concepts, variables, and constructs associated with health behavior theories and models.
  • HB2003 Changing Health Behaviors: Analyze strategies to change health behaviors using theories and models.
  • HB2004 Applying Health Behavior Theories and Models: Apply theories and models to strategies that influence health behaviors in specific populations with health issues.

AoE: Global and Public Health (HLTH 3115)

The course is designed to provide an overview of public and global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. Explore the role of the healthcare provider in preserving and promoting health among diverse populations. Consider global health and their role in health promotion, protection, and maintenance, and in illness prevention of targeted populations. Principles of epidemiology and the influencing sociopolitical factors that impact health and well-being are explored.

  • PG3001 Global Health Trends and Practices: Identify key influences on global health trends and practices.
  • PG3002 Global Health Populations: Describe key public health populations and global health factors that affect diverse populations, cultures, as well as women and children.
  • PG3003 Infectious Disease: Identify and describe infectious diseases and their modes of transmission.
  • PG3004 Chronic Disease: Identify and describe chronic diseases and their modes of transmission.
  • PG3005 Global Health Organizations and Strategies: Describe global health agencies, their roles, and the ways which they support global public health.
  • PG3006 The Future of Global Health: Recognize emerging trends in global public health as they relate to population growth, new technology, and ethical/legal considerations.
  • PG3007 Apply Principles of Global Public Health: Recommend strategies to positively affect global public health in an identified population.

AoE: Introduction to Healthcare Management (HLTH 4000)

This course presents management concepts and theories designed to influence and improve the performance of healthcare organizations. Identify the external and internal environments of organizations as well as key management functions, roles, and responsibilities. You will also explore essential aspects of healthcare management.

  • HM4001 Manager vs. Leader: Differentiate the characteristics of managers and leaders.
  • HM4002 Emotional Intelligence: Analyze the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership style.
  • HM4003 Roles and Responsibilities: Delegate responsibilities within a healthcare management team.
  • HM4004 Leadership Strategies: Apply leadership strategies to management scenarios.
  • HM4005 Leadership Philosophy: Develop a personal leadership philosophy based on emotional intelligence and leadership style.

AoE: Planning Public Health Programs (PUBH 4030)

Planning culturally relevant and effective public health programs is essential to improving the health of populations. This course provides an introduction to public health program planning and design, including the process of needs assessment. You’ll examine and apply various models and theoretical frameworks of program planning. You will also explore fundamental competencies relating to planning, such as writing goals and objectives, selecting strategies, developing budgets, and planning for specific populations. The course introduces concepts related to program implementation, management, and evaluation as they relate to the planning process.

  • PP4001 Community Assessment: Justify the selection of public health problems within targeted communities.
  • PP4002 Planning Models: Justify the selection of planning models to address chose public health problems within targeted communities.
  • PP4003 Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies: Develop measurable goals, objectives, and intervention strategies to address chosen public health issues.
  • PP4004 Program Plan Implementation: Develop budgets, timelines, and marketing strategies for program plan implementation.
  • PP4005 Program Proposal: Develop proposals to resent program plans.

AoE: Evaluating Public Health Programs (PUBH 4100)

How do public health professionals know when a program is working? This course provides an introduction to evaluating public health programs. Examine various types of program evaluations, including formative, process, outcome, and impact evaluations. Learn how to design and conduct practical and effective program evaluations that determine whether program goals are achieved. You will also practice implementing a program evaluation plan to evaluate the effectiveness of a program, and use the results of the evaluation to improve performance.

  • EP4001 Purposes of Program Evaluation: Analyze purposes of program evaluation and distinguish between types of evaluation.
  • EP4002 Program Evaluation Steps: Apply the steps in designing and conducting program evaluations.
  • EP4003 Program Evaluation Standards: Assess program evaluation criteria to meet standards.
  • EP4004 Data Collection: Recommend valid data collection tools applicable to program evaluation plans.
  • EP4005 Data Analysis: Develop data analysis plans based on health programs.

AoE: Principles of Epidemiology (HLTH 4200)

This course focuses on the principles governing the study and practice of epidemiology. Explore the various methods available to health professionals for selecting and measuring factors of interest, describing their distribution, detecting associations, and identifying populations at risk. The features, advantages, and limitations of common epidemiologic research designs are also addressed.

  • PE4001 Descriptive Epidemiology: Identify the personal, temporal, and spatial aspects of disease.
  • PE4002 Study Designs: Apply study designs to the surveillance of diseases.
  • PE4003 Role of the Epidemiologist: Analyze the role of the epidemiologist in informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political decisions within public health.

AoE: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (HLTH 4205)

This course examines the basic components required for the conduct of health-related research. You’ll be provided with the analytic tools needed to understand and assess research methods described in the scientific literature. Basic research methods are described, including surveys, observational studies, experimental and quasi-experimental design, use of primary and secondary data, and statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting data.

  • RM4001 Research Questions: Develop health-related research questions designed around the scientific method.
  • RM4002 Literature Review: Evaluate peer-reviewed research surrounding health-related topics.
  • RM4003 Research Design: Apply research design to health-related topics.
  • RM4004 Ethics in Research: Apply ethical principles to health-related research.
  • RM4005 Data Collection and Analysis: Apply data collection and analysis tools to health-related topics.
  • RM4006 Presenting Your Proposal: Present formal research proposals.

AoE: Strategies for Health Communication and Wellness (HLTH 4380)

The principles and theories of health communication and their application to health promotion and behavior change are the focus of this course. You’ll examine how to design and deliver health messages to various audiences while remaining sensitive to cultural, socioeconomic, and educational factors influencing the audience. Evaluate important dimensions of intercultural and intracultural communication and study how to make scholarly writing accessible to the general population. Explore the use of emerging technologies and social media in marketing and communications.

  • CW4001 Communication Model: Analyze the components and processes of health communication.
  • CW4002 Source Evaluation: Evaluate credible sources.
  • CW4003 Health Behavior Theories: Apply health behavior theories and models to develop effective communications.
  • CW4004 Designing Health Communications: Design health communications that are effective with diverse and low literacy populations.
  • CW4005 Emerging Technologies: Recommend technology-based strategies to communicate to diverse populations.
  • CW4006 Social Marketing Plan: Develop health communication social marketing plans.

AoE: Capstone (PUBH 4900)

The capstone gives you an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills gained from the program of study through a written paper or project.

  • CS4001 Program Learning Outcomes: Analyze health knowledge as it applies to professional standards.
  • CS4002 Annotated Bibliography: Evaluate resources relating to selected health issues and professional standards.
  • CS4003 Professional Development: Apply communication skills related to professional development.
  • CS4004 Social Change: Apply social change concepts to a selected health issue.
  • CS4005 Communication Skills: Apply communication skills to selected health issues and professional standards.
1Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option. If you start the BS in Healthcare Management, BS in Public Health, or BS in Health Studies program anytime in 2019, please note that the earliest you can complete the program is December 31, 2019.
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