Courses & Curriculum

The track you select determines your coursework for the first semester. Beginning the second semester, core curriculum for all DHA students is aligned, regardless of track.

Health Administrator Track

The Health Administrator track focuses on the development of leaders in healthcare administration, health policy, strategic management, and applied research methods. Students hold positions such as chief executive officer, administrator, regional manager, program director, and department manager. Students are all seeking to gain the skills needed to take on enhanced leadership positions and influence healthcare delivery.

Health Professional Track

The Health Professional track focuses on the development of interprofessional leaders in clinical care, social work, health information systems, and healthcare quality. Students hold positions such as practicing clinician, chief information officer, health information technology consultant, social worker, case manager, information systems vendor executive, quality assurance professional, and training program coordinator. Students are all seeking to gain the skills needed to take on leadership positions and influence healthcare practice.

Curriculum

The DHA requires a minimum of 56 semester hours organized as follows:

38 semester hours of Didactic Coursework (including 9 track focused hours)
18 semester hours of Doctoral Project semester hours (minimum requirement) 

Specific Track Selection:

Health Administrator (HA)
Health Professional (HP)

 

Year  Semester  Course Credit Hours
1 Fall DHA-800
DHA-802
Organizational Behavior (HA) or Healthcare Leadership (HP)  3
    DHA-805 Qualitative Methods 3
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
1 Spring DHA-801 Financial Management 3
    DHA-807 Managing Healthcare Info 3
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
1 Summer DHA-808 Health Politics & Advocacy 3
    DHA-867 Quantitative Methods for Resea 3
    DHA-811 Current Topics in Healthcare   1 
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
2 Fall DHA-809 Change Management&Negotiation
3
    DHA-812 Evidence based Decision Making 3
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
2 Spring DHA-865 National Health Policy 3
    DHA-850 Population Health Management 3
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
2 Summer DHA-814 Study Execution 3
    DHA-811 Current Topics in Healthcare 1
    ELEC  1 Elective Course is Required 3
      Total Semester Hours 7
         
3 Fall DHA-990 Doctoral Project 9
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
3 Spring DHA-990 Doctoral Project 9
      Total Semester Hours 9
         
         
      Total Credit Hours 56

Elective Courses: 

DHA-872 Leadership III
DHA-878 Advanced Information Systems