Doctor of Business
in Health Services
No Group Work
100% Online Learning
Health services leaders keep communities healthy, ensure access to healthcare, drive public policy, protect workers, prevent and address pandemics, pursue social justice, and much more. Health service jobs are projected to grow by 16 percent over the next decade, with health program graduates in demand at hospitals, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, government and public health agencies, and social service organizations.
This doctoral specialization develops essential perspectives and skills for addressing health service management issues. The program focuses on problem identification, resolution, analysis, and intervention as administrative issues, as well as recognizing the constraints and limitations of delivery systems to intervention and change. In addition to core business studies and dissertation research instruction, the coursework explores the foundations of health services management, including an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, financial management and economics, human resource management, quality management, and law and policy.
A conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. In addition to this general requirement, applicants have two options for entering the doctoral program in the School of Business:
1. Direct Entry – You may immediately begin the doctoral program through the DBA or PhD track with a previously completed master’s degree in one of the following:
- A generalized business area, such as business management or business administration
- A specialized business area (Master of Finance, Master of Human Resources Management, etc.) AND an undergraduate degree in business
- A master’s in any field AND an undergraduate degree in business
2. Evaluation Track – If you don’t meet the direct entry requirements, you’re required to take SKS-7001 – Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies as part of your degree program.
For the Doctor of Business Administration in Health Services specialization, you must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours (16 courses), including four specialization courses. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 64 months.
In this course, you’ll be introduced to the applied business doctoral academic journey. You’ll explore what it means to become an academic learner while you compare and contrast applied and research degrees to determine which is applicable in different environments. You’ll also discuss the use of conceptual research frameworks and be introduced to scholarly writing and reference management. The course concludes with your development of an applied business research question and a brief research plan.
Students will analyze and apply knowledge in twelve different varieties of business-related situations. The focus is on demonstrating core proficiencies in the following business areas: marketing, business finance, accounting, management, legal environment of business, economics, business ethics, global dimensions of business, information systems, quantitative techniques and statistics, leadership, and business applications. The intent is not to introduce these core business concepts, but rather to verify a graduate-level competency in each. The course includes a comprehensive case study that allows you to demonstrate your capabilities in all twelve components.
* Required course for Evaluation Track students.
In this course you’ll explore the ideas and methods for encouraging innovation as part of successful strategic planning. You’ll use organizational assessment tools to evaluate a company’s human resource practices and assess how strategic planning includes elements of technology and sustainability to ensure competitive advantage in global markets.
Organizations can no longer ignore ethics and social responsibility. Ethics are required by local, state, and federal legislation, and now more than ever, organizational stakeholders are being held accountable for actions that lead to societal harm. This course takes academic integrity from the classroom to the boardroom. Through a case-study format, you’ll explore current laws, their applications to business, and how to maintain an ethical perspective within the context of a global framework.
This course engages you in the process of scholarly literature reviews and academic writing. You’ll focus on (a) conducting effective literature searches, specifically in preparation for the dissertation, (b) developing a plan for writing critical, comprehensive, research literature reviews, and (c) critically reviewing and writing about theory/conceptual frameworks as a foundation for your own future research. The goal is for you to conduct an exhaustive search of peer-reviewed research literature on your chosen topic and identify potential areas of inquiry for your dissertation.
This course focuses on the statistical mindset and skills needed to perform and interpret univariate inferential statistics. The course builds your statistical confidence and abilities in assessing and performing statistics. You’ll explore univariate parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, interpretation of statistical output, and how to select statistical tests based on quantitative research questions.
This course teaches you how to design quantitative studies, analyze the data collected, and interpret the results of data analyses. The goal is to explore designs and statistical techniques to use with your envisioned dissertation research.
An examination of qualitative methods for studying human behavior, including grounded theory, narrative analysis, ethnography, mixed methods, and case studies. The objective is to explore designs and methodologies to use with your envisioned research.
The Pre-Candidacy Prospectus is intended to ensure you’ve mastered your discipline prior to candidacy status, and that you’ve demonstrated the ability to design empirical research before moving on to your dissertation coursework. You’ll demonstrate your ability to synthesize empirical, peer-reviewed research to support all course assignments. The Pre-Candidacy Prospectus is completed only after all foundation, specialization, and research courses have been completed.
Students in this course will be required to complete chapter 1 of their dissertation proposal, including the following: a review of literature with substantiating evidence of the problem, the research purpose and questions, the intended methodological design and approach, and the significance of the study. A completed, committee-approved chapter 1 is required to pass the course. If you don’t receive approval to minimum standards, you’ll be able to take up to three supplementary 8-week courses to finalize and gain approval of chapter 1.
In this course, you’ll work on completing chapters 1-3 of your dissertation proposal and receiving committee approval for the dissertation proposal (DP). Chapter 2 consists of the literature review, while chapter 3 covers the research methodology and design, including population, sample, measurement instruments, data collection and analysis, limitations, and ethical considerations. Completed, committee-approved chapters 2 and 3 are required to pass the course, as is a final approved dissertation proposal. If you don’t receive approval to minimum standards, you’ll be able to take up to three supplementary 8-week courses to finalize and gain approval of these requirements.
In this course, you’ll prepare, submit, and obtain approval of your Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. You’ll also collect data and submit a final study closure form to the IRB. If you’re still collecting data at the end of the 12-week course, you’ll be able to take up to three supplementary 8-week courses to complete data collection and file your IRB study closure form.
In this dissertation course, you’ll work on completing chapters 4, 5, and your final dissertation manuscript. Specifically, you’ll complete your data analysis, prepare your study results, and present your findings with an oral defense and a completed manuscript. A completed, committee-approved dissertation manuscript and successful oral defense are required to complete the course and graduate. If you don’t receive approval for either or both, you can take up to three supplementary 8-week courses to finalize and gain approval.
Select 4 courses from the following:
Specialization Course Listings
A comprehensive overview of the United States healthcare delivery system, its history, characteristics, various sectors, and functions. You’ll analyze current issues related to access, cost, and quality; financing and reimbursement; public policy and regulations; and the future of healthcare delivery in the U.S.
This course provides an overview of approaches and processes involved in managing the health enterprise, including value analysis, financial risk, and required return. You’ll explore the roles of prices, demand, health insurance, hospital and physician service markets, and government in the U.S. healthcare system.
This course examines pertinent employment and workplace safety laws used in healthcare organizations. You’ll explore the management skills needed to administer and implement related workplace policies. You’ll also consider the impact of employee performance on the organization and its stakeholders, and the challenges of recruitment and retention in the healthcare environment
This course will prepare you to understand, develop, implement, and evaluate quality performance strategies within a healthcare organization. You’ll examine best practices for quality measurement, quality assurance, and continuous quality improvement in healthcare organizations.
In this course, you’ll critique legal mandates and managerial responses within healthcare settings. You’ll build knowledge and skills required to influence and implement policy development. You’ll also explore the ethical and unethical behaviors of health administrators. Key course topics include professional and institutional liability, ethical decision making, and legal issues surrounding fraud and abuse.
Students earning the Doctor of Business Administration in Health Services specialization will learn to:
- Develop business methods and concepts based on practical application of current theories
- Defend theories, applications, and perspectives related to business to diverse audiences
- Construct socially responsible and ethical business strategies
- Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
- Formulate solutions to practical business problems based on original research
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