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(PhD-BA), Health Services
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PhD in Healthcare Administration
The public depends upon health services leaders to 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 PhD specialization in Business Administration 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
For the PhD in Business Administration, Health Services, you must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (20 courses), including a minimum of five core courses, five specialization courses, two statistical courses, five research courses, and one doctoral elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 73 months.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students earning the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Health Services specialization will learn to:
- Develop business knowledge based on a synthesis of current theory
- Defend theories, applications, and perspectives related to business to diverse audiences
- Evaluate business practices that positively impact society
- Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
- Formulate solutions to problems identified in extant business research
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