2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ph.D. in Health Services


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“Never stop learning, accepting, and seeking the services Walden University has to offer.”
 

Rhodora B. Cruz
Ph.D. in Health Services Student

 

The Ph.D. in Health Services program examines healthcare delivery and healthcare systems in the U.S. and internationally. Students are trained by scholar-practitioners to identify problems and solutions based on social science theories and models as well as a knowledge of historical and contemporary issues in health services and management. The program of study places an emphasis on healthcare practice and applied research. The program prepares students for careers in which doctoral-level education is desired, such as academia, research, government, and private sector positions within healthcare organizations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

1. Accurately evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare policy in a dynamic healthcare environment.
2. Lead and inform the professional dialogue on key health services issues.
3. Design, conduct, and analyze studies of economic evaluation in healthcare.
4. Apply critical-thinking skills to the analysis of controversial issues and conflicting perspectives associated with healthcare ethics and law.
5. Identify and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health services needs of diverse communities and populations.
6. Engage in scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in health services.

Specializations

Degree Requirements

  • 101–103 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (2 cr.)
  • Core courses (30 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
  • Advanced research course (4 cr.)
  • Writing course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Electives (8–10 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 10 quarters enrollment 
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Core Curriculum

Foundation Course (2 cr.)


Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)


Courses composing the Foundation Research Sequence are conducted online and require weekly readings, participation in discussions, and assignment completion. Course instructors guide discussions and evaluate discussion and application assignments. RSCH 8100X must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200X and RSCH 8300X must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)


All Ph.D. students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses; individual programs may have other advanced options. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:

Ph.D. in Health Services for M.H.A. Graduates


Students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) degree now have the opportunity to complete Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services in less time. The special program of study recognizes the academic progress previously achieved with an M.H.A. degree and waives 30 credits of foundation courses and one elective course required for the Ph.D. in Health Services, significantly reducing the time and money needed to complete the doctoral degree.

The program is available to current students and alumni of the Walden M.H.A. program, as well as to students who hold an M.H.A. degree from another accredited university.

Degree Requirements for Students Who Hold an M.H.A. Degree


  • 65–66 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
  • Advanced research course (4 cr.)
  • Writing course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (19 cr.)
  • Elective (4–5 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Minimum 10 quarters enrollment
  • 16 units of academic residency (four 4-day residencies)

Program Data


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