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

Leadership - PhD in Health Services

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The Leadership specialization prepares students to be healthcare leaders who can work effectively with diverse workforces and communities under varying political and economic conditions by utilizing competencies in organizational change management, team building, mediation, collaboration, and systems thinking and planning. Students will examine the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and ethics, as well as the professional attributes, skills, styles, and strategies required advancing public health goals. The use of dynamic language techniques by leadership will be explored, providing students with a practical foundation for motivating, inspiring, and managing their organizations through effective communication. Throughout the course of their dissertation, students will be supported by scholar-practitioner faculty members as they pursue individual research in an interest area of healthcare leadership.

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.
  7. Analyze leadership theories, concepts, and tools that provide the foundation for health services decision making.