2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Apr 20, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)


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The Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) program prepares professionals to effectively manage the healthcare delivery demands of their organizations and the communities they serve. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum, students gain insight into the post-Affordable Care Act landscape and gain the core business and leadership skills expected by today’s healthcare employers. By blending theory with research in their coursework, students in the DHA program focus on utilizing practice-based research, communication strategies, and data-driven approaches for decision making to improve the healthcare experience for both providers and patients.

Learning Outcomes


The DHA Program Learning Outcomes relate to the Walden University Outcomes.

As graduates of this program, students will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based leadership approaches in changing healthcare environments. (WLO II, IV, VI, VII, VIII)
  2. Engage in scientific inquiry to advance research and practice in complex healthcare systems. (WLO I, II, III, V, VI, VII)
  3. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in healthcare administration strategies. (WLO V, VI, VII)
  4. Demonstrate data-driven decision making in healthcare setting financial management, strategic planning, economic analysis, and quality assessment. (WLO II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)
  5. Apply ethical and legal principles to healthcare administration practice and communication. (WLO II, III, IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  6. Implement culturally responsive decisions in healthcare administration. (WLO I, II, IV, VII, VIII, IX)
  7. Assess risk management in healthcare settings using scientifically validated principles. (WLO IV, V, VI)
  8. Promote positive social change through health management and systems thinking. (WLO I, II, IV, VI, VII, IX)

Track 1 (For students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration degree)


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Core courses (48 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral companion course (5 cr.)
    • Doctoral completion course (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1  * 3 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into DDHA 8246.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face between terms 4 and 6; required before your first DDHA 9100.  
4    5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
7+  ** 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students enrolling in a midterm start date will take a 6-week version of DDHA 8003 by itself in their first term.

**Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Track 2 (For students who hold a master’s degree in an academic discipline other than healthcare administration)


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Core courses (68 cr.)
  • Research courses (10 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral companion course (5 cr.)
    • Doctoral completion course (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two face-to-face residencies

Curriculum


Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1  * 3 cr.
   5 cr.
 

Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; required in order to advance into DDHA 8246.

 
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 face-to-face between terms 6 and 8; required before your first DDHA 9100.  
7    5 cr.
   5 cr.
8    5 cr.
   5 cr.
9+    5 cr.
   5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students enrolling in a midterm start date will take a 6-week version of DDHA 8003 by itself in their first term.

**Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

8-Year Maximum Timeframe


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements [https://catalog.waldenu.edu/content.php?catoid=158&navoid=52191]. Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe, but an extension is not guaranteed.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) (Track 1; Track 2) program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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