2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) 
    
    Jan 16, 2021  
2019–2020 Walden University Catalog (September 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Health Services


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

Rhodora B. Cruz, PhD in Health Services Student

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The PhD 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.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Electives (8–10 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr. min.–120 cr. [8 yr. max.])
    • Dissertation preparation course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Curriculum


Foundation Course (3 cr.)


Research Courses (20 cr.)


Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


All PhD 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:

Foundation Research Sequence (15 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 8100 or 8110 must be completed prior to Residency 2 of the academic residencies. RSCH 8200 or 8210 and RSCH 8300 or 8310 must be completed prior to beginning the dissertation or attending Residency 3.

Completion of the Dissertation


  • Dissertation Writing Courses

  • Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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.

Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face in Term 1; required in order to advance into RSCH 8110 in Term 2.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual between Terms 2 and 5; required in order to advance into HLTH 8551.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face between Terms 6 and 7; required in order to advance into HLTH 9001.
  • Complete Residency 4 after your prospectus is approved and all course work completed as
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404); OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course in the dissertation writing phase to progress toward completion and defense of the dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensive retreats are not included in Fast Track tuition.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Student Success Advising to register.

PhD in Health Services for MHA Graduates


Students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree now have the opportunity to complete Walden’s PhD in Health Services in less time. The special program of study recognizes the academic progress previously achieved with an MHA degree and waives 30 credits of foundation courses and one elective course required for the PhD 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 MHA program, as well as to students who hold an MHA degree from another accredited university.

Degree Requirements for Students Who Hold an MHA Degree


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Research courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Electives (4–5 cr.)
  • Completion of Dissertation
    • Dissertation preparation course (5 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Master of Philosophy (Embedded Degree)


Walden awards the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree to recognize PhD students for academic achievement leading up to their dissertation. With an MPhil, students will be able to demonstrate to employers and others that they have an advanced knowledge base in their field of study as well as proficiency in research design and evaluation.

  • Students are eligible to apply for this credential while continuing their PhD program once they have completed:
    • All required PhD core courses (or KAMs)
    • All required PhD specialization courses (or KAMs)
    • All required doctoral research and advanced research courses
    • Program prospectus development course
    • Residencies 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is mandatory.
  • The MPhil requires a minimum of 45 quarter credits. Maximum transfer of credit varies by program but is not to exceed 50% of the overall, or embedded, program requirements.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. 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.

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements in the student handbook). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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