2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Dec 05, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

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. Assess risk management in healthcare settings using scientifically validated principles. (WLO IV, V, VI)
  7. 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)


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundations courses (0 cr.)
  • Core courses (33 cr.)
  • Research methods courses (10 cr.)
  • Capstone Research (20 cr.)
    • Five Doctoral Study Seminar courses (1 cr. per term)
    • Capstone Prospectus Completion (5 cr.)
    • Capstone Proposal (5 cr.)
    • Capstone Completion writing courses (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)Doctoral companion course (0 cr.)
  • Two residencies
  • Optional: Capstone Intensive

Curriculum


Foundations Courses (0 cr.)


Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 is required in order to advance into DDHA 8750, DDHA 8103, DDHA 8113, and DDHA 8703.
  • Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of both Residency 1 and DDHA 9003 - Doctoral Study Seminar I and prior to DDHA 9200 - Doctoral Study Prospectus Completion.
  • Optional: Complete a DHA Intensive during your capstone.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   3 cr.
Complete Residency 1 in order to advance into DDHA 8750, DDHA 8103, DDHA 8113, and DDHA 8703.  
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   1 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
4    5 cr.
   1 cr.
5    5 cr.
   1 cr.
6    5 cr.
   1 cr.
7    5 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of both Residency 1 and DDHA 9003 - Doctoral Study Seminar I and prior to DDHA 9200 - Doctoral Study Prospectus Completion.  
8    5 cr.
  Optional: Complete a DHA Intensive during your capstone.  
9    5 cr.
10  **  Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students enrolling in a midterm start date will take a 6-week version of DDHA 8006 by itself in their first term.

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

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 doctoral study on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the doctoral study process by contacting a student success advisor.

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


Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Foundations courses (30 cr.)
  • Core courses (33 cr.)
  • Research methods courses (10 cr.)
  • Capstone Research (20 cr.)
    • Five Doctoral Study Seminar courses (1 cr. per term)
    • Capstone Prospectus Completion (5 cr.)
    • Capstone Proposal (5 cr.)
    • Capstone Completion writing course (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
  • Two residencies
  • Optional: Capstone Intensive

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 is required in order to advance into DDHA 8300, DDHA 8600, DDHA 8603, and DDHA 8400.
  • Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of both Residency 1 and DDHA 9003 - Doctoral Study Seminar I and prior to DDHA 9200 - Doctoral Study Prospectus Completion.
  • Optional: Complete a DHA Intensive during your capstone.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1   OR   3 cr.
   5 cr.
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
Complete Residency 1 in order to advance into DDHA 8300, DDHA 8600, DDHA 8603, and DDHA 8400.  
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
5    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
6    5 cr.
   5 cr.
   1 cr.
7    5 cr.
   1 cr.
Complete Residency 2 after successful completion of both Residency 1 and DDHA 9003 - Doctoral Study Seminar I and prior to DDHA 9200 - Doctoral Study Prospectus Completion.  
8    5 cr.
   1 cr.
9    5 cr.
10    5 cr.
  Optional: Complete a DHA Intensive during your capstone.  
11    5 cr.
12  **  Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students enrolling in a midterm start date will take a 6-week version of DDHA 8006 by itself in their first term.

**Students are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general, students are continuously registered in the 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 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 doctoral study process by contacting a student success advisor.

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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