Courses General Health Administration

Doctor of Health Administration

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Sixteen Required Courses



76 quarter credits

Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

This course prepares learners for doctoral-level coursework in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze and evaluate how the scholar-practitioner model provides guidance for developing competencies in effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional and interprofessional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Innovative Business Practices in Health Care

Learners in this course examine various innovative health care practices, including creating a culture of accountability for personal, departmental, and organizational performance. Learners evaluate their abilities as change leaders and assess their readiness to accept responsibility for their organizational performance. Learners also demonstrate the skills needed to communicate effectively, take initiative, and reflect industry standards in the workplace. For DHA learners only.

6 quarter credits
Strategic Financial Management in Health Care

The focus of this course is appropriate use of financial information in the health care organization’s decision making process. Learners examine fundamental components of organizational stewardship, including information management; short- and long-term investment planning; and ethical, professional, and social accountability. Learners also demonstrate the skills needed to develop and implement short- and long-term organizational projects in the health care environment and garner the stakeholder support necessary for achieving the financial goals and objectives of the health care organization. For DHA learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
Health Care Policy Processes

In this course, learners investigate the impacts of health care policy and legislation on the availability of, access to, and cost of U.S. health care. Learners examine the implications and consequences of specific health care legislation; analyze the values and assumptions underlying changing priorities in health planning and resource allocation; evaluate the combined effects of social, economic, ethical, legal, and political forces on health care; and assess ways of addressing current gaps in health care policy. 

6 quarter credits
21st-Century Health Care Improvement

Learners in this course build foundational knowledge and skills needed to shape the future of health care. Through the lens of a 21st-century health care leader, learners use critical thinking, analysis, and creative insights to examine a problem, gap, or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health delivery system. Learners also complete a culminating project charter to further develop a coherent quality improvement plan for 21st-century health care. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8051 *
Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Public Health and Health Administration

In this course, learners identify and secure a preceptor and project site for their practicum and complete the research ethics and compliance training required for their doctoral capstone project. Learners also substantiate organizational challenges that present opportunities for improvement interventions and synthesize research evidence to support feasible improvement interventions for an organization. In addition, learners determine the extent to which a prospective capstone project benefits and adds value to an organization. Throughout the course, learners refine their critical thinking and doctoral-level writing skills. Prerequisite(s): NHS8065. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8065 *
Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

In this course, learners apply the steps of the evidence-based practice process to a challenge in health care. Learners differentiate among qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research design, methods, and evidence, and evaluate the quality of qualitative research methods and results. Learners also interpret the results and practical significance of health care data analyses and assess their strengths and weaknesses in writing as a doctoral professional.  Prerequisite(s): RSCH7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8701 *
Keystone: Defining the Doctoral Project

In this course, learners collect, integrate, and synthesize organizational and research evidence to complete a final draft of the Doctoral Project Prospectus Part 1 (DPP Part 1). Learners also collaborate with leaders at an organization within a health care or public health setting to secure the site and preceptor for their project as well as identify a health care or public health challenge as an opportunity for evidence-based change and improvement. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): NHS8051. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7864 or RSCH7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Choose three from the following courses:

Health Policy in the United States

In this course, learners evaluate the impact of and connection between U.S. health policy and services delivered from a results-based, community impact perspective. Learners examine innovations in and challenges and opportunities associated with U.S. health policy development and implementation, including those related to assessing community needs; building coalitions; and measuring the success of evidence-based, health care policy solutions. Learners also study ethics and social accountability relative to domestic health policy.

6 quarter credits
Global Health Policy

In this course, learners evaluate global health policy from a results-based, sociopolitical perspective. Learners examine innovations in and challenges and opportunities associated with global health policy development and implementation, the importance of global industry models in global health policy, and the strategic communication skills needed to influence global health care policy change. Learners also study ethics and social accountability relative to global health policy.

6 quarter credits
Regulatory Compliance for Health Care Leaders

Learners develop an understanding of the current compliance and regulatory issues health care leaders face and demonstrate the skills needed to develop a strong organizational compliance program. Throughout the course, learners gain the knowledge and skills needed to align current regulatory compliance mandates to current health care organizations.

6 quarter credits
Strategic Vision and Planning in Health Care

Learners in this course focus on developing a strategic orientation to evaluate short- and long-term operational and organizational performance goals. Learners analyze organizational systems, processes, and designs from a strategic perspective and examine various methods of strategic planning, including the use and upgrading of information management systems as a means of improving organizational outcomes within the health care environment. Learners also demonstrate the interpersonal communication and strategic decision-making skills health care administrators use to influence and optimize results.

6 quarter credits
Evidence-Based Leadership in Health Care

In this course, learners investigate the principles of evidence-based leadership (EBL) in health care organizations. EBL is fully integrated to provide a framework for building a culture of quality and execution. Learners examine the formal and informal influence strategies used to change individual and organizational behavior and the leadership strategies used to promote collaboration, optimize workforce performance, and promote positive health care organizational outcomes. Learners analyze and recommend EBL approaches to real-world organizational challenges.

6 quarter credits
Health Care Leadership Excellence in a Consumer-Driven Market

Learners cultivate the skills needed to excel as a health care leader in a consumer-driven market. Learners analyze the four cornerstones of the Dye-Garman model for exceptional leadership in health care. Learners develop their leadership skills, focusing on cultivating self-awareness; embracing a compelling vision; developing an energizing style for working with people; and masterfully applying knowledge, influence, and power.

6 quarter credits
Health Data Analytics in Quality

In this course, learners become familiar with regulatory and policy forces in health care that result in the demand for improved quality and clinical outcomes. Learners examine a variety of technical specifications, statistical procedures, and data sources to drive improvement. In addition, learners create and present quality dashboards to identify opportunities for improvement that drive change in a systematic, strategic way.

6 quarter credits
Performance Management and Process Improvement in Health Care

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the importance of strategic planning and organizational assessments as they relate to quality improvement in health care. Learners become familiar with identifying and creating priorities for quality improvement resulting in organizational action plans and projects needed to meet external demands relative to competition. Learners develop an understanding of the use of decision support, risk adjustments, data interpretation, and benchmarking to develop Quality Performance Improvement (QPI) teams and to monitor organizational performance.

6 quarter credits
Patient Safety, Accreditation, and Regulation in Health Care

In this course, learners evaluate the different types of accreditation processes and the importance of ongoing compliance. Learners examine the role the quality professional has when working with federal, state, and/or local agencies and identify benefits and outcomes of continuous readiness. Throughout the course, learners determine mechanisms and tools to evaluate the success of health care organizations’ safety activities and demonstrate how to coordinate and integrate risk management into the organization’s health care safety strategy. Finally, learners propose how to link health care safety goals to those of the organization’s strategic plan to create and sustain an organizational-wide safety culture.

6 quarter credits

Learners must register for DHA9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

Doctoral Capstone †

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organization, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits each






76 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

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There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 18 credits into this specialization.

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