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Graduate Programs

Doctor of Health Administration (D.H.A.)

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 63 hours

Applications are accepted for admission to the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program for the fall cohort start. Applica- tions must be received for the fall start by April 1. Inquire with the DHA secretary at 989-774-1351 or the DHA program director at 989-774-1640.

The program leading to the Doctor of Health Administration degree is designed to provide advanced academic, relevant, and professionally-oriented education. The curricular and learning outcome objectives of this applied doctorate program are directed toward preparing individuals with the theoretical foundations, ap- plied skills and practical expertise required for leadership positions within the healthcare industry. Emphasis will be given to impart- ing and advancing skills that foster life-long learning, systematic investigation and testing of practices and operational models via data/evidence-based strategies, and the public dissemination, and reporting of new findings within the field. The intent of the program is to provide advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to practicing health professionals in a convenient, yet rigorous academic environment.

The program course of study is delivered in a sequenced manner of fifteen internet-based courses, six intensive face-to-face two and a half-day seminars, a general comprehensive examination, and an applied dissertation. Students matriculating into this program cannot be granted prior experience credit toward semester credit hour degree requirements . Students matriculating into the DHA program may, with the approval of the program, transfer up to six (6) credits of course work taken in another regionally accredited doctoral program. The applicant must request the transfer and identify which courses he/she wishes to transfer. The DHA Pro- gram will review the request and make a determination as to the relevancy of the courses to the program, whether the courses are equivalent to any of the DHA courses, and whether the request will be granted. No transfer credits will be accepted to meet the dis- sertation requirement nor DHA726 or DHA728. The applicant must have earned at least a B grade on any course being requested to transfer . The applicant needs to submit a transcript showing the courses, a course description and the syllabus for the course. A new group of students will begin studies each year. Each student will be assigned an advisor for the didactic portion of the program. Using a modular format, fifteen courses and six intensive seminars during the first two years of the program comprise the didactic por- tion of the program. The successful completion of a comprehensive examination at the end of the didactic portion of the program will transition the student to doctoral candidate status where the doc- toral candidate will begin their dissertation preparation, proposal, implementation, defense to their doctoral committee, and report- ing. During the dissertation phase, each student will work closely with a dissertation advisor/major professor. The didactic portion of the program carries fifty-one (51) semester credit hours and the dissertation portion carries twelve (12) semester credit hours for a total of sixty-three (63) semester credit hours for the entire program. Students will choose between a three (3) year or five (5) year degree plan. Students choosing the three year option will enroll in two (2) courses per term and generally will complete the program in three years while those choosing the five-year option will normally enroll in one (1) course per term.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

The minimum requirements and standards for applicant admis- sion to the program include the following criteria:

  • An earned regionally accredited master’s degree in an appropri- ate area of study (e.g., health administration, business admin- istration, public health, public administration) or a professional degree (e.g., M.D., D.O ., D.D.S.). Other areas of graduate study at the master’s degree level will be considered by petition to the faculty. GPA will be considered in the admissions process;

  • Satisfactory completion of graduate coursework or equivalent must be provided as evidence by student applicants in the areas of health economics or economics, finance, statistics, administration/management, and organizational develop- ment/behavior.

  • Demonstration of at least five years of work related experience at mid-level or higher health management, administration, or in health policy;

  • Oral and written English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or another test of English equivalency (such as the ECFMG for physicians who were foreign medical students). This requirement may be waived if prior academic experience and success in other United States colleges/universities or employment settings can be satisfactorily demonstrated;

  • Submission of a career goal statement and a current curriculum vitae or resume;

  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation from professional colleagues that speak to the applicant’s potential to do doc- toral work, transcripts and other documentation customarily required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies will be required.

  • Successful completion of an admission interview with the program faculty.

  • Students admitted to the Program must attend the on-campus new DHA student orientation. If an admitted applicant cannot at- tend the orientation, he/she will need to defer to another year.

Required Courses I (24 hours) DHA 700 - Leadership: Foundations and Strategies for Healthcare

3(3-0) DHA 702 - Probability and Statistics for the Health Professions

3(3-0) DHA 704 - Population Health 3(3-0) DHA 705 - Seminar in Public Health 1(1-0) DHA 706 - Quantitative Analysis in Health Organization 3(3-0) DHA 708 - Organizational Theory and Behavior for the Health

Professions 3(3-0) DHA 709 - Seminar in Health Dynamics: Current Issues, Trends

and Change 1(1-0) DHA 710 - Qualitative and Operational Analysis in Healthcare

3(3-0) DHA 712 - Research Methods and Practice for the Health Profes-

sions 3(3-0) DHA 713 - Seminar in Health Services Research 1(1-0)

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