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1 School of Advanced Studies Doctor Of Health Administration The mission of the Doctor of Health Administration degree program is to develop healthcare leaders by educating them in the areas of active inquiry, critical thought, and scholarly dialogue. The program prepares students from diverse backgrounds to: lead and meet the demands of rapidly changing healthcare organizations; shape the structure of complex health systems and their future evolution; contribute to the existing body of knowledge through publication of innovative and timely research in well-respected, peer reviewed journals and presentations at reputable conferences. DHA 003 Requirements The Doctor Of Health Administration requires a minimum of 62 credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses. DOC700 Developing The Doctoral Identity This foundational course is designed to promote active doctorallevel inquiry and establish the School of Advanced Studies' integrated scholarship, practice, and leadership approach. Students participate in structured activities and guided dialogue to strengthen their understanding of the doctoral program requirements and expectations for doctoral-level thinking, research, informed voice, and community building. Students will demonstrate the initiative needed to take next steps in their intellectual/doctoral journey through iterative improvements to critical thinking, reading and writing skills by applying faculty feedback, writing resources, and personal insights to a doctorallevel writing assignment. Competencies: Explain how the scholarship-practice-leadership program mission, structure, and resources align with personal context and goals. Self-assess doctoral program readiness, including detailed strategies to successfully engage at the doctoral level. Apply critical inquiry to thinking, reading, and writing skills across multiple contexts and boundaries to create original, substantive analysis and synthesis. Interpret and create an effective response to faculty feedback that promotes continuous improvement. Explore research interests to properly align with the chosen program domain of study. Engage in community building practices relevant to doctoral level education. (1 credits) LDR711A Leadership Theory And Practice This course provides an opportunity for students to examine leadership from various theoretical and practical perspectives in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will identify and develop leadership skills to enhance their role as a scholar, practitioner, and leader within their organizations. Competency A: Analyze historical, theoretical, and practical leadership concepts and concerns through doctoral-level research. Competency B: Synthesize, contextualize, and evaluate leadership models and theories. Competency C: Articulate the relationship between the theory and practice of leadership. Competency D: Analyze the role of leadership in fostering organizational development and innovation. Competency E: Integrate personal experience, scholarly inquiry, and reflexive approaches to learning and development. DOC705R Creative And Critical Thinking RES709 Research Conceptualization And Design DHA711 Administration Of Complex Health Care Systems Students will focus on administration of complex health systems rather than singular organizations. Topics include organizational analysis, strategic planning, multi-organizational management issues, and evolving governance structures. Students are expected to discuss and critically analyze theories and methods in health care administration. This course is intended to serve as an arena for discussion and inquiry regarding both current and historical issues in strategic decision-making at the policy and the organizational level. Competencies: Analyze the environmental context of complex health care systems. Examine the structure and leadership of complex health care systems and subsystems. Apply organizational and administrative theories and methods to improve performance in diverse health care systems. Analyze the influence of health system governance structures on leadership and organizational structures. Examine the alignment of an organization's strategic planning to its mission, vision, and philosophy. Describe resource generation and allocation strategies including human, financial, technological, and physical resources. Evaluate strategies to manage and measure the change process for effective and efficient organizational performance. DHA715 Risk Management In Complex Health Organizations RES710 Statistical Research Methods And Design I For more information about this program, including important consumer disclosures, please visit Doctor Of Health Administration Program Summary 1

2 DOC720R Doctoral Seminar I DHA721 Health Care Economics This course focuses on the application of economic theory to the amount, organization, and distribution of health care services in the United States. Students will apply principles such as supply and demand, margin analysis, and cost effectiveness analysis. Students will discuss issues and controversies surrounding the governmentâs role in financing and regulating health services. Competency A: Analyze the role and applications of economic principles within current health systems. Competency B: Evaluate the application of the tools to address economic issues for health care decision making. Competency C: Assess the impact and evolution of cost containment initiatives within the current health care marketplace and their impact on health care organizations and systems. Competency D: Examine current and future economic challenges in a global health care marketplace. RES720 Statistical Research Methods And Design II DHA722 Policy And Regulation In Health Care Contemporary administration requires a thorough understanding of the federal policy and regulatory development process. Students analyze the history of health financing legislation, as well as regulatory implications of both the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This course examines the impact of emerging social, ethical, legal, and political issues on the future of the health care system. Emphasis is on the creation of innovative models of health care delivery. Competency A: Analyze the historical foundations of health policy and its reform in the United States. Competency B: Assess the combined effects of emerging social, ethical, legal, and political forces on health care systems. Competency C: Generate initiatives that address possible gaps in current health care policy and delivery. Competency D: Evaluate the leadership styles, societal variables, and market forces that influence health care policy in the global environment. RES724 Qualitative Methods And Design This class presumes some basic understanding of the foundations and underlying assumptions in the field of qualitative research as well as examples of practice. Building upon this preexisting foundational understanding, the purpose of the class is to enhance studentsâ understanding and craft through reading, writing, and reflecting on the practice of qualitative inquiry. Specific focus is on the design and development of qualitative research studies. Competency A: Differentiate between the various qualitative designs i.e. phenomenological, case study, ethnographic, grounded theory, and content analysis. Competency B: Evaluate the alignment of the qualitative designs to identified problems. Competency C: Evaluate the components of qualitative data collection and the appropriateness of each approach to an expressed conceptual framework. Competency D: Analyze the limitations of qualitative research and approaches for overcoming research challenges. Competency E: Analyze issues and concerns regarding the concepts of reliability and validity as they relate to qualitative research. Competency F: Address ethical issues that are inherent in qualitative research. Competency G: Develop a research methodology for a study incorporating best practices of the qualitative design chosen. DHA714 Health Care Marketing Survival of health care institutions is primarily dependent on how well marketing succeeds at acquiring market share. This course examines key marketing concepts within the health care industry. Learners will examine the financial success of health care institutions from a market share perspective including pricing, promotion, and distribution of services. Competency A: Analyze marketing principles relevant to health care. Competency B: Apply evidence-based research to assess internal and external health care marketing methods and opportunities. Competency C: Examine the role of strategic marketing in health care in acquiring and maintaining market share. Competency D: Analyze contemporary issues that affect health care marketing. Competency E: Produce effective marketing communication strategies for relevant stakeholders. Doctor Of Health Administration Program Summary 2

3 DHA723 Executive Information Systems This course focuses on the use of financial systems, decision modeling programs, and advanced clinical information systems in formulating the strategic direction of modern health care systems. Practical experience using the University's information technology partners introduces students to the richness of modern data systems. Simulations include quality improvement applications, including statistical process control methodology. Competency A: Evaluate evidenced based ramifications of evolving e-health applications. Competency B: Analyze effectiveness of security mechanisms in a healthcare provider organization. Competency C: Assess the challenges associated with integrating e-health applications. Competency D: Assess the influence of e-health and telemedicine trends. Competency E: Analyze the quality cost paradigm related to the transition from legacy systems to e-health applications. Competency F: Utilize current and future challenges in healthcare analytics to monitor implementation, adoption, and unanticipated outcomes. DHA724 Globalization Of Health Care This course focuses on global health care systems with the objective of improving the U.S. health care systems. Topics include global health issues, advocacy organizations, comparative political processes, and the economic of health financing. Students will understand the role of various international governing structures on health policy development. Competency A: Evaluate how government, market, and other forces affect methods used to finance health care systems. Competency B: Compare national and international health care systems. Competency C: Evaluate health care and health administration opportunities in international health care systems. Competency D: Analyze the effect of cost, access, and quality on the structure and delivery of national health care, including implications for special populations with special needs. Competency E: Assess collaborative policies and practices for meeting global health care challenges. Competency F: Determine evaluation criteria of health care systems' effectiveness and value. DOC723 Doctoral Seminar II DHA731 Population Health And Epidemiology The science of epidemiology is essential for projecting the population health needs, and appropriate allocation of public and private resources. This course focuses on the utilization of epidemiologic studies and techniques as a basis for health care policy and administrative decision-making. Students will apply this science in the analysis of emerging health epidemics and diseases. Competency A: Analyze the role and applications of epidemiology in health care. Competency B: Evaluate the tools used in epidemiologic evaluation and assessment of disease. Competency C: Apply epidemiology concepts to health care issues and organizations. Competency D: Interpret epidemiologic research in relation to its applications by health care professionals and organizations. DOC733R Doctoral Seminar III DOC734R Doctoral Seminar IV DHA732 Evaluation Of Health Care Programs This course prepares the contemporary health administrator to utilize research methodologies in making decisions regarding the cost effectiveness of specific health programs. Case studies will be used that incorporate disease-specific programs, communitywide health interventions, and population-specific care management programs across a variety of health settings. RES727 Approaches To Phenomenological Inquiry And Data Analysis Course Description This course is designed to provide advanced graduate students with instruction in qualitative phenomenological approaches as applied to social science research with the primary focus on data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. The course will emphasize individual and group interviewing as techniques for phenomenological data collection. Focus is placed on analysis approaches appropriate for and relevant to phenomenological research. Differentiate between transcendental and hermeneutic phenomenology. Develop a phenomenologic attitude toward researching a phenomenon. Develop and refine research questions to align with phenomenological research design. Apply phenomenologic concepts, tools, and techniques to data analysis of a phenomenon. Develop and refine a research tool and interviewing techniques to elicit desired data. Doctor Of Health Administration Program Summary 3

4 Analyze techniques for presenting research findings based on phenomenologic orientation. Evaluate reliability, internal and external validity, and transferability in phenomenological inquiry. RES728 Qualitative Case Study Course Description: This course is designed to provide advanced graduate students with instruction in qualitative case study research approaches as applied to social science research. The course will emphasize individual and group interviewing as techniques for qualitative case study data collection. This course is particularly useful for advanced doctoral students who plan to conduct a qualitative dissertation. Focus is placed on analysis approaches appropriate for and relevant to case study research. Explain the epistemological stance, uses, and approaches of case study research. Determine how to define the boundaries of a case to address research issues. Articulate the influence of the researcher on the process and outcomes of a research study. Determine the types of data that can be collected from a defined case. Determine appropriate methods for sample selection and data collection for a defined case. Apply appropriate data analysis and /or interpretation techniques to a set of case study data. Evaluate reliability and validity in case study inquiry. Evaluate the ethical issues involved in choosing a sample, gathering data and reporting the results of case study research. cultural and social anthropology. Examine philosophies and methodologies underpinning ethnographic research. Determine appropriate ethnographic design, data collection methods, and analysis techniques for various applications. Apply ethnographic design to an identified researchable issue. Analyze ethnographic results to present findings appropriately to stakeholders. RES745 Grounded Theory Methods This course is designed to provide advanced graduate students with instruction in higher level qualitative approaches that was originally applied to social science research; but can now be found in the fields of business, education, and health care, where the research objective is the development of theory through data saturation. Building upon an existing understanding of qualitative inquiry, students explore the concept of data within grounded theory as well as the techniques and processes traditionally found within grounded theory, such as the constant comparative method and situational analysis. Focus is placed on the steps and procedures for analyzing data primarily through interviews and focus groups within the grounded theory context. RES729 Ethnomethodology And The Study Of Culture In this course, students will build knowledge of and competence with data analysis techniques developed in the anthropological tradition of ethnography. Integrating data from multiple collection methods (e.g. observational field notes, interviews, analyses of cultural artifacts), students will develop coding/thematic grouping protocols as well as strategies to develop findings into comprehensive interpretation of a particular culture. The course will conclude with a comprehensive overview of the process and practice of writing up ethnographic texts, centering largely on thick description as a critical mode of representation. Explore the theoretical evolution of ethnography through Doctor Of Health Administration Program Summary 4

5 RES746 Mixed Methods The Mixed-Methods course focuses on both conceptual issues surrounding the use of mixed methods in business, education, nursing and social science research and the analysis of data using mixed methods. The course will involve scrutiny of published mixed-method research throughout, and uses published research for reference purposes throughout the course. Students are expected to develop skills in mixed-method research by engaging in actual analysis of data using mixed methods. Thus, the course will blend conceptualization, design, and analysis. Content of the course represents a clear recognition of the importance of mixed methods in research and the growing importance of a solid knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative approaches -- and their blending -- to actually design and conduct meaningful doctoral level research. Competencies: Explain the nature of the mixed method research method and the various approaches to conducting mixed method research. Justify the application of an appropriate mixed method research design to a research problem. Create research questions (hypotheses) that align with the application of a given mixed method design and research problem Apply appropriate knowledge, theories, analytical skills, and methodology in a substantive interest area using a mixed method design. Determine appropriate sampling approaches, sample size, and data saturation/statistical power for the qualitative and quantitative phases in mixed method research studies. Compare qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques and instrumentation and their application in mixed method research studies. Align qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques and procedures with a given mixed method design, variables and phenomena, and data. Evaluate the qualitative and quantitative validity concerns in mixed method research studies. RES725 Descriptive And Comparative Data Analysis Course Description This course focuses on statistical analysis methods and reporting of results when describing and comparing data from groups. Learners will explore the assumptions, advantages, limitations, and appropriate applications of these quantitative approaches. The methods covered will include comparison of means for various forms of data including multiple means using methods of basic and advanced factorial ANOVA. Multivariate comparisons will also be explored under conditions of multiple independent and dependent variables using techniques including Hotelling s T 2, MANOVA, and related techniques. Depending on the learners needs, other approaches may be covered. Demonstrate understanding of nonparametric testing procedures and parallel parametric procedures and when to use them. Select appropriate data analysis procedures for a quantitative research design. Perform statistical analysis using the appropriate software. Interpret results of quantitative data analysis procedures. Evaluate the reliability and validity of quantitative data analysis procedures and result reporting. RES726 Correlational Methods Of Analysis This course focuses on statistical approaches to analysis and reporting when examining bivariate and multivariate relationships among variables. Learners will explore the underlying assumptions, advantages, limitations and appropriate application of correlation/regression based approaches to data analysis. The course will cover basic correlation methods, simple and multiple regression techniques, and advanced multivariate procedures including factor analysis and structural equation models. Depending on the learners needs, other approaches may be covered. DOC741 Doctoral Dissertation DHA733 Contemporary Leadership Issues This seminar focuses on the application of new knowledge in creating new policies and models in the administration of health programs. Learners will explore contemporary issues and their impact on emerging leadership and management theory. Learners will demonstrate integration of knowledge. Competency A: Create new leadership models to explain, predict, and improve performance of the structure, processes, and outcomes of health care organizations. Competency B: Research contemporary leadership challenges in health care. Competency C: Apply leadership and decision-making models to complex systems and policy-making. DOC742 Doctoral Project IV DOC741R Annual Renewal Residency Demonstrate understanding of how and when to use various quantitative data analysis procedures. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org). For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit Please note: A typical schedule, including progression and title of courses, may vary by location and modality. Please contact an Enrollment Representative for more information. Doctor Of Health Administration Program Summary 5

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