Frequently Asked Questions - DHA Program
Applying to the Program
About the Program
- How is the DHA degree different than a PhD?
- What are the differences between the various programs of the DHA degree?
- How long is the program?
- What if I cannot make it to a DHA Executive on-campus session because of a work conflict?
- What is the tuition rate and what does it cover?
- Is financial aid available?
- When can I apply?
How is the DHA degree different than a PhD?
The DHA is an applied professional degree emphasizing the solving of real-world problems or addressing issues of practical concern. The PhD is a research oriented degree emphasizing generation of new knowledge.
- The "Executive" track of the DHA program is designed to meet the intellectual and career development needs of senior healthcare and health policy executives who are actively engaged as leaders. The program is offered in a web based format and requires three on campus extended weekend visits to campus per year during the didactic portion of coursework (one per semester during the first 2 years, during the spring semester of the second year the in person session is a week long Health Policy Challenge Experience in Washington, DC).
- The “Interprofessional Leadership” track of the DHA program focuses on the development of interprofessional leaders in health policy, strategic management and healthcare quality. Students will be practicing clinicians who currently hold or who are seeking leadership positions to influence health care practice. The program is offered in a web based format and requires three on campus extended weekend visits to campus per year (one per semester during the first 2 years, typically in September, January & June).
The program is designed to be completed in 3 years. Some students take longer, however the program must be completed within 7 years of admission.
What if I cannot make it to a DHA on campus session because of a work conflict?
These sessions are integral to the program and are a manditory part of each course. Curriculum plans that include the dates of all on-campus sessions are provided prior to enrollment. Generally, if an unexpected conflict arises the student can take the class with the next year's cohort of students, however this would add time to the completion of the program.
What is the tuition rate and what does it cover?
Academic charges for the current academic cycle can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/esl/em/records/fees.html . Tuition and fees do not include travel expenses to Charleston for the on campus sessions.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid services are available and can be found at http://www.musc.edu/em/financialmanagement/
When can I apply?
Applications for Fall 2019 will begin being accepted in October. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, however we encourage all applications to be submitted by the end of May prior to the fall semester of enrollment.