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DHA Interprofessional Studies Program

The challenge to develop cost-effective, quality delivery systems responsive to policy initiatives requires a substantial increase in new knowledge and leadership skills. The long-term success of healthcare organizations will be directly linked to highly skilled, strategic leadership.

It is now recognized that professionals from many clinical disciplines must work together in teams in order to improve quality of care and patient safety. It is important to recognize the contributions each discipline brings to healthcare delivery and promote an effective team approach to care.

Our DHA-Interprofessional turns the CHP core philosophy into a degree, fostering collaborative thinking in future health care faculty, advocates and executives. The central theme of the DHA-IP curriculum is interprofessional practice building on the domains of change, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and health informatics. Leaders must begin to integrate this new knowledge in traditional subject areas with a vision of improved quality of care and enhances patient safety.


The DHA-IP program is a three-year curriculum, with new classes beginning each fall. Courses are taught by resident faculty along with nationally known visiting scholars. The program combines face-to-face meetings with internet-based instruction. Each semester students will be required to spend one long weekend on MUSC's campus attending classes. Two years of formal course work are provided through online presentations and asynchronous discussion. Papers and other required assignments are completed during home study between campus sessions. The third year of the program is devoted to individual, supervised doctoral project research.

Program objectives:

  • Development of leaders in interprofessional healthcare delivery to fulfill new roles in the evolving healthcare arena
  • Development of leadership skills necessary to ensure responsiveness and sustainability
  • Application of advanced team-building and decision-making skills in the clinical environment
  • Development of professionals who will apply theory to real world healthcare settings
  • Build long-term mutually beneficial professional relationships among an array of healthcare professionals and academicians


The DHA curriculum consists of 54 semester hours: 36 semester hours of core course work and 18 semester hours of doctoral project work. Course topics include interprofessional studies, health policy, strategic management, leadership, quality improvement, applied research, healthcare information resources, evidence-based decision-making, and management of change.

The curriculum features four clusters of skill areas, each of which requires its own progressive ladder of competency development:

  • Leadership
  • Applied Research
  • Health Policy
  • Interprofessional studies

Admission requirements:

  • Considerable experience (5 years minimum) in a clinical practice specialty
  • A post-baccalaureate professional degree or master's degree in health administration, business administration, public health, or public administration
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Job Opportunities:

It’s hard to imagine a more dynamic, fast-paced and rewarding field than health care. Individuals who possess a doctoral degree in health administration from MUSC/CHP gain unique competitive advantages. Armed with your DHA, you can pursue a career in academe, public policy/advocacy, or as a leader in a health care organization. Possessing a DHA gives you a clear, competitive edge in a dynamic marketplace.

Our focus on evidence-based medicine, leadership training, policy/advocacy, inter-professional learning, and whole-patient thinking puts CHP grads in high demand. Among the positions we expect our grads to assume:

  • University/college faculty member
  • Hospital quality officer
  • Association executive
  • Team building leader
  • Training Officer

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