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Doctor of Health Administration | Course Descriptions

DHA-801. Financial Management. The focus of this course will be to improve the executive’s ability to use financial information for strategic decision making. This will be accomplished through a review of the concepts and methods for financial analysis for healthcare organizations. This includes capital investment analysis with an emphasis on valuation, benchmarking, and marginal analysis. 3 s.h.

DHA-804. Community and Global Health. This course is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of community and global health concepts and issues.  This course covers demographic measurement, epidemiological methods, outcome assessment, health promotion and disease prevention from a managerial perspective.  Major issues concerning community health status and health risks will be explored.  In addition, the significance of global health issues, and their varying relationships to U. S. national security and public health policies, will be analyzed.

Community health: This course will introduce the student to the concept of using epidemiology as a managerial tool in designing, planning, implementing, and evaluation health care for populations.  Emphasis will be placed on basic epidemiologic principles and methods, and their role in managing health care services for a community or population.  Goals of this course component include: (1) enabling students to understand what is meant by epidemiology, as the basic science for community health and health care management; (2) enabling students to understand that epidemiology provides needed information for disease prevention, treatment of disease, and management of health care services; (3) providing an opportunity for students to apply epidemiologic methods and reasoning to health problems, as well as health care managerial decisions; and (4) increasing the ability of students to comprehend and evaluate health care literature.

Global health: This course will introduce the student to the range of public health, health policy and national security issues in the U. S. that have been created by ongoing developments in global health.  Issues to be covered include the spread of new and emerging infectious diseases, and their impact on global and domestic travel, migration, tourism, trade and economic development; and the growing threat of bioterrorism.  Goals of this course component include: (1) enabling students to understand the inevitable relationships between health administration leadership and the changing global health environment; (2) showing students how global health developments lead to new issues for U. S. health managers and policymakers; (3) providing an opportunity for students to examine current global health issues, including HIV/AIDS and bioterrorism; and (4) increasing the ability of students to apply global health knowledge to their own professions and work environments. 3 s.h.

DHA-807. Managing Health Care Information. This course provides a senior-level view of the issues surrounding the adoption and use of information technology in health care. Students gain insight into national initiatives underway to further the development, expansion, and deployment of health care information systems (including clinical applications such as electronic health records, e-prescribing, provider order entry, disease management) and discuss their ramifications at the state and local levels. Issues surrounding the management of health information resources at the institutional level are also explored including topics such as strategic information systems planning; system selection and implementation; IT governance and management; IT budgeting; management’s role in major IT initiatives; assessing and achieving value of health care information systems. 3 s.h.

DHA-861. Foundations in Leadership. This class serves as an introduction to leadership course challenging students to explore their understanding of the importance of leadership in healthcare.  Students will utilize the knowledge and skill they acquire through academic literature, research, and discussions as they participate in class discussions and exercises.  In this process students are challenged to expand their current leadership skills in an interdisciplinary healthcare environment and critical thinking abilities.  Students will also improve understand of leadership in its historical context by analyzing the behavior and accomplishments of well-known leaders in history and literature. 3 s.h.

DHA-865. Seminar in National Health Policy. This course builds on the knowledge of the general health policymaking process provided in Foundations in Health Policy (DHA-868).  It is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the structure and functioning of the health policy process, particularly at the national level.  The central didactic component of this class consists of a series of visits to Federal health agencies and health professional organization offices in Washington, DC.  These sessions will include presentations by and discussions with agency and other policy-relevant health professionals. Prerequisites: DHA-868 3 s.h.

DHA-866. Applied Research.  This course provides students in the Doctorate of Health Administration program with an introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies that are used in health services research.  The course enables students to understand the key elements of a research proposal and study. The student will begin developing skills in framing a researchable problem, formulating a research question or query, and designing a methodological approach.  In addition, the course aims to enhance students’ critical thinking skills in evaluating published research studies.  3 s.h.

DHA-867. Quantitative Methods for Research.  This course is designed to give students the skills to use data sets and conduct quantitative analysis to address research questions. The course will use actual public-use secondary data sets to provide students experience with data management. The course will also provide presentation of statistical principles and methods most commonly used in health services research. Finally, the course will prepare students in the use of SPSS statistical analysis software. 3 s.h.

DHA-868. Foundations in Health Policy.  This course is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the structure and functioning of the health policy process, particularly at the national level.  Macro and micro-level models of the health policymaking process, and the operation of policy marketplaces, are described in the lectures and readings, along with applications of the models to health policymaking cases.  There is a special focus on examining the current and possible future tradeoffs at the national government level between health services delivery preferences, and growing resource limitations. 3 s.h.

DHA-870. Advanced Techniques in Applied Research. This is an advanced seminar on principles and techniques for designing and implementing health care and managerial research studies. Students will learn to critically assess the literature and develop a ”mini” dissertation proposal based on a topic of interest to them. The course will build on topics and research methods introduced in HAP 866 (Applied Research). Prerequisites: DHA-866. 3 s.h.

DHA-871. Management of Change. This course focuses on the leadership and management of change in an organizational setting. Specifically, the course seeks to help students understand the dynamic relationship between external demands for change and internal objectives to meet stakeholder demand. The course will focus on organizational development strategies as well as individual negotiation skills to facilitate organizational change in the healthcare setting. 3 s.h.

DHA-872. Seminar in Health Services Leadership. This class serves as the cumulative leadership course in the DHA program. You will apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired through academic literature, research and lectures as you participate in online and class discussions and exercises. This course will synthesize all the portions of the program and your experiences in your careers leading to potential changes and personal growth. 3 s.h.

DHA-873. Advanced Information Systems. This class introduces students to general systems theory and its application to healthcare management.   Later theories are covered that include a substantial component or variant of systems theory.  These include population ecology, resource dependency, complexity theory, chaos theory, and quantum theory.   Theorists that incorporate systems approaches are also studied, such as Charles Perrow and Peter Senge.  Students are expected to apply these approaches in evaluating their personal management style and philosophy, and in conducting an organizational case study. 3 s.h.

DHA-874. Interprofessional Studies.
This course provides the foundation for health professionals to serve as interprofessional leaders in health professions education and health care delivery.  Through course activities, students will learn concepts and issues in interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice.  These include interprofessional competency frameworks, effective team work principles and models for team performance in health care, research in interprofessional education and practice, and approaches to interprofessional learning. 3 s.h.

DHA-875. Comparative Effectiveness in Health Services Research. This course is the rigorous evaluation of the impact of different options that are available for treating a given medical condition for a particular set of patients. Topics include, 1) a review of research designs and statistics methods for comparative effectiveness research, 2) measurement of efficacy, effectiveness, cost and quality of life, 3) benchmarks for economic value, cost effectiveness, cost utility, and budget impact, 4) mathematical approaches for estimating expected outcomes; decision trees and Markov models. Use of current literature will be required as a means to examine examples of good and bad study design. Prerequisites: DHA 866, DHA 867. 3 s.h.

DHA-876. Evidence-Based Health Care. 
This course will provide an introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of healthcare among multiple disciplines.  What is considered evidence by different professions is covered. The course begins with the literature review of EBM, research methods, development of relevant clinical questions and moves to successful search strategies, ending with the application of the evidence to improving quality of care.
3 s.h.

DHA-878. Advanced Information Systems.
Comprehensive study of the role and impact of IT (Information Technology) in health services organizations. Specific emphasis on the role IT plays from clinical and managerial perspectives. Topics include electronic health record, clinical decision support, privacy, patient safety, and security and confidentiality.3 s.h.

DHA-990. Doctoral Project.  Upon completion of the Doctoral Project, credit will be applied to complete the degree requirements. Specific guidelines for the Project and Committee composition are outlined in the DHA Policy Manual. 9 s.h.

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