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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. Managed care plans and integrated delivery systems provide services to defined populations. Service planning requires that managers must understand the health status and health risks of the service population in order to provide high quality care at the lowest possible cost. This course covers demographic measurement, epidemiological methods, outcomes assessment, health promotion, and disease prevention from a managerial perspective. 3 s.h.

DHA-807. Managing Healthcare 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-810. Introduction to Adult Learning. This course provides students in the Doctor of Health Administration program with an introduction to factors that contribute to adult learning and components of effective adult instruction. This course is designed for health care professionals who take part or will take part in the informal or formal teaching of other adults. This course will introduce students to the major theories of learning. Students also will explore the concept of learning styles and the instructional design process, from analysis to evaluation. Because of the significant role technology plays in today's adult learning environments, students also will be introduced to how computers, multimedia tools, and other educational technologies can be used to provide access and meet diverse needs of learners. 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-863. Foundations in Strategic Management. An advanced seminar on principles of strategic management applied to health care organizations and integrated delivery systems. Critical assessment of literature and case studies on strategic formulation, implementation and evaluation. Examination of alternative strategic frameworks of health care organizations. Topics include mission and vision statement development, external environmental assessment and determination of opportunities and threats, internal environmental analysis and determination of strengths and weaknesses, critical success factors, strategic objectives, linking strategy and budgets through business planning, establishing the culture for strategic management, and strategic control. 3 s.h.

DHA-864. Quality Improvement. An advanced seminar on principles and techniques of continuous quality improvement applied to patient care and management of services in health care organizations and integrated delivery systems. Critical assessment of literature and case studies on quality improvement. Topics include: the importance of leadership in establishing quality as an essential component of the organizational culture; planning and operating a quality improvement program; and techniques for measuring the effectiveness of continuous quality improvement in the organization. 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. Foundations in Applied Research. This course provides students in the Doctor 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 will provide a conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a systems model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding how health leaders can approach the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives, and those of their organizations. 3 s.h.

DHA-869. Leadership II: Negotiation, Mediation, Conflict Management and Working with Professionals. This course will provide an understanding of theory and practice in negotiation, mediation and conflict management. In addition, management issues related to working with professionals and utilizing team approaches to problem-solving will be covered. Material and cases covered will relate specifically to applications with health care environments. 3 s.h.

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

DHA-871. Management of Change. This course focuses on leadership and management of in an organizational setting. Specifically, the course seeks to students understand the dynamic relationship between external demands for change and internal objectives to meet stakeholder. The course a 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. Leadership III. 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 Systems Thinking. The topics covered in this course will vary, depending on currently important issues in health administration and leadership. Students will have significant input into the selection of topics, and will participate in course development. The faculty members(s) teaching this course will also vary, depending on the topics selected for each student cohort. 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 Healthcare. 
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.

Last Published with Edits:March 26, 2014 2:23 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2013

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