This 100% online program prepares health professionals to become innovative leaders and problem solvers within the healthcare industry. By blending the theoretical with the practical, the coursework provides students with the holistic knowledge needed to transition into careers that improve and influence healthcare administration systems.
- Chair: Letha Williams, PhD
- Credits: 62
- Cost/Credit: $1000
- Total Cost: $62,000
- Length: 3-4 years on average (7-year max)
The Doctor of Health Administration degree program at A.T. Still University (ATSU) prepares health professionals to become innovative leaders and problem solvers within the healthcare industry. By blending the theoretical with the practical, the coursework of this advanced doctorate of health administration degree program provides students with the holistic knowledge needed to transition into careers that improve and influence healthcare administration systems.
Offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS), the respected Doctor of Health Administration degree program is designed to seamlessly integrate advanced business education that provides working healthcare professionals with advanced business strategies and innovative healthcare leadership insight.
ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies’ doctorate of health administration is a 62-credit-hour program, consisting of 14 core courses (42 credit-hours), and a dissertation (20 credit hours). Coursework for the Doctor of Health Administration degree is completed 100 percent online. The ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies program allows students tremendous flexibility, including the freedom to choose between an applied or theoretical dissertation.
ATSU’s unique partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) provides candidates invaluable access to industry professionals, in addition to outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields. Engage with a mentor of your choosing from the ACHE to help fulfill your dissertation and earn the esteemed credentials necessary to achieve your career goals.
The Doctor of Health Administration program offers a challenging, interdisciplinary educational experience that enables intellectual and professional advancement. The ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, and comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, and technical support.
CGHS instructors have diverse academic and working backgrounds in management and healthcare fields, and all hold doctoral degrees or are in the final stage of obtaining a doctorate. Their academic areas of interest include healthcare law, the economics of medical care, organizational theory and its effect in the health industry, health policy, the financing of healthcare, effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis in the healthcare industry, health information systems, quantitative methods and management science.
Dr. Williams has more than a decade of higher education experience in both teaching and administrative roles. She began with ATSU in 2010 as adjunct faculty, became a full-time Associate Professor later that year, and became Chair of the MHA and MPH programs in 2012. Her professional experience includes more than 30 years in leadership positions in healthcare organizations, including the American Red Cross, as well as hospitals, long-term-care facilities, and a home care agency. Her expertise is in market strategy development, organizational change and crisis management, team building, and leadership development. Dr. Williams has championed many growth-oriented strategic plans and marketing programs, developed and led award-winning teams, and coached supervisors, peers, and students who are currently making positive contributions to their organizations and disciplines.
Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership and maintains a research interest in leadership ethics. She also holds a Master degree in Public Administration with a healthcare emphasis earned at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor degree in journalism earned at Oakland University. She previously held appointments as department chair for the accelerated business programs at Baker College, and adjunct professor at Davenport University and Trident University International.
The Doctor of Health Administration degree curriculum is grounded in extensive research and provides a full continuum of healthcare specific knowledge and skills essential for effective industry leadership.
ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies provides broad training, integrated online instruction, directed readings, email and chat room interactions. The University’s mission-driven, context-based curriculum design assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments.
Academic areas of focus include:
- Healthcare law
- Economics of medical care
- Organizational theory and its effect on the health industry
- Health policy
- Financing of healthcare
- Effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis in the healthcare industry
- Health information systems
- Quantitative methods
- Management science
See more about the curriculum and course options on our website.
Doctor of Health Administration students are selected by an admission committee that considers the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, and personal motivation. Applicants must also currently hold a leadership position in healthcare or have experience (typically around three years) in healthcare.
Applicants must submit an official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution exhibiting the following:
- An accredited master's degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
For students using VA benefits, transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
If English is NOT your first language, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies via TOEFL exam.
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