The Doctorate of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership (DBAHCML) program is designed to help students perform applied research and transforms mature learners into leaders. While focusing on advanced decision-making skills and techniques, doctorate candidates also hone the research and writing skills that are required for the high-level of responsibility in academic and business environments. The program enables students to improve their analytical ability, strategic thinking, process implementation, beyond industry applications. The program prepares students for careers in the fields of managed care supervision, patient care management, healthcare services manager, regulatory analysis, and resource specialist. Students pursuing this specialization will focus on achieving Leadership in healthcare management, healthcare economics, healthcare information systems, and the ethics of healthcare. Individuals currently working in the healthcare industry and thinking about career advancement in management and consulting will receive more credibility and recognition from the marketplace.
Program Competencies and Learning Objectives
Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in specialized healthcare fields for a higher level of understanding for decision making in complex organizational environments.
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills for local and global healthcare business planning and decision making.
- Integrate knowledge across disciplines in the use of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for health care problem-solving.
- Identify and evaluate healthcare issues and opportunities that enhance prospects for optimum return on investments and creating value.
- Demonstrate entrepreneurial mindset and skills for starting and growing new healthcare ventures.
- Demonstrate creative research approaches to data collection, analysis, and synthesis of organizational effectiveness, change, and continuous improvement within a healthcare environment.
- Demonstrate informational literacy and computational thinking for effective and efficient use of technology.
- Demonstrate effective leadership skills for innovative and collaborative economic development.
- Develop diverse teams and foster teamwork through effective techniques through human resource management.
- Review business case studies and prepare theoretically-grounded arguments using peer-reviewed journals and appropriate scholarly writing styles.
Students must have successfully completed all courses in order to begin the Doctorate Dissertation. The Doctorate Dissertation must be selected, agreed upon, reviewed and approved by the assigned committee, Dean of Doctorate Studies, and Chief Academic Officer. The requirements for the Doctorate Dissertation include the final preparation, acceptance of the Dissertation, (based on established guidelines) and the candidate’s successful Presentation and Oral Defense, and the submission of two bound copies of the final paper to the Dean of Doctorate Studies for the candidate’s file.
- GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction
- GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review
- GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology
- GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings
- GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations
Students unable to complete the individual course requirements on their first attempt may remain enrolled in the course for an additional two attempts (GRC B and C). Failure to complete the course within three attempts, the initial and two additional attempts, will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. Only the initial course is a 3 credit course and the applicable tuition fees will apply. Students unable to complete the course on the initial attempt may continue on to the B and C series for no credit but will be responsible for the GRC B and/or GRC C fee.
Dismissed students may appeal their dismissal. If approved, students may return upon agreeing to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The second attempt at the course with an IEP starts at (D) and is considered a new course subject to full tuition fees. This course may be repeated once (E) subject to the GRC E fee.
Students that are dismissed or withdrawn during the dissertation phase and are approved to return will have to start from the beginning of the dissertation phase and will be responsible for any applicable fees.
The Doctorate of Business Administration program requires the completion of 60-semester units of coursework that include:
- Business Required Courses: 30 Units / 10 Courses
- Elective Courses: 15 Units / 5 Courses
- Dissertation: 15 Units
- Competency Assessment:
- Qualifying Exam
In addition to the preliminary admissions requirements listed above, an applicant for the Professional Doctorate program must meet and submit the following admission prerequisites:
- A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
- Evidence of having minimally two or more years of full-time, occupational experience, preferably at a managerial level, related to the Business Administration field
- Official transcripts showing the completion of a Master’s degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in a non-business related field, the Academic Department can evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctoral program.
- The applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) grade or higher.
The Doctorate Degree is conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:
- Successfully completed all required courses in the Doctorate curricula and have completed the minimal required Learning Time for each course and program
- Met the study time residency requirement for degree completion and award
- Achieved at least 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
- Successfully passed the Competency Assessment
- Successfully passed the Qualifying Examination
- Be cleared of all indebtedness and other obligations to CALUNIVERSITY
- Be recommended for graduation by the Faculty and Academic Department
- Successfully complete and pass an Oral Defense of the Dissertation
- Submission of two bound copies of the final Dissertation
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