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Doctor of Health Administration

Central Michigan University



Created to be cutting edge, academically sound, practice based, and flexible, the online Doctor of Health Administration degree program from Central Michigan University guides students as they learn to combine theory and practice in ways that allow them to make a substantive contribution to their organization, as well as the larger community of healthcare administration.

This online doctorate in health administration is an excellent program for those individuals who are looking to develop their knowledge of leadership, change management, and "influence strategies" that are so important in the healthcare administration field.

Throughout this online degree in healthcare administration, students will partake in a number of courses that guide them in their study of a variety of topics, including:

  • Strategic thinking, planning processes and associated content areas
  • The science and art of human interaction at the individual, group and organizational levels, focusing on improving healthcare organizations
  • Impact of communication environments and organizational designs on group and organizational communication
  • Health communication, informatics, and information technology and the concomitant impact on organizations and health systems
  • Contemporary models in healthcare delivery systems to include relationship building, collaboration, mergers and acquisitions
  • Healthcare economic realities, financial planning and decision-making, and how these impact leadership and organizational effectiveness
  • The interaction of healthcare policy, regulation, and community and how healthcare professionals can positively impact these areas; # The application of qualitative, quantitative, and research methods in order to evaluate and apply decision-making concepts in healthcare organizations
  • Contemporary human resource issues facing healthcare administrators such as diversity, poverty, human rights, sexism, racism, and unionization
  • Use of online and print media to locate scholarly and applied resources to include Internet usage
  • The role of values and ethics in contemporary healthcare organizations

This online health administration doctorate degree program was created specifically for leaders it the health-care field, and was designed to be completed in 3 years but also offers a 5-year Plan for interested individuals. Coursework is conducted online but also does require travel approximately seven (7) times throughout the program to attend a mandatory orientation and six seminars, four of which are currently held on the campus of CMU in Mt. Pleasant, MI, with the remaining two seminars at selected locations.

Students must have a master's degree or have a professional doctorate from a U.S. regionally accredited university.

Accreditation Information

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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