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Health Administration Ed.D.

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Health Administration, Ed.D.


Doctorate Program

The doctorate program in health administration provides health professionals with the skill sets demanded by today's healthcare environment. The only certainty is uncertainty. Our program provides trainees with a solid didactic preparation as well as training in health analytics and critical thinking. It is these skill sets that are a hallmark of our program. Graduates are trained to critically appraise and evaluate complex situations.

The above skills sets are transferred through extensive preparation in research and analysis, epidemiology, organizational behavior, law and policy, and finance. With an EdD in health administration from D'Youville, graduates will be prepared to meet the increasing demand in all sectors of healthcare including academic, health care based, and government. D'Youville graduates have gone on to assume leadership roles in the healthcare industry, as well as attaining faculty positions in institutions of higher learning.

The curriculum involves 72 hours of advanced graduate work. The curriculum is comprised of a mix of coursework in healthcare organization, finance, law, policy, epidemiology, analytics, and research methods.


Course Requirements

Health Administration
Degree: ED.D.

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
DHA 608

Research Methodology & Design

This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including collection of data. Emphasis is placedon the professional as producer and consumer of research.

Prequisites: MAT-123

DHA 615

Health Systems Organization & ManagementManagement

This course brings together students with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences as consumers, providers within health care organizations and policy makers to critically examine the organizational and management concepts that influence planning and decision making. The emphasis is on studying the various forms of health organizations as well as administrative behaviors used in adaptation and policy development.

Prequisites: None

DHA 616

HR Mgt in Health Care Organizations

The course will present the design of programs for the maximizing of employees and institutional contributions in the health care service area. The course will address the grouping of professionals,paraprofessionals and skilled and non-skilled workers into an efficient and effective work group. The course will review labor relations and union organizations in the health care area and review legal aspects of personnel management.

Prequisites: None

DHA 648

Financial Management in Health Care

This course is designed to introduce the learner to a broad range of concepts and skills involved in planning, budgeting and controlling in health care organizations. The emphasis in this course is on managerial as opposed to financial accounting and on issues carried out at the department or organizational level rather than the system level. This course is required for the long-term care certificate.

Prequisites: None

DHA 652

Health Care Economics

This course introduces the learner to descriptive and exploratory health care economics including the operation of health care markets, supply and demand issues in health care, market competition, market power, and reform in the health care market. The public policymaking process in the United States will be explored on a national and state level, along with health policy reform, current significant policy issues, development of the U.S. health care system, and comparison with health care systems in other industrialized countries. Participants in the course track and analyze public policy issues and explore major health policy references and sites.

Prequisites: None

DHA 653

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health CareOrganizations

This course addresses legal and ethical issues frequently encountered by health care managers. Topics include the constitutional basis for government support of health care services and constraints that law and regulation impose on the health care industry. Bioethical theory, policy formulation and decision making in the professional setting are also included. Specific problems discussed include such issues as the right to health care, allocation of scarce resources, human experimentation, choices regarding death, liability of health care providers and governing board and medical and health care staff responsibilities.

Prequisites: None

DHA 657

Advanced Decision Making

This course examines a variety of advanced quantitative methods useful for analyzing and evaluating decision making in health care systems. It is designed to improve the learners ability to use analytical techniques now seen as necessary for formulating strategic or operative plans for a health care organization.

Prequisites: DHA-669

DHA 660

Applied Biostatistics

The course has an emphasis on the application and interpretation of statistical tests commonly employed in epidemiologic and health services research. This course will emphasize statistical concepts and the application of statistical methods to test hypothesis in data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions,point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing for means,proportions, elementary non-parametric techniques, tests for categorical data,ANOVA,correlations and introduction to regression methods. Students will be introduced to SPSS in weekly laboratory sessions to learn how to import and manipulate data sets and perform data analysis using statistical methods covered in the course.

Prequisites: None

DHA 669

Improving Performance of Health Systems

This course is designed specifically for managers in health care organizations who want to develop knowledge and skills in planning, measurement and communicating the performance of their organization. This course is targeted to those students who desire a master’s degree in health services administration and have achieved the level of knowledge and skill associated with understanding the structure and function of health care systems as well as basics in measurement as applied to planning, budgeting and controlling within organizations. Students will learn how to respond to the convergence of forces driving the study of the performance of health care systems today. The emphasis is on how to assess the performance of processes and outcomes of health care delivery systems and what to assess.Students will learn how to design, implement and evaluate the performance of their organization as well as how to contribute to and use uniform datasets.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: HSA-648

DHA 682

Managerial Epidemiology

Epidemiology is the student of the distribution and determinants of disease in human populations. Managerial epidemiology is the application of the principles and tools of epidemiology to the practice of management. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of epidemiology and demonstrate how these principles may be applied to the various functions of health services administrators/managers, such as planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling. Through these principles students will learn how measurement of health-related outcomes and delivery of health services is a critical component of each of these functions.

Prequisites: None

DHA 700

Health Policy

Policymaking has a profound effect on all aspects of health care delivery from the invention and marketing of new health modalities to insuring individuals against catastrophic loss. Indeed,all the major stakeholders in the health care system have an interest in sound health care decisions at all levels. This course will explore the relationship of technology, business and government in the creation and implementation of sound policies that address unmet medical needs and promote the public good. Through the liberal use of case studies, the student will be exposed to international policies and policy making and the impact that process has on individual health.

Prequisites: None

DHA 701

Systems Thinking

Providing health care to a diverse population requires the integration of a complex system of suppliers and consumers. Any system aimed at controlling health care costs needs to simultaneously the control quality of the care provided and the efficiency of providing that care. This course will introduce students to a more systems-oriented approach to understanding healthcare delivery that includes qualitative and quantitative engineering of integrated networks of healthcare providers, supply chain management, and consumer preferences to optimize health outcomes and reduce costs.

Prequisites: None

DHA 702

Communications Leadership

This course examines problems and strategies of communications in the many environments that surround and affect health services institutions. It is designed to assess communications processes; determine problems, successes and failures in communications; and improve one’s ability to communicate in both individual and organizational settings. It emphasizes the use of cases, incident processes and survey methodologies to analyze and improve institutional communications.

Prequisites: None

DHA 703

Health Care Systems: Law & Policy

This course examines a set of legal problems and policy issues that are common to the human services of medicine and education. Among the topics are the rights of the client and the provider, the right of the patient to refuse life-saving care, informed consent, the rights of the mentally ill, regulating access to treatment, malpractice, the right to health care and education, inequalities in the provision of health and education services and the social imperatives for ameliorating our system of human services.

Prequisites: None

DHA 704

Finance and Controls

This course examines the trends, current conditions and future prospects for financing health services in the U.S. Demographic, economic and political contexts are examined as well as the roles of federal, state and private support of our institutions. Constraints and incentives facing managers of human services institutions in the profit-seeking, private non-profit and public sectors of society are contrasted. Emphasis is placed on different strategies employed to review goals, secure revenue and control the mission and the personnel required to accomplish the aims of the institution.

Prequisites: None

DHA 705

Health InformaticsIn Health Care

This course provides an in depth review of the use of information technology in health care. The course will consider how information systems have developed to support the business and clinical requirements of the health care delivery system. Most important, the course will assess reasons for recent expansion in health information technology and consider the potential impact of this with an emphasis on both the cost and quality of health care services.

Prequisites: None

DHA 706

Population Health

Topics covered are epidemiological studies of health problems that have been influential in the formation of health care policy, the ideological and political uses to which such data are put, and discussions of emerging health problems. Health Policy and Politics are examined in contemporary terms and in context with the health of the peoples involved.

Prequisites: None

DHA 707

Eval Health Care System

This course provides an in-depth coverage of the quantitative and qualitative issues associated with population-based epidemiological research. Topics include issues in study design, measurement, methods of data collection, risk assessment, confounding variables and analytic techniques. Applications of these methods to determine client care are stressed in terms of institutional goals. Consideration will be given to the incidence and economics of major health impairments.

Prequisites: None

DHA 708

Design of Inquiry

This course will introduce students to the design of scientific inquiry as exhibited through scientific publication and grant writing. In the first half of the course students will learn to critically evaluate the medical literature with respect to study design, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results. The program is designed to prepare the participant for independence in accessing health care delivery and population health literature and evaluate the quality of published and peer reviewed journal articles.

Prequisites: None


Two Electives

Choose two electives.


Course Number Course Name Credits
DHA 800

Advanced Research Methods in HealthCare Systems

This course will provide tutorial guidance and advanced preparation in either quantitative or qualitative research analysis, dependent upon the research methodology appropriate to the emerging dissertation questions proposed by the doctoral student. The course will extend prior graduate training in research methodology and will concentrate on those processes most related to the proposed study. Instruction will be provided by a faculty member and a qualified field mentor who is acquainted with the research being proposed.

Prequisites: None

DHA 801

Proposal Identification Dissertation

This course is intended for doctoral students who have completed the Advanced Research Methods course. Under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a qualified field mentor, the student will develop a dissertation proposal. This should take one semester after which the doctoral candidate will complete the dissertation following the approved content and protocols of the proposal. Following the defense of the completed dissertation and the approval of the committee, the doctoral student will present an oral report on the findings and conclusions of the study to a faculty-student symposium. Minimum of 6 credits. 

Total required for EdD: 72

800-level may only be initiated after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.

Twenty-four (24) credit hours are eligible for transfer, if applicable to coursework.


Additional Requirements

In addition to the listed coursework, students are also required to do the following:

  • Successfully pass a comprehensive examination at the completion of the required coursework. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before proceeding to take DHA 800 Advanced Research Methods. Students who fail the comprehensive examination on their first attempt may retake the exam once. The retake will be given at the next time the comprehensive exam is offered to all students. Students who fail the exam the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. The comprehensive exam is offered at the close of the fall and spring semester.
  • Present a defense of the dissertation proposal and completed dissertation, and make a public presentation of their work.

Academic Regulations

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate programs, the following applies for the Ed.D. program in health administration:

  • Doctoral students are required to receive a grade of B or higher in all courses in the Ed.D. in health administration curriculum. Students who receive less than a B (B-, C+, etc.) will not only have to repeat that course, but will also be placed on academic probation (see section on academic probation). Grades of U, or unsatisfactory, are considered to be grades below a B for all policies that contain reference to grades of B- or below for doctoral coursework. A course may be repeated one time only. The original grade will be replaced by the second grade whether higher or lower. Students who receive a grade of B- or below twice for the same course will be dismissed from the program. (Please refer to the grading policy section of this catalog.)

Academic Probation

Students enrolled in the doctoral programs who receive a grade of B- or below will be notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation. Academic probation will then apply to the next semester of their enrollment, including summer semesters. Students who have been placed on academic probation must successfully complete all coursework with grades of B or higher in the next semester of their enrollment in order to be removed from academic probation. Students who have been placed on academic probation, and receive a grade of B- or below for any course taken in the next semester of their enrollment, will be dismissed from the program.

Students who are taking coursework, and are carrying an I (Incomplete) grade from any previous doctoral coursework, and who have a grade of B- or below submitted to replace any I grade, will immediately be placed on academic probation for the current semester of their enrollment.

Doctoral Policies on Student Misconduct

In addition to the college’s policy regarding academic integrity (see the academic catalog), the doctoral programs affirm that students enrolled in any of D’Youville College’s doctoral programs are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of personal behavior and professional conduct in academic and educational environments. Dishonesty or misconduct in any form, whether academic or professional, will not be tolerated by program faculty. Unprofessional behavior in any educational setting, including on- or off campus fieldwork experiences, may result in failure of the course regardless of the mastery of all other course requirements, and may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Students may appeal the committee’s decision to the director of doctoral programs.


To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at


Application Requirements

Applicants should forward the following materials to the graduate admissions office:

  1. A completed doctoral application with a non-refundable application fee.
  2. All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. Two letters of reference from graduate professors and employers/ supervisors focusing on the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program.
  4. Completion of a master’s degree, with a minimum of 30 graduate credit-hours with grades of B or better.
  5. Evidence of active involvement in the health care field (preferably over a period of at least two years), including demonstration of leadership and professionalism in health policy or education.
  6. Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.20 (based on a 4.0 system).
  7. A brief biographical sketch (500- 1,000 words) and written statement of goals for pursuing doctoral study.

Applications for admission are considered on a competitive basis.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and show promise, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. While on provisional status, the student must meet all academic requirements of the program and must receive grades of B or better in the first four courses of the program. Failure to meet this standard will result in dismissal without probation.

Transferring Credits

Students may transfer up to 24 graduate credits with a grade of B or better at the discretion of the program director or department chair. Credits must be from an accredited institution in courses appropriate to the program.


Health Services Administration Department

The health services administration department offers a bachelor of science degree in health services management, health analytics, public health, as well as a master of science degree in health services administration, a doctorate in health administration, and three advanced certificates in health services administration, long-term care and clinical research associate. The undergraduate programs are described in the undergraduate catalog.

The health services administration department offers graduate courses in fall and spring semesters primarily with limited offerings in summer sessions. Classes are delivered full on campus, fully online (distance learning) and hybrid ( a mix of on campus and distance learning). On campus courses are offered on Monday through Thursday nights from 5:30 - 8:15 PM.