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Doctor of Health Administration (EdD)

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Be prepared to assume a leadership role through D'Youville's doctoral program in Health Administration.

Overview & Distinctions


Our program provides health professionals with the skill set demanded by today's complex higher education, healthcare, nonprofit and government environments.

You'll gain a solid foundation in health analytics, critical analysis and problem-solving. Benefit from a solid curriculum of advanced graduate coursework including:

  • research and analysis
  • epidemiology
  • organizational behavior
  • law and policy
  • finance

A hallmark of our program is a solid didactic preparation as well as training in health analytics and critical thinking for complex situations.

D'Youville Advantages

  • Mentorship: Benefit from valuable field experiences in healthcare organizations, supported by knowledgeable healthcare mentors. These mentors can assist you in developing your dissertation research.
  • Flexibility: Our program can be completed part-time or full-time, ideal for working professionals who want to give their career a boost. Most courses are offered during evenings – with some also offered on the weekends and during the summer.
  • Opportunity: Many of our graduates currently hold leadership positions in healthcare facilities across North America.
  • Comprehensiveness: Our faculty bring a diverse range of research, education, and professional experience to the classroom, providing you with a comprehensive education informed by real-world experience.
  • Connectivity: Through close interactions with faculty and collaboration with your classmates, you’ll develop the kinds of professional and personal networks that will support you as you progress through your career.


We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.


Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
DHA 615 Health Systems Organization and Administration 3
DHA 616 Human Resources in Health Care 3
DHA 700 Health Policy 3
DHA 669 Improving Performance of Health Systems 3
DHA 682 Managerial Epidemiology 3
DHA 706 Population Health 3
DHA 608 Research Methods 3
DHA 648 Introduction to Health Care Finance & Budgeting 3
DHA 704 Finances & Controls 3
DHA 652 Economics & Policy Making in Health Care 3
DHA 703 Law and Policy 3
DHA 653 Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
DHA 702 Communication Leadership 3
DHA 660 Statistics for Healthcare Administrators and Managers 3
DHA 657 Advanced Decision Analysis 3
DHA 701 Systems Thinking 3
DHA 705 Health Informatics 3
DHA 707 Program Planning, Design & Evaluation 3
DHA 708 Design of Inquiry 3


Choose two of the following

  • Aging in American Society
  • Culture, Health, and Healthcare
  • Health Systems Labor Relations
  • Health Systems Consulting


Course # Course Name Credits
DHA 800 Advanced Research Methods 3
DHA 801 Proposal Identification/Dissertation Research 6


Total Required for Ed.D.: 72 credits,
24 hours are eligible for transfer

Transferring Credits

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applications to the Health Administration doctoral degree program are considered on a competitive basis. In addition to the general admissions requirements, applicants must present the following:

  • Complete an online graduate application for admission (no application fee).
  • Submit Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Two letters of reference from graduate professors and employers/supervisors focusing on the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program.
  • Submit a resume detailing 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 administration.
  • A brief biographical sketch (500-1,000 words) and written statement of goals for pursuing doctoral study.


  1. Completion of a master's degree, with a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours with grades of B or better.
  2. Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.20 (based on a 4.0 system).

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