Franklin University’s Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) program reinforces the core technical aspects of quality research, yet also equips you with such sought-after skills as communication and technology. You’ll become a more dynamic leader because Franklin’s applied doctorate is a practical degree that enables both subject mastery and field application. That means you’ll be prepared to research and communicate complex, organization-wide issues.
Franklin’s applied Doctor of Healthcare Administration is a program designed to help you:
- Design organizational strategies to improve healthcare operations and outcomes
- Develop innovative healthcare leadership practices based on executive leadership practices
- Assess and refine your own leadership competencies
- Apply research to advance the field of healthcare administration
Improve healthcare processes, efficiencies and outcomes
Few would argue the large and complex nature of the administrative side of healthcare. Few also would argue the need for improvement in even the leanest, safest, most patient-friendly healthcare organization. The truth is, there’s always room for improvement – and you could be the catalyst for change in your healthcare organization. While earning your doctorate in healthcare administration from Franklin, you’ll focus on ways to drive quality improvements, including patient safety, risk management and service quality.
Make more informed decisions
When it comes to healthcare decision making, be it process improvement, program effectiveness or sustainability strategies, the crux of any decision is evidence. That’s why our doctoral program for healthcare includes major area coursework related to workflows, databases, informatics and analytics. Your Franklin DHA will help you better understand retrieving, analyzing and reporting intelligence metrics as part of healthcare decision making.
Create and influence healthcare policies and regulations
In spite of being highly regulated and governed, healthcare continues to require new and updated policies to ensure sustainability and parity. Your Franklin DHA will help you explore various aspects of corporate, state and federal policymaking, including regulations, enforcement and organizational impact. You’ll learn how to evaluate the role of agencies in implementation and enforcement, create policies at all government and corporate levels, and influence change for existing policies and regulations.
Get 360-degree support
We’ve taken a comprehensive and systematic approach to our online doctoral program, which includes team-based curriculum development, doctorally qualified faculty, and student-centered activities designed for the working adult. You’ll receive robust academic support from a variety of resources, including a graduate advisor, faculty advisor, personal librarian and peers, as well as the Student Learning Center staff and your Dissertation Committee members. You’ll also enjoy a cohesive and robust graduate culture and cohort. Together, our practice-minded faculty and your fellow students will support, mentor, encourage and keep you accountable to the program – and to yourself. At Franklin, you’re never alone on your doctoral journey.
Transfer Up to 24 Credit Hours
Want to complete your terminal degree in less than three years? Franklin grants up to 24 hours of prior-learning credit for previous doctoral work, and approved certifications and licensures. We honor your prior learning and make it easier to get credit for what you already know. Transfer credit can help you earn your applied doctorate degree faster, as well as reduce your overall tuition expenses.
Demonstrate effective research skills; Formulate a research problem; Integrate previous literature into an appropriate literature review; Design a research study; Analyze data; Summarize and present research results; Discuss research results
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competencies in a major field of study in healthcare administration
Create and present advanced forms of oral and written communication
Evaluate and assess the ethical obligations and responsibilities of healthcare administration for the purpose of responsible leadership
58 Semester Hours
All students are required to take the first five courses listed and one of the final two listed, depending on the research method and design they choose for their dissertation.
- GRAD 800 - Writing Foundations (3)
- GRAD 805 - Research Methodology & Design (3)
- GRAD 810 - Applied Statistics (4)
- GRAD 888 - Colloquium I (1)
- GRAD 889 - Colloquium II (1)
GRAD 820 - Advanced Quantitative Research Design & Analysis (4)
OR GRAD 822 - Advanced Qualitative Research Design & Analysis (4)