Doctorate in Hospital Administration
Read about the types of doctoral programs available in hospital administration and online program options. Also, check out the prerequisites for the program, course topics and career options.
What Kinds of Hospital Administration Programs Can I Attend?
Doctoral programs specifically in hospital administration are very rare, but you can enroll in a health administration program to learn the skills you need to work in a hospital environment. You can earn either a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services or a Doctor of Health Administration, both of which prepare you for leadership positions at hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Within a doctoral-level health administration program, you can specialize in such areas as global health, health policy or healthcare leadership. Some health administration programs are designed specifically to prepare you for work with government agencies or nonprofit health services organizations.
|Program Fields||Health administration, health servioces|
|Prerequisites||Master's degree related to healthcare or management; professional working experience in health services|
|Common Courses||Risk management, medical terminologies, healthcare ethics, healthcare laws, organizational behavior|
|Online Options||Programs available online, but still require residencies and on-campus seminars|
|Average Annual Salary (2018)||$113,730 (for all medical and health services managers)*|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||20% growth (for all medical and health services managers)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Are There Any Prerequisites?
To apply to a doctoral program in health administration, you usually must hold a master's degree. Your master's degree will need to be in a healthcare- or management-related area. Most programs also require that you hold as many as five years of professional experience in a health services related field.
What Will I Learn in My Classes?
Health administration courses show you how to adapt to changes in the health services field, from new technologies in medicine to the impact of healthcare reform on current regulations. Doctoral programs give you knowledge of medical and hospital systems, as well as develop your business and management skills. Subjects that you might explore include the following:
- Organizational behavior
- Healthcare ethics
- Strategic management
- Comparative healthcare systems
- Medical terminologies
- Data analysis
- Risk management
- U.S. healthcare laws and regulations
- Financing for healthcare and hospital managers
Are Online Programs Offered?
You can complete a health administration doctoral program online, but you'll also be required to attend multiple residencies. Your first residency usually introduces you to faculty members and allows you to partake in discussions and seminars with other students. Later residencies allow you to meet with instructors to share research and receive guidance on your doctoral dissertation.
Dissertations for an online health administration program might require you to complete a project to improve the health services of patients at a hospital, health center or community organization. To complete daily coursework for the online program, you must have speakers, a printer and Flash Player installed.
What Jobs Can I Find in the Hospital Administration Field?
With your doctorate in health administration, you can become a health services administrator or manager at a hospital or healthcare organization. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that nursing home administrators must be licensed by the state in which they work, but this is typically not required of other healthcare managers (www.bls.gov). The BLS stated that medical and health services managers' average yearly salary was $113,730 in 2018.