PhD - Business Administration: Health Care Administration

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Are you currently working in the health care industry and have the desire to develop leadership and administrative skills necessary to pursue advanced positions in the field? If so, then Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration could help you reach your professional goal. Read on for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration program offers you the opportunity to study diverse business practices while focusing on concepts, systems and management strategies in the health care industry. Specialization courses provide study in health care financial management, health care delivery system management, policy development, managed care systems, global health care systems and management, strategic planning methods, and health care ethics. In foundation and required courses, you will gain an understanding of the processes and procedures utilized in various business areas such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and information systems. Courses in research methods and design are included throughout the program to help you develop the skills needed to complete an oral and written dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before you enroll in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration program, you should possess a master's degree and have some experience in the health care field. Familiarity with health care terminology and processes is helpful.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must earn 60 credits to complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration program. This credit total reflects 48 credits in required coursework and 12 credits in the dissertation process. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Required Ph.D. Foundation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
BTM 7101/BTM 7101-8Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
MGT 7019/MGT 7019-8Ethics in Business
SKS 7000/SKS 7000-8Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM 8104/BTM 8104-8Statistics I

Ph.D. in Business Required Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
Specialization Course 1
BTM 8102/BTM 8102-8Business Research Methodology
Specialization Course 2
BTM 8103/BTM 8103-8Research Design
Specialization Course 3
BTM 8108/BTM 8108-8Qualitative Research Design
Specialization Course 4
BTM 8107/BTM 8107-8Statistics II
Specialization Course 5
BTM 8106/BTM 8106-8Quantitative Research Design
BTM 8109/BTM 8109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Specialization Courses (Select five of the following courses)
HCA 7012-8Health Care Industry and Financial Management
HCA 7013-8Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Research Management
HCA 7014-8Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and Management
HCA 7015-8Health Care Educational Theory and Application
HCA 7019-8Managerial Leadership within Managed Health Care Systems
HCA 7020-8Global Issues in Health Care Policy and Management
HCA 7022-8Health Care Strategic Management

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Course NumberCourse Title
CMP9500B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
DIS9501BDoctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS9502BDoctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS9503BDoctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS9504BDoctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you have graduated from Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Care Administration program, you could be prepared to explore directorial or executive opportunities in a variety of health care settings. You might manage staff and program development for hospitals, clinics, managed care companies, community health centers, nonprofit health organizations, or group medical offices. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Hospital Administrator
  • Health Care Policy Director
  • Health Care System Administrator
  • Community Health Program Director