Doctorate Degrees in Healthcare Administration
As society has grown over the years, decades, and centuries, so has the way it has treated – and processed – healthcare needs and situations that arise. Almost like clockwork, as society evolves, and namely continues to grow, so does the method in which doctors and other medical professionals administer healthcare procedures. In today’s healthcare realm, however, none of this advancement would be possible without qualified, educated healthcare administrators.
What is this degree/program of study about?
In addition to the PHD in healthcare administration, students may also seek a doctorate in healthcare administration (DHA). The DHA program, as an example, aims to conjoin both practical application of policies, best practices, and expectations within the medical industry (as they relate to management personnel) with a readers-based curriculum that advances the student’s understanding of where they fit in the grand scope of the healthcare field.
What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?
Students seeking admission into the typical DHA program are expected to have earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree, although some programs allow students to obtain their master’s degree concurrently. Once admitted, students will embark on a course load that features the study of such topics as population health, health systems thinking and practice, health economics, strategic planning for healthcare organizations, and more. While job growth across the field for healthcare managers is expecting 16 percent growth this decade, the top 10 percent of all in this field hold a median salary above $137,000 annually (BLS.gov).