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DHA Program Content, Structure, and Delivery


The 63 credit-hour DHA combines theory and practice in ways that allow you to make a substantive contribution to your organization and to the larger health care community. Your work in the program foster s your expanded knowledge in the following areas:

  • Leadership, change management, "influence strategies," and planning processes;
  • Human interaction and communication at the individual, group and organizational levels;
  • Health communication, informatics, and information technology;
  • Models in healthcare delivery systems including collaboration, mergers, and acquisitions;
  • Health care economic realities;
  • Policy, regulation, and community;
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and research methods to evaluate and apply decision-making concepts;
  • Contemporary human resource issues including diversity, poverty, human rights, sexism, racism, and unionization;
  • The role of values and ethics in contemporary health care organizations.

Strong advising, mentoring and tutoring (as required) will support you in your quest to earn a doctoral degree including:

  • an adviser (didactic portion of program)
  • a major professor (dissertation)

Global Campus Library Services (formerly OCLS), acknowledged as the best distance delivery library service in the education industry, offers you online research assistance, document delivery (electronic and physical delivery service), and general library services.


The DHA program is structured around the following five elements:

  1. A non-credit orientation to health administration doctoral studies at Central Michigan University’s main campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
  2. Eight internet modules consisting of 2 courses per module (with the exception of the module four, which includes only 1 course)
  3. Six regionally-based intensive 2 ½ day seminars
    • The seminars follow modules 2 through 7.
    • Each seminar is worth 1 semester credit hour.
    • Each seminar includes one or more subject matter experts drawn from outside the course faculty.
    • Seminars will be delivered both on the CMU campus and in regional cities offering suitable student access and availability of seminar guest speakers.

Possible sites include Atlanta, Detroit, and Washington D.C. in the United States. Geneva, Switzerland is a potential location for international study.

  1. A comprehensive examination in essay format will evaluate all didactic content covered in the program.
  2. Individual applied dissertation, on an applied research topic in a specific health care administrative area, chosen by you. The dissertation must be a synthesis of knowledge and content in a specific health care area that constitutes new knowledge to the field and is worthy of journal submission and publication.

Cohort Delivery

Students who adhere to the prescribed course delivery schedule will progress through the degree requirements as a member of a cohort. All members who remain with a single cohort will proceed through the carefully planned sequence of classes and seminars together.

Students who elect an alternative schedule will be engaged in their studies across multiple cohort groups. Regardless of the program pace a student elects, they will have ample interaction with other students in the program. Students will complete their dissertations as an individual effort, with guidance from a committee of three professors.