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Doctor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership

Earn a DBA and empower yourself for a great career
in business.

The Value of a CALUNIVERSITY online DBA in Healthcare Management and Leadership Degree

A DBA in Healthcare Management and Leadership combines the high-level managerial expertise necessary to lead a business with the specific knowledge and skills for advancing in the most stable and consistently growing industry today. While the current outlook for jobs in the healthcare field has always been encouraging, it is continuously growing more favorable with the expansion of technology’s influence on medical care. Now more than ever, highly qualified leaders are in demand to organize a successful business plan for a variety of medical facilities, from major hospitals to medical research laboratories to smaller doctor’s offices.

California Intercontinental University’s accredited DBA program for Healthcare Management and Leadership provides the groundwork for healthcare professionals looking to advance their careers with the tools needed to reach the next level. Courses specializing in economic healthcare evaluation, healthcare marketing, and merging healthcare theory with current practice train students to recognize trends in the industry. Students gain important skills in strategic decision making and for the most lucrative and efficient systems needed in order to expand on upward growth and continue to foster the most advanced technology in the medical field.

The current outlook for healthcare careers is promising and constantly rising, with increasing demand for a workforce with relevant healthcare skills and knowledge as well as the necessary business acumen for creating and improving upon present organizational systems. The highest degree in healthcare management is the gateway to top-level positions in medical research, healthcare administration, and healthcare financial management. A career path in healthcare is a smart bet in today’s economy, with many opportunities ranging from working in private practices to hospitals to research facilities.

Credits required for degree completion: 60
Maximum transfer credits accepted: 9
Program length: 2 years
Cost per credit: $445
Payment options: Click to view interest-free payment options

Program Competencies and Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in specialized fields for a higher level of understanding for decision making in complex organizational environments.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills for local and global business planning and decision making.
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines in the use of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies for business administration problem solving.
  • Identify and evaluate business issues and opportunities that enhance prospects for optimum return on investments and creating value.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial mindset and skills for starting and growing new ventures.
  • Demonstrate creative research approaches to data collection, analysis, and synthesis for organizational effectiveness, change, and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate informational literacy and computational thinking for effective and efficient use of technology.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills for innovative and collaborative economic development.
  • Develop diverse teams and foster teamwork through effective techniques through human resource management.
  • Review business case studies and prepare theoretically-grounded arguments using peer-reviewed journals and appropriate scholarly writing styles.
Degree Plan DOCTORATE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (DBA HCML)
Course Number Course Name Prerequisite Credits Core Major
Semester 1
GRC 600 Doctoral Academic Study and Writing 3 3
GRC 605 Business Research Methodology & Quantitative Statistics 3 3
ECO 615 Global Economy 3 3
Semester 2
MGT 616 Organizational Change & Development in Mgt. System 3 3
MGT 626 Managing Innovation Integrating Technology 3 3
MKT 645 Qualitative Research in Consumer Behavior GRC 605 3 3
Semester 3
FIN 605 Financial Economics GRC 605 3 3
MKT 640 E-Commerce Models and its Applications MGT 626 3 3
MGT 635 Merger & Acquisition: Due Diligence Report MGT 616 3 3
Semester 4
MGT 645 Strategic Management: A Global Approach MGT 616 3 3
CCA1
HCM 603 Strategies for Healthcare Leadership MGT 616 3 3
HCM 612 Economic Evaluation & Healthcare: Merging Theory with Practice FIN 605 3 3
Semester 5
HCM 620 Managing Disaster: Perspectives for Healthcare Leaders 3 3
HCM 625 Healthcare Marketing: Tools and Techniques MKT 640 3 3
HCM 630 Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach MGT 616 3 3
CCA2
Semester 6
GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction 3 3
GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review 3 3
GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology 3 3
Semester 7
GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings 3 3
GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations 3 3
Dissertation Presentation and Oral Defense
60 30 30

Required Courses

  • ECO 615 Global Economy
  • FIN 605 Financial Economics
  • GRC 600 Doctoral Academic Study and Writing
  • GRC 605 Business Research Methodology & Quantitative Statistics
  • MGT 616 Organizational Change & Development in Management System
  • MGT 626 Managing Innovation Integrating Technology
  • MGT 635 Merger & Acquisition: Due Diligence Report
  • MGT 645 Strategic Management: A Global Approach
  • MKT 640 E-Commerce Models and its Applications
  • MKT 645 Qualitative Research in Consumer Behavior

Specialization Courses

  • HCM 603 Strategies for Healthcare Leadership
  • HCM 612 Economic Evaluation in Healthcare: Merging Theory With Practice
  • HCM 620 Managing Disaster: Perspectives for Healthcare Leaders
  • HCM 625 Healthcare Marketing: Tools and Techniques
  • HCM 630 Quality Management in Healthcare: A Systems Approach

Comprehensive Competency Assessment 2 (CCA2) Exam will be taken after completing the 5 emphasis courses

Students must have successfully completed all courses in order to begin the Doctorate Dissertation. The Doctorate Dissertation must be selected, agreed upon, reviewed and approved by the assigned committee, Dean of Doctorate Studies, and Chief Academic Officer. The requirements for the Doctorate Dissertation include the final preparation, acceptance of the Dissertation, (based on established guidelines) and the candidate’s successful Presentation and Oral Defense, and the submission of two bound copies of the final paper to the Dean of Doctorate Studies for the candidate’s file.

Dissertation

  • GRC 641 Dissertation Introduction
  • GRC 642 Dissertation Literature Review
  • GRC 643 Dissertation Methodology
  • GRC 644 Dissertation Results and Findings
  • GRC 645 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations

Students unable to complete the individual course requirements on their first attempt may remain enrolled in the course for an additional two attempts (GRC B and C). Failure to complete the course within three attempts, the initial and two additional attempts, will result in the student’s dismissal from the program. Only the initial course is a 3 credit course and the applicable tuition fees will apply. Students unable to complete the course on the initial attempt may continue on to the B and C series for no credit but will be responsible for the GRC B and/or GRC C fee.

Dismissed students may appeal their dismissal. If approved, students may return upon agreeing to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The second attempt at the course with an IEP starts at (D) and is considered a new course subject to full tuition fees. This course may be repeated once (E) subject to the GRC E fee.

Students that are dismissed or withdrawn during the dissertation phase and are approved to return will have to start from the beginning of the dissertation phase and will be responsible for any applicable fees.

Course Schedule

The Doctorate of Business Administration program requires the completion of 60 semester units of coursework that include:

Business Required Courses: 30 Units / 10 Courses
Elective Courses: 15 Units / 5 Courses
Dissertation: 14 Units
Competency Assessment: 1 Unit
Qualifying Exam

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the preliminary admissions requirements listed above, an applicant for the Professional Doctorate program must meet and submit the following admission prerequisites:

  1. A copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae or professional resume
  2. Evidence of having minimally two or more years of full-time, occupational experience, preferably at a managerial level, related to the Business Administration field
  3. Official transcripts showing the completion of a Master’s degree from an approved or accredited college or university/institution. If the master’s degree was earned in a non-business related field, the Academic Department can evaluate the submitted documents to determine a reasonable foundation for the applicant to successfully complete the doctoral program.
  4. The applicant’s prior college academic records must show a minimal Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) grade or higher.

Graduation Requirements

The Doctorate Degree is conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed all required courses of the Doctorate curricula and have completed the minimal required Learning Time for each course and program
  2. Met the study time residency requirement for degree completion and award
  3. Achieved at least 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
  4. Successfully passed the Competency Assessment
  5. Successfully passed the Qualifying Examination
  6. Be cleared of all indebtedness and other obligations to CALUNIVERSITY
  7. Be recommended for graduation by the Faculty and Academic Department
  8. Successfully complete and pass an Oral Defense of the Dissertation
  9. Submission of two bound copies of the final Dissertation

Other Course Offerings

DBA – Entrepreneurship and Business Management
DBA – Global Business and Leadership
DBA – Healthcare Management and Leadership
DBA – Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management

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