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Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

Health Care Administration specialization

 

Overview

Newcastle University's online PhD in Healthcare Administration program prepares you to make a make a difference in the healthcare industry. This program includes advanced research and course work in policy, systems, and financial analysis; strategic planning; organizational change; ethical and legal considerations; and quality improvement, focused on the health care field.

As part of Newcastle's broad portfolio of public service leadership offerings, this program features a multidisciplinary approach to public service education that provides you with an in-depth understanding of your specialized professions in the context of the larger public service environment.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in Health Care Administration from Newcastle, you'll lead change in health care agencies by analyzing health care challenges and opportunities through the systematic methods of scientific research. You'll also evaluate multicultural, ethical and regulatory standards of practice in the health care industry. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in Health Care Administration include adjunct or part-time faculty, chief executive/financial officer, clinical director, director of nursing, health and social services manager, hospital administrator or mental health program manager. Potential workplaces include: community care facility for the elderly, dentist office, home health care service, medical or diagnostic laboratory, nursing or residential care facility, physician office or private/public hospital.

For a More In-Depth Study

Newcastle also provides you the opportunity to delve deeper into a specific knowledge area by earning a program concentration that will be included on your transcript and can enhance your career opportunities.

Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

 Core Courses

24 course quarter credits.

·         Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners (4 quarter credits)

·         Epistemology of Practice Knowledge (4 quarter credits)

·         Fundamentals of Social Science Research* (4 quarter credits)

·         Quantitative Research Methods in Public Service* (4 quarter credit)

·         Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Public Service* (4 quarter credits)

·         Advanced Study in Research Methods in Public Service* (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

40 course quarter credits.

·         Quality Improvement and Organizational Performance in Health Care (4 quarter credits)

·         Operations in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)

·         Managing Human Capital in Health Care Environments (4 quarter credits)

·         Financial Analysis in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)

·         Strategic Management of Health Care Reimbursement Systems (4 quarter credits

·         Health Policies Analysis and Strategy (4 quarter credits)

·         Health Care Strategic Planning and Management (4 quarter credits)

·         Law and Health Care Administration (4 quarter credits)

·         Ethics and Decision Making in Health Care (4 quarter credits)

·         Leading Organizational Change in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)

Eight Elective Courses

32 course quarter credits. Choose any graduate course(s).

 

Recommended elective course:

Health Systems Analysis and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)

 

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Courses

·         24 course quarter credits.

·         Doctoral Comprehensive Examination* (4 quarter credits)

·         Dissertation Courseroom* (5 quarter credits each)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

 

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

 

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 48 credits into this specialization.

 

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Newcastle's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

 

Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Forensics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Management and Collaborative Governance
  • Public Safety Leadership
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Medical Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Professional Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services.

program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Medical Services schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for Medical Services . This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Medical Services & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's Medical Services  degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

Want to learn more? Request information and a member of our team can help answer your questions.

* Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.

Program Specific Accreditation

The Distance Education and Training Council for Medical Schools and Programs (DETC) Board of Commissioners has granted accreditation to Newcastle University's Professional Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services.

program.* DETC is one of three major accrediting agencies for Medical Services schools and is a leading specialized accrediting agency for Medical Services . This recognition certifies that programs offered through Newcastle University's College of Medical Services & Management meet the rigorous educational standards established by DETC.

*For a full list of Newcastle University's Medical Services  degree programs accredited by DETC, please see the Accreditation page.

Want to learn more? Request information and a member of our team can help answer your questions.

* Figure based on 2013 graduates self-reporting data to Newcastle University Career Services who were employed at graduation or actively seeking employment in their field after graduation. Does not include graduates who were not actively seeking employment, as determined by Newcastle University Career Services, or who did not report data on employment status to Newcastle University Career Services.

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