Health Care Administration

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
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With the changes in the health care system and the rise of people using it, the career outlook for individuals who specialize in this area are very good. The Health Care Administration PhD specialization will help you develop essential perspectives and skills for application of theoretical and research-based health care industry management issues. Through NCU’s one-to-one mentoring approach, you will explore identification, resolution, analysis and intervention of administrative issues and their delivery systems. The PhD in Health Care Administration also examine strategies related to total quality management in health care with a focus on strategic planning in health care and managed system and comparative health care system analysis. Our graduates typically secure positions in financial management, research in health care settings, health care policy and health care education.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Health Care Industry and Financial Management

This doctoral level course focuses on an enhanced level of understanding of what it takes to captain healthcare organizations through these tough financial times. Mastery of course concepts require demonstration of critical thinking and communication skills by a combination of APA style research papers, self-assessments, quantitative reasoning, and observations, interviews, and written assignments.


Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Research Management

This Doctoral level course is designed for students with a focus on research management and ethics within the health care industry. Using cases and examples, the first part of the course focuses on major management and leadership issues and the second part deals with legal and ethically relevant matters. These may include research methods, various publishing and authorship issues, conflicts of interest and misconduct, human subjects, intellectual property, and data manipulation.


Advanced Concepts and Applications in Health Policy and Management

This comprehensive Doctoral level course focuses on key principles and practices of health care management, planning, and policy-making. Students will study key principles of the historical development, structure, and operation of the health care delivery system and will explore the way health care is delivered, the role of policy formulation, and health care resource and ethical considerations. Mastery of course concepts requires demonstration of critical thinking and communication.


Health Care Educational Theory and Application

In this doctoral course, students evaluate the present the health care delivery system and educational theories. This course utilizes the student's skills in comprehension, analysis, and synthesis to integrate these frameworks in the design and evaluation of health care industry. Mastery of course concepts requires demonstration of critical thinking and communication skills by a combination of research papers, self-assessments, quantitative reasoning, interviews, observations, case studies, written assignments or other activities.


Managerial Leadership within Managed Health Care Systems

This doctoral level course will provide students with an intensive study of all aspects of managed health care. Students will conduct readings from an authoritative text and develop a comprehensive learning portfolio, which focuses on managerial leadership and successful management practices within contemporary health care-related organizations.


Global Issues in Health Care Policy and Management

This doctoral course will address the global issues of health care policy and management with particular emphasis on global perspectives. These global perspectives are both comparative and trans-national. Thus, the focus will compare the ethical approaches to health system issues in various countries on informed consent, refusal of treatment, physician-assisted suicide, and reproductive health. Finally, the course will examine issues regarding U.S. health professionals and organizations providing services in other countries.


Health Care Strategic Management

This doctoral course examines the integration of business and functional plans, performance audits, organizational culture, gap analysis, and values clarification. Students will conduct analysis of current and future trends and issues affecting health care are reviewed in the context of visioning, strategic planning, and tactical planning. The student will be assessed on the critical importance of strategic management and planning within the dynamic, complex, and evolving nature of the health care industry.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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