YOU are the next dynamic leader in healthcare administration.
You're passionate about healthcare, and you want to lead with a strong skillset. This program’s hybrid format provides flexibility for your doctorate in healthcare, helping you gain the knowledge and skills you need while balancing work and life. As a part of the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM), we are among a small group of top-ranked institutions, including Harvard, Northwestern, and University of Pennsylvania – Wharton.
Learn from a diverse set of experienced professionals from all areas of health, including pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and pharmaceutical sales. CU Denver supporting healthcare programs are in the top 30 of all health care management programs and the highest ranked program for health care executives looking for a MBA in the country. Take your career to the next level through the oldest CAHME-accredited program in the Rocky Mountain region.
Our competitive Executive DHA program brings in a diverse set of experienced professionals from all areas of health including pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and pharmaceutical sales.
Program benefits include:
- 100% health-focused curriculum that applies business to the health care industry
- Executive-focused career support through Right Management, a career counseling firm
- Executive-level support to accommodate busy professionals
- Hybrid format so you can continue working while pursuing your education
Because every course is healthcare focused, you’ll receive the benefits of an DHA applied directly to health care systems and policy. Faculty are selected as leaders from across the country for their diverse backgrounds and experiences.
As an executive program, we offer a full range of exclusive support services. Our staff consults with you during the admissions process and throughout the program. All administrative responsibilities including registration and enrollment, acquisition of books, software, and other materials, are handled by program staff on your behalf.
Core courses (60 hours)
All core classes combine to provide a robust business foundation. Course topics include:
- Organizational Behavior
- Financial Management
- Healthcare Leadership
- Global Health Systems
- Healthcare Law, Regulations & Ethics
- Healthcare Economics
- Managing Healthcare Information
- Fundamentals of Applied Research
- Population Health Management
- Quality Process in Health Administration
- Applied Research
- Advanced Leadership Skills
Dissertation (18 credit hours)
Taken in your final two semesters, your dissertation will consist of 18 credit hours dedicated to the writing and perfecting of your doctoral dissertation project.
Healthcare is an industry with high growth potential that will continue into the future. Health administration professionals work to administer, lead and manage healthcare systems, such as hospitals, hospital networks or large healthcare systems. Careers can be found in both private and public sectors.
Health Administration Job Titles
- Account Executive
- Admissions Director
- Business Analyst
- Case Manager
- Claims Specialist
- Director of Nursing
- Director of Operations
- Health Facilities Surveyor
- Healthcare Administrator
- Hospital Administrator
- Medical Associate
- Medical Records Director
- Patient Access Supervisor
- Program Director
Visit our Careers page for more detailed information on the resources available.
The cost of tuition is $85,000 and is guaranteed for the entire program. Tuition includes textbooks, course-related software, instructional materials, most breakfasts and lunches during on-campus sessions.
A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and is applied to the first term’s tuition. The remaining tuition is billed each semester.
As an off-campus degree program, this program is exempt from campus-based student fees.
Lodging and Other Expenses
While on campus, you have the option to stay at hotels within walking distance of the Business School. We have negotiated significant discounts for executive program participants. The estimated cost for lodging is $130-170 per night.
You will need access to a personal computer at your home or office. Other incidental costs, such as travel or miscellaneous personal expenses, should also be expected.
Loans are available through need-based sources, such as the Federal Guaranteed Student Loan Program and the Colorado PLUS Loan Program. Other organizations lend educational funds based on credit-worthiness and other criteria.
Scholarships are also available through the CU Denver Scholarship Office and many professional organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives. Inquire directly through your professional organization about scholarship opportunities.
We admit students for a July start. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, meaning decisions are made as applications are completed.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. There is no application fee. A phone interview is a part of the admission process. Because of the program’s competitive nature and rolling admissions policy, we strongly recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from the submission of all materials.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate and graduate program (preferably an MBA or MHA) at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- A minimum of five years of increasing responsibility in your health-related organization is required for admission.
- No GMAT or formal business education is required for admission.
How Decisions are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Previous education – evaluation of a candidate’s overall or upper-division grade point average prior to admission to the executive program or any other relevant measure of scholastic performance
- Experience – a minimum of five years of administrative or clinical experience in health services
Applications are due June 16 for that year’s July start.
For any questions, please contact our Executive Health Administration MBA team at email@example.com.
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