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Doctor of Health Administration (EdD)

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Be prepared to assume a leadership role through D'Youville's doctoral program in Health Administration.

Overview & Distinctions


Our program provides health professionals with the skill set demanded by today's complex higher education, healthcare, nonprofit and government environments.

You'll gain a solid foundation in health analytics, critical analysis and problem-solving. Benefit from a solid curriculum of advanced graduate coursework including:

  • research and analysis
  • epidemiology
  • organizational behavior
  • law and policy
  • finance

A hallmark of our program is a solid didactic preparation as well as training in health analytics and critical thinking for complex situations.

D'Youville Advantages

  • Mentorship: Benefit from valuable field experiences in healthcare organizations, supported by knowledgeable healthcare mentors. These mentors can assist you in developing your dissertation research.
  • Flexibility: Our program can be completed part-time or full-time, ideal for working professionals who want to give their career a boost. Most courses are offered during evenings – with some also offered on the weekends and during the summer.
  • Opportunity: Many of our graduates currently hold leadership positions in healthcare facilities across North America.
  • Comprehensiveness: Our faculty bring a diverse range of research, education, and professional experience to the classroom, providing you with a comprehensive education informed by real-world experience.
  • Connectivity: Through close interactions with faculty and collaboration with your classmates, you’ll develop the kinds of professional and personal networks that will support you as you progress through your career.


We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.



Find detailed course information for the Doctor of Health Administration (EdD) program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements for the Program

Required Courses

HAPH-615 Health Systems Organization & Management 3
HAPH-616 HR Mgt in Health Care Organizations 3
HAPH-648 Introduction to Health Care Finance 3
HAPH-649 Applications of Health Care Finance 3
HAPH-652 Health Care Economics 3
HAPH-653 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care 3
HAPH-608 Research Methods & Design 3
HAPH-657 Advanced Decision Making 3
HAPH-660 Applied Biostatistics 3
HAPH-669 Improving Performance of Health Systems 3
HAPH-671 Health Informatics 3
HAPH-682 Managerial Epidemiology 3
HAPH-700 Health Policy 3
HAPH-702 Communications Leadership 3
HAPH-703 Law and Policy 3
HAPH-706 Population Health 3
HAPH-707 Eval Health Care System 3
HAPH-708 Design of Inquiry 3
HAPH-710 Healthcare Insurance 3
Two Electives 6
Total Credits 63

Dissertation Research

HAPH-800 Advanced Research Methods 3
HAPH-801 Proposal Identification Dissertation 1-9
Total Credits 4-12

800-level may only be initiated after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.

Twenty-four (24) credit hours are eligible for transfer, if applicable to coursework.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the listed coursework, students are also required to do the following:

  • Successfully pass a comprehensive examination at the completion of the required coursework. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before proceeding to take Advanced Research Methods (HAPH-800). Students who fail the comprehensive examination on their first attempt may retake the exam once. The retake will be given at the next time the comprehensive exam is offered to all students. Students who fail the exam the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. The comprehensive exam is offered at the close of the fall and spring semester.
  • Present a defense of the dissertation proposal and completed dissertation, and make a public presentation of their work.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applications to the Health Administration doctoral degree program are considered on a competitive basis. In addition to the general admissions requirements, applicants must present the following:

  • Complete an online graduate application for admission (no application fee).
  • Submit Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Two letters of reference from graduate professors and employers/supervisors focusing on the applicant's potential for success in a doctoral program.
  • Submit a resume detailing evidence of active involvement in the health care field (preferably over a period of at least two years), including demonstration of leadership and professionalism in health administration.
  • A brief biographical sketch (500-1,000 words) and written statement of goals for pursuing doctoral study.


  1. Completion of a master's degree, with a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours with grades of B or better.
  2. Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.20 (based on a 4.0 system).

Learn More

We welcome you to join us for an information session or meeting about our graduate and doctoral program. For dates and locations please learn more.

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