Healthcare Education Ed.D

Our Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Healthcare Education Program develops equity-oriented, transformational leaders committed to preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals. The Ed.D. in Healthcare Education is a 60-credit program that follows a hybrid, cohort model with one night a week of on-campus courses and the remaining instructional hours taking pace in asynchronous online learning. Within the cohort model (new cohorts begin each Fall), students complete three years of coursework, followed by a year of dissertation advisement.

The curriculum for the Ed.D. in Healthcare Education includes two key strands: (a) content courses that cover theories, subject-matter knowledge, and professional skills needed to teach and prepare future healthcare professionals, and (b) research courses that cover concepts and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing and presenting a scholarly study and dissertation. 

Goal 1: Our graduates will develop strong qualitative and quantitative research skills in order to be critical consumers and producers of knowledge.

Objective 1.1: Students will acquire qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research skills as a tool for collecting and using data for leading change and making decisions in their fields

Objective 1.2: Students will develop the capacity to design and implement their dissertation research according to the scholarly and technical requirements of the field.

Goal 2: Our graduates will develop a strong foundation in their field’s theoretical and empirical literature, as well as the capacity to apply theory to practice-based problems.

Objective 2.1: Students will develop a strong foundation in their field’s theoretical and empirical literature.

Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply a theoretical framework or empirical study to a problem of practice, as well as the capacity to reflect on the efficacy of their decision-making.

Goal 3: Our graduates will develop a strong foundation in leadership focused on inclusive cultures, social justice, and equity-minded change.

Objective 3.1: Students will develop the capacity to participate in and lead inclusive cultures in their field.

Objective 3.2: Students will develop critical analysis skills and practices around the role of social justice in equity-minded change.

 Goal 4: Our graduates will develop mastery of specific skills that they can apply to their professional fields.

Objective 4.1: Students will develop an understanding of the impact of historical, political, and contextual perspectives on their professional practices.

Objective 4.2: Students will develop the capacity to apply effective leadership practices in their field, including mission formation, strategic planning, finance/operations, learning design, diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks and practices, and communications.

EDL 800Prof Sem: Doctoral Studies3
EDL 805Quantitative Research I3
EDL 820Interdisciplinary Ldsh Theory3
EDL 830Critical Ldsh: Social Justice3
EDL 846Hist/Pol/LegalContxt Ldsh: HE3
EDL 835Qualitative Research I3
EDL 843Curriculum and Instruction3
EDL 844Teaching Practicum3
EDL 851Learning Design&Env: HE3
EDL 855Scholar-Practitioner Sem: K-123
or EDL 856 Scholar-Practi Sem:Higher Ed
EDL 860Strat Plan,Eval,Fiscal Resour3
EDL 865Comm & Research Dissemination3
EDL 870Proposal Writing: K-123
or EDL 871 Proposal Writing: Higher Educa
EDL 875Organizational Theory&Change3
EDL 885Global Perspectives on Ldsh3
EDL 890Adv Resrch Method: Quant/Mixed3
or EDL 891 Adv Resrch Method: Qualitative
EDL 893Dissertation Study I6
EDL 894Dissertation Study II6
EDL 899Dissertation Study III0
Total Hours60
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
EDL 800 Prof Sem: Doctoral Studies 3
EDL 830 Critical Ldsh: Social Justice 3
EDL 805 Quantitative Research I 3
EDL 820 Interdisciplinary Ldsh Theory 3
EDL 846 Hist/Pol/LegalContxt Ldsh: HE 3
EDL 875 Organizational Theory&Change 3
Second Year
EDL 835 Qualitative Research I 3
EDL 851 Learning Design&Env: HE 3
EDL 860 Strat Plan,Eval,Fiscal Resour 3
EDL 843 Curriculum and Instruction 3
EDL 885 Global Perspectives on Ldsh 3
EDL 844 Teaching Practicum 3
Third Year
EDL 870
Proposal Writing: K-12
or Proposal Writing: Higher Educa
EDL 855
Scholar-Practitioner Sem: K-12
or Scholar-Practi Sem:Higher Ed
EDL 890
Adv Resrch Method: Quant/Mixed
or Adv Resrch Method: Qualitative
EDL 865 Comm & Research Dissemination 3
Fourth Year
EDL 893 Dissertation Study I 6
EDL 894 Dissertation Study II 6
Fifth Year
EDL 899 Dissertation Study III (Only Required if Dissertation is Incomplete ) 0
 Total Hours60