Accelerated Program for Students with an MHA

Walden offers students who hold a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) a shorter path to the PhD in Health Services.

Recognizing your previous academic progress, we will apply 34–35 credits toward your doctoral program, significantly reducing the time to completion and your total costs. The accelerated program builds on your current knowledge and experience with scholarly research and relevant coursework that will further prepare you for leadership positions in healthcare administration, policy, or academia.

Eligibility Requirements

  • MHA from Walden or another accredited university

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 71–73 quarter credits*
    • Foundation course (3 cr.)
    • Research core (25 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (19–20 cr.)
    • Electives (4–5 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 20 cr.)

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Foundation Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 8003 Course Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Credits (3 cr.)

Research Core

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 8551 Course Preparing for Dissertation Credits (5 cr.)

Specialization Courses

Select from five specializations (19–20 cr.).

If you choose the self-designed specialization, you are required to select one course (4 or 5 cr.) from among any of the other PhD in Health Services specializations. You also must select three courses (15 cr.) from the self-designed list.

Year Course Code Course Credits
Community Health
Year Course Code HLTH 8450 Course Community Health Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8440 Course Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8050 Course Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8129 Course Global Perspectives on Health Credits (5 cr.)
Healthcare Administration
Year Course Code HLTH 8031 Course Public Health Administration and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership, Management, and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8465 Course Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8112 Course Governance and Public Policy Credits (5 cr.)
Leadership
Year Course Code HLTH 8031 Course Public Health Administration and Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership, Management, and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8111 Course Leadership and Organizational Change Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8392 Course The Language of Leadership Credits (5 cr.)
Public Health Policy
Year Course Code HLTH 8127 Course Public Health Policy, Politics and Progress Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8451 Course Public Policy Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8431 Course Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8475 Course Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Self-Designed
Year Course Code HLTH 8400 Course Public Health Leadership, Management, and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8450 Course Community Health Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8129 Course Global Perspectives on Health Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8475 Course Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Year Course Code HLTH 8050 Course Global Health Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)

Electives

One course (4–5 cr.) to be selected from courses offered within all PhD in Health Services program specializations

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

Electives

Two courses selected from all courses offered within all specializations (8–10 cr.)

Dissertation

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 9001 Course Health Services Dissertation Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms until completion)

*The number of credits eligible for transfer from non-Walden University MHA degrees may be fewer depending upon evaluation of non-Walden University MHA program coursework.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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