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Completion Requirements

  • 15 semester credits
    • Foundation course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Core course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Focus sequence (9 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits


DDBA 8006

Contemporary Challenges in Business

Students are provided with a foundation for academic and professional success specific to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in the Doctor of Business Administration degree program. The topics covered in this course include change management, crisis management, innovation, and disruptive technology. Students engage in discussion and analyze scholarly literature related to these topics, their personal and professional experiences, and areas of academic interest from a practitioner approach and from a social-change-agent viewpoint. The focus of the course assignments is on the practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the promotion of professional business practice and academic excellence. Through their assignments, students emphasize their personal and professional development, including the completion of a personal SWOT analysis and professional development plan.

(3 sem. cr.)


DDBA 8161

Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage

Students in this DBA strategy course concentrate on the creation and implementation of business strategies that maximize competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students develop an understanding of why and how individuals and business organizations work together creating sustainable businesses in the global marketplace. They apply models for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of business organizations and identify opportunities and threats resulting from forces shaping the marketplace. Students focus on practical business applications of writing, critical thinking, and classroom engagement in a combination of essay discussions, research assignments, and writing papers to analyze, develop, and defend ideas for strategic and innovative business solutions for sustainability.

(3 sem. cr.)


DDBA 8560

Seminar in Healthcare Managerial Decision Making

In this seminar, independent scholars examine the application of healthcare policy and economic principles to managerial decision making, including policy development and implementation processes as well as how health policy changes over time. They also explore key policy initiatives related to cost, quality, ethics, and access, and they investigate stakeholders and interest groups involved in the health policy process. Independent scholars devote special attention to how economic principles, such as supply, demand, and market price determination, relate to the structure of the healthcare industry and the distribution of resources and services.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8561

Seminar in Managing Healthcare Delivery Systems

Healthcare delivery is one of the largest industries in the United States. Students in this seminar focus on the components of the health services delivery system, including patients, organizations, professionals, public and private third-party payers, regulators, reimbursement and reimbursement methods, and technology. Students explore the nature of population illness and disease, and they examine the continuum of health services, such as hospitals and hospital systems, ambulatory care services, long-term care services, wellness/prevention services, and community/public health services. In addition, students analyze contextual factors and challenges that are linked to the healthcare delivery system management; they also explore the impact of these challenges on the delivery of services and healthcare management.

(3 sem. cr.)
DDBA 8562

Seminar in Law and Ethics in Healthcare Management

Students in this seminar engage in an examination of the key laws, regulations, and court decisions related to healthcare operations, oversight of organizations and practitioners, and the rights and responsibilities of healthcare providers and patients. They study laws and regulations governing healthcare providers, the identification of organizational governance issues, fraud and enforcement, and the development of risk management processes and controls. Students also explore key ethical issues underpinning healthcare delivery and management, including patient rights and advocacy.

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 15 semester credit hours $1015 per semester hour $15,225
Technology Fee Per semester $220 $660


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $550 to $600.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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