Doctorate in Healthcare Management:
DBA - Healthcare Management & Leadership

Unlock new career possibilities with CIU’s online Doctorate in Healthcare Management program. Gain advanced decision-making skills, refine research and writing abilities, and position yourself for success.

Want to position yourself as a leader in healthcare administration? Start with a DBA in Healthcare Management from an accredited university.

The Doctorate of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership (DBA-HCML) program is designed to help students perform applied research and transforms mature learners into leaders. While focusing on advanced decision-making skills and techniques, doctorate candidates also hone the research and writing skills that are required for the high-level of responsibility in academic and business environments.

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Career Outcomes:

Possible career avenues with a Healthcare Management degree:


Hospital Administration


Pharmaceutical Product Manager

Medical Practice Manager


Healthcare Data Analyst

Healthcare Consultant

What does a Doctorate in Healthcare Management and Leadership (DBA-HCML) from CIU include?

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
• Through written and oral communications demonstrate mastery of content knowledge in specialized healthcare fields for a higher level of understanding for decision making in complex organizational environments
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills for local and global healthcare business planning and decision making
• Identify and evaluate ethical behavior in healthcare to create plans that enhance processes and optimum return on investments
• Demonstrate effective leadership skills and entrepreneurial mindset for starting new ventures and growing innovative and collaborative economic development
• Apply research approaches to data collection, analysis, and synthesis for organizational effectiveness, change, and continuous improvement within a healthcare environment

Online Healthcare Management Degree Topics Include:

Strategies for healthcare leadership

Marketing for healthcare professionals

Healthcare and the economy

Healthcare management systems

Online Doctorate in Healthcare Management (DBA-HCML) Course Curriculum:

The Doctorate of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership degree requires completion of 60 semester credits of coursework which includes 30 credits of Business Core courses, 15 credits of Healthcare Management and Leadership Specialization courses, a Comprehensive Competency Assessment, and 15 credits of Dissertation courses.

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1. Business Core Courses: 30 Credits/10 Courses

  • ECO 615 – Global Economy
  • FIN 605 – Global Business Finance
  • GRC 600 – Doctoral Academic Study and Writing
  • GRC 605 – Business Research Methodology and Quantitative Statistics
  • MGT 616 – Organizational Change and Development in Management System
  • MGT 610 – Mastering Leadership: Theories and Concepts
  • MGT 618 – International Business
  • MGT 662 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • MKT 640 – E-Commerce Models and Applications
  • MKT 645 – Marketing Research in Consumer Behavior

2. Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management Specialization Courses: 15 Credits/5 Courses

  • IST 630 – Information Technology in Organizations
  • IST 635 – Managing IT Project
  • IST 638 – Knowledge Management: Concepts and Practices
  • IST 639 – Enterprise Resource Planning and Management
  • IST 655 – Effective Security Management

3. Comprehensive Competency Assessment: 0 Credits/1 Course

  • Comprehensive Competency Assessment 

4. Research Project or Doctorate Dissertation Courses: 15 Credits/5 Courses

A. Research Project

  • DRP 801 – Introduction to Doctoral Research Project
  • DRP 802 – Doctoral Research Project Literature Support
  • DRP 803 – Doctoral Research Project Research Methodology
  • DRP 804 – Doctoral Research Project Results and Findings
  • DRP 805 – Doctoral Research Project Conclusions and Recommendations

B. Graduate Level Research

  • GRC 641 – Chapter 1 Dissertation Introduction
  • GRC 642 – Chapter 2 Dissertation Literature Review
  • GRC 643 – Chapter 3 Dissertation Methodology
  • GRC 644 – Chapter 4 Dissertation Results and Findings
  • GRC 645 – Chapter 5 Dissertation Conclusions and Recommendations/Dissertation Presentation and Oral Defense

Admission Requirements

1) Masters Degree

2) Curriculum Vitae / Professional Resume

3) Application for Admission

Program Costs

Doctorate Degree Tuition Per Credit$528
Total Cost Per Course Including E-Books$1,779
Total Costs$36,675

With an Accredited Online DBA Degree, Your Effort Matters

California Intercontinental University is accredited by DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. Our programs are accredited by ACBSP, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Why accreditation matters for your Online DBA in Healthcare Administration:


Rest assured your education meets industry qualifications.

Quality coursework

Accreditation means credits are valuable and transferable.

Financial Aid

Accredited programs are eligible for more financial aid options.

Become an Expert in Healthcare Administration Online

You can earn a Healthcare Administration Doctorate while keeping up with work and family responsibilities. At CIU, students are able to take one course at a time, each spanning six weeks, to develop industry-specific skills and propel their careers forward. From anywhere in the world, at their own pace.

Flexibility + Structure

Flexible classroom schedule designed to work around your schedule. Access course modules from anywhere, anytime.

Career-Centric Education

Learn real-world skills and gain in-depth knowledge that can be directly applied to your career and your future. Don’t miss your shot on advancing in your career.

Unmatched Support System

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Frequently Asked Questions About Doctorate In Healthcare Management

Yes, California Intercontinental University (CIU) is accredited by DEAC and ACBSP, is a member institution of CHEA, and is approved by BPPE.

CIU offers various support services, including a Writing Center, Math Lab, workshops, and access to an innovative AI technology called Pocket Confidant. Additionally, students benefit from the extensive online LIRN Library.

Yes, CIU’s DBA program is designed to create valuable connections that advance students’ career goals, fostering meaningful networking opportunities.

Absolutely, CIU’s 100% online programs provide flexibility for students to access course materials and lectures from anywhere at any time.

CIU’s Financial Aid Department assists eligible applicants with FAFSA applications, directs them to scholarship programs, and provides information about financial aid packages.

To enroll in CIU’s Online DBA program, applicants need a strong application reflecting academic and professional prowess. Requirements include 3-5 years of professional experience, a baccalaureate degree, and additional criteria for those without a graduate degree.

Yes, CIU’s Transfer Credit policy allows for evaluating transfer credits based on guidelines from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The process involves submitting documentation, including transcripts and course outlines.

A DBA focuses on applied research and practical knowledge, preparing graduates for high-level roles in business. In contrast, a PhD in Management emphasizes theoretical study and academia.

When selecting a DBA program, consider factors such as accreditation, flexibility, curriculum, and support services, ensuring it aligns with your career goals and learning preferences.

Graduates with a DBA can pursue various high-level positions, including C-Level Executive, Management Consultant, College Professor, Financial Manager, and Health Services Manager.

To choose a DBA specialization, consider your interests, career goals, and the specific focus areas offered by the program. Evaluate how each specialization aligns with your professional aspirations and skill development needs.

This is a doctorate program without a dissertation. Instead, it is designed to be finished with a Doctoral Research Project.

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