Doctor of Management - Healthcare Management and Leadership Concentration

The Doctor of Management (DM) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for management professionals. The program prepares students to think and act strategically and enhance their abilities to make positive contributions in their chosen area of management expertise.

The Doctor of Management with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Leadership (DM-HCML) is designed to encourage the professional development of healthcare managers through mentoring, action research, and practical projects, enabling them to make key leadership.

The concentration in Healthcare Management and Leadership provides the student with in depth knowledge of management theories and the background to successfully participate in healthcare organizations. Studies include concepts of culture, values, and ethics, which differ among all peoples. The students develop an understanding of the moral dilemmas, choices, and challenges faced by healthcare leaders. Their knowledge expands to an understanding and enhancement of their own leadership characteristics and those of other successful organizational staff. Strategic designs are reviewed to ensure organization structures are understood. In addition, they need to develop change plans with consideration for implementation.

Students gain an understanding in health policy and regulations, healthcare economics and finance, healthcare informatics, and continuous improvements in healthcare systems.

Outcomes: Core
•Demonstrate fluency with the body of knowledge and demonstrate ability to apply relevant knowledge and technology to their chosen field, supplemented by a broad integrative understanding of complementary disciplines and globalization.
•Develop analytical and critical thinking proficiencies as a means of synthesizing, evaluating, and integrating concepts, knowledge, systems, and resources for effective decision analysis and solution generation, in the context of internal and external expertise, interests, and responsibilities.
•Apply effective theories, models, skills, and competencies in the context of organizational functions.
• Formulate knowledge through research, scholarly writing and dissemination of research or evidence based practice.

Outcomes: Concentration
•Adapt organizational theory and evidence-based management to the leadership of health organizations for enhanced delivery of services to the populations they serve.
•Appraise the influence of economic forces, evolving reimbursement/payment models, legal and regulatory constraints, and emerging trends in technology and clinical practice on health policies and decision making in healthcare.
•Design and evaluate metrics and outcomes for process improvements in operational performance of health organizations.
•Apply information management and technology principles and data analytics to identify issues and innovate solutions resulting in improved quality and reduced costs of healthcare.

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

MGMT802Management Theory

4

MGMT808Management and Ethics

4

MGMT818Leadership Theory and Development

4

MGMT822Application of Action Research

4

MGMT824Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment

4

MGMT828Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention

4

MGMT832Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking

4

RES804Principles of Research Methods and Design

4

RES812Qualitative Research Methods

4

RES814Quantitative Research Methods

4

RES860Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing

4

RES861Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography

4

RES862Dissertation Research Process

4

RES863Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review

4

RES864Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods

4

RES865Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction

4

RES866Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings

4

RES867Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion

4

RES868Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion

4

Total Credit Hours:76

Courses: Concentration

HCML870Health Policy and Regulations

4

HCML872Economics and Financing of Healthcare Organizations

4

HCML874Continuous Improvement for Systems in Healthcare

4

HCML876Informatics in Healthcare

4

MGMT878Advanced Career Strategies for the Scholar-Practitioner

4

Total Credit Hours:20

Total Credit Hours: 96


 

The Doctor of Management (DM) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for management professionals. The program prepares students to think and act strategically and enhance their abilities to make positive contributions in their chosen area of management expertise. The program emphasizes three sets of competencies: (1) Research and Writing; (2) Leadership and Change Management; and (3) the specific Concentration discipline.


The program thus includes ten core instructional courses, five concentration instructional courses, plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online.

In addition, graduation requires the approval of a dissertation which documents the student’s research processes and presents the findings and conclusions of that research, and suggests future research. The dissertation is divided into two major segments: the proposal and the full dissertation. The proposal will be developed by the student, and then submitted by the mentor to the University Review Board.  The research will then be conducted and written up, resulting in the full dissertation, which is then reviewed by a committee. These processes are conducted under the supervision of CTU’s professors.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research with a dissertation.

Symposium

Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be located in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.

Degree Completion and Post-Doctoral Study

The student must be continuously enrolled until meeting all graduation requirements. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for RES893 Dissertation Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.


CTU offers a Post-Doctoral Certificate for applicants with a terminal degree from a regionally accredited program. This program offers accelerated applications of management theories and research design methods. Students must demonstrate advanced knowledge in a field of study through research and scholarship. Each candidate will be appointed a distinguished mentor at the beginning of their program to supervise research and guide scholarly goals. Candidates will be required to publish their research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

To receive a Post-Doctoral Certificate students must successfully complete the five concentration courses offered in their selected program of study. Students are required to produce and publish the results of their postdoctoral research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal. Due to the temporary nature of postdoctoral programs, candidates must complete the program within a maximum of three years (extension may be granted by the Provost or Vice Provost). Candidates are required to be continuously enrolled in RES893 until their research publication is accepted by a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.


The Doctoral Advantage

While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MBA or MSM while starting work on the Doctor of Management. The program outcomes remain the same for the DM and the MBA or MSM under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after completing ten of the twelve required master’s courses. Program plans must be approved by the Provost, Vice Provost, Dean or Director for Graduate Programs. In no case will a master’s concentration be awarded unless all of the concentration courses (with the exception of a capstone course) have been completed.

The MBA or MSM degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus two approved DM courses.

 

Locations

  • Aurora (Denver Area)
  • Virtual Campus