Online Doctoral Degrees in Healthcare

An online doctoral degree in healthcare program may provide individuals with heavy research and training skills needed within the different fields of healthcare. In these PhD programs, students may gain leadership and managerial capabilities, examine problem-based healthcare cases, and present a healthcare presentation. Popular areas of concentration may include healthcare administration, health services, and health policy.

Upon graduation, students may seek upper-level employment in the healthcare industry. Doctoral-level graduates may seek employment opportunities in public and private healthcare and group medical practices.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Concentrations

A research-heavy doctoral degree healthcare program may include several major-specific courses and include a dissertation requirement. Students may complete courses, such as healthcare ethics and law, healthcare policy, and research and practice within health services. Possible areas of concentration for a healthcare doctoral degree program may include the following:

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Health Administration
  • Health Services
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Management and Leadership
  • Healthcare Ethics
  • Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety

Career Options

Doctoral-level healthcare graduates may find employment opportunities in public and private healthcare settings and group medical practices. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare employment opportunities for those pursuing careers as medical and healthcare service managers are expected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Medical and Healthcare Service Manager
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Medical Records Manager
  • Nursing Director
  • Healthcare Consultant

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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