Doctorate in Hospital Administration: Info for PhD Students

Ph.D. programs in hospital administration train medical professionals or administrators to oversee the business operations of hospitals and healthcare centers. Let's discuss some information you need to know before entering one of these doctoral programs.

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Essential Information

Program Levels PhD
Field(s) of Study Hospital management or healthcare administration
Prerequisites Master's degree
Program Requirements 60 credit hours and a dissertation
Program Length 3-6 years
Career Options Hospital director, medical resident, professor, senior healthcare analyst, post-doctoral scholar, health economist, or public health administrator
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 17% growth
Average Annual Salary (2015) $106,070 (for medical and health services managers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Doctorate programs in hospital administration often come in the form of Ph.D. programs in hospital management or healthcare administration. Students spend a great deal of time in individualized seminars or research sessions with faculty members. Most universities offering Ph.D. programs in healthcare management require doctoral students to complete a dissertation that explores a particular subsection of the field. These programs require approximately 60 credit hours to complete. There are generally strict admission requirements for these programs. A bachelor's and master's degree are typically required to gain entrance into a Ph.D. program in health care management or administration.

Students should also have a strong grade point average, transcripts, and experience in administration, law, policy, management or science.

Ph.D. in Hospital Administration

Many courses found within a Ph.D. program in healthcare management are suited to a student's individualized plan of study. Course topics may include health and economics, data analysis and health services research. Common seminar courses include:

  • Principles of epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Biomedical studies
  • Insurance
  • Managed care in health services
  • Organizational behavior in healthcare

Popular Career Options

Healthcare administration incorporates aspects of both business and health sciences. For that reason, many career opportunities are open to graduates of a Ph.D. program in the field. Some career options include:

  • Hospital director
  • Medical resident
  • Professor
  • Senior healthcare analyst
  • Post-doctoral scholar
  • Health economist
  • Public health administrator

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there is expected to be much faster than average job growth in this field. Employment is projected to increase 17% between 2014 and 2024. Salary is relatively high for professionals in this field. As the BLS reports, the average salary for medical and health services managers was $106,070 in 2015. The highest paying industries for these workers was pharmaceutical, manufacturing and electro-medical instruments manufacturing.

Admission into doctorate programs in hospital administration is competitive, but once admitted, students can expect classes in health and economics, data analysis and health services research. Students in this program have a great job outlook upon graduation that is expected to increase 17% from 2014-2024.

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