The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a concentration in Health Care Education is designed specifically for practicing educators and trainers of health care providers. This concentration fosters the development of leadership skills used to face current and future issues of social justice, managed care, professionalism, technology, disease prevention, and legal perspectives. Through self-reflection, analysis, and practical application of best practices, these skills are then used to solve real problems in the workplace. The doctoral program with a concentration in health care education focuses on developing health care educators as facilitators, innovators, leaders, consultants, and instructional designers by providing the knowledge and skills needed for the effective delivery of health information and care.
The primary goal of the concentration in Health Care Education (HCE) is to prepare practicing educators and trainers, clinicians, and allied health professionals as facilitators, innovators, leaders, consultants, and instructional designers for the effective delivery of health information and education in academic, institutional, and public community-based settings including schools, universities, hospitals, long term and rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, public and community organizations, and private practice. The doctoral program fosters an in-depth application of knowledge and skills, inquiry and research, problem-solving, collaboration and communication, professional development, higher order thinking skills, and ethical conduct.
Graduates of the Health Care Education concentration will foster quality of life, health promotion, disease prevention, and health care policy, in collaboration with multidisciplinary health care practitioners, clients, their families, and community stakeholders. They will act as leaders in influencing current and future issues of social justice, health care reform, technology utilization and professionalism in applying best practices in health care education.