The Executive ScD in Health Systems Management is designed to prepare mid-career professionals seeking to advance their skills to attain higher level management and leadership positions in health care The curriculum features four major learning themes: public health disciplinary frameworks, research design and implementation strategies, analytical and quantitative methods, and economic evaluation, These content areas are designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to undertake independent research and to identify health systems management and policy research issues which merit further analysis and evaluation. Students in this program frequently have backgrounds in health services administrators, health care clinicians, health scientists, health policy analysts, and public health leaders).
The program is delivered in an executive format that combines concentrated weekend study in New Orleans and distance learning.
Students can remain employed while undertaking this academic program.
Admission to the ScD degree in Health Systems Management requires the following:
Students apply through SOPHAS and will need to provide
Students without a degree in public health or who have not been completed one or more of the public health core courses, must fulfill the core courses as a prerequisite requirement for the ScD.
The ScD program requires a minimum of 75 post-baccalaureate degree credits with at least 45 credits of doctoral study at Tulane SPHTM. Up to 30 credits may be applied from the MPH or equivalent master’s degree. These credits will be reviewed and those that do not fulfill the PhD competencies may not be accepted. If a prerequisite course or equivalent has not been fulfilled, the student must take the course in addition to the 30 credits of advanced doctoral study, but may count toward the total 72 credits.
The advisor works with the student to outline a course of study in the doctoral program. If the doctoral student does not have a prior public health degree, they must obtain a grounding in public health.
Advanced Doctoral Study (at least 45 credits)
Students are required to take online research ethics training via CITI or another equivalent training program in research ethics. This certification must remain current throughout the program duration.
On completion of the coursework listed above, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination to demonstrate ScD program competencies.
Students must prepare and defend a prospectus of proposed research.
Students must conduct original health services research and defend a dissertation based on that research.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
The ScD in Health Systems Management requires a 300 hour practicum that is done in a practice setting to apply management and leadership skills. If done in their workplace, the project or activity is beyond their job responsibilities and under the leadership of a mentor.
The comprehensive exam and dissertation serve as the Culminating Experience.