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Executive Doctorate in Professional Leadership

About the Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.)

The Executive Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education prepares students for professional and administrative leadership positions in a variety of academic healthcare settings. The program provides intensive research and applied skills for students grappling with real-world educational needs and services in medicine, dentistry, nursing and other health-related areas. The design of the program emphasizes exploration, problem-solving and student collaboration in a variety of courses and research activities. A practical internship or Laboratory of Practice provides students with an avenue to apply the specifics of these problems to their course of study and research projects.

The Executive Ed.D. offers a number of distinctive benefits, including:

  • A program structure that enables fully employed healthcare professionals to earn a doctorate in approximately three years, while continuing to manage their careers. This includes coursework throughout the year, including summers and intersessions;
  • Concentration areas tailored to specific careers in academic healthcare settings;
  • A cohort structured program where students help each other and develop a learning community.

The 51-credit-hour program consists of 15 courses (45 credits total), plus 6 credits for doctoral thesis work. Students engage in a highly integrated curriculum that focuses on four core areas: learning and teaching, research methods, leadership and management, and innovative uses of instructional technology. A variety of experiences, including individualized mentoring and learning cohorts, support students’ personal leadership development.

The doctoral degree program is taught on-site in the Texas Medical Center by faculty from the UH College of Education and other academic healthcare institutions that have educational partnerships with the University of Houston.

The two and a half to three year executive program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals with a combination of evening, intersession, and online coursework. The program began in August 2013 with an initial cohort of students who participated in a new customized curriculum that emphasizes exploration, problem-solving and collaboration in a variety of experiences and research activities. In addition, two Laboratory of Practice courses provide a practical internship in which students apply what they have learned to solve educational problems in medicine, dentistry, nursing and other health-related areas in their community.

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