Director of Doctor in
Health Care Education & Leadership

Ryan Meers, PhD
PH 402.552.7253 TF 800.647.5500 
meersryan@clarksoncollege.edu

Degree Options

Doctoral degree

Doctoral Education & Leadership (Ed.D) Courses

This course in advanced research provides students with knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing and designing research at the doctorate-level. Students explore the application of research to the practice setting. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method research designs and methods are analyzed. Ethical and social change implications of conducting research, producing knowledge and engaging in scholarship are emphasized. Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge and skills of applied research.

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This course examines the behavioral, cultural and social contexts of health disparities and its consequences as well as implications for the health of minority populations from a health care perspective. The history of health disparities, inequity and inequality while highlighting their differences are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the roles of health care practitioners and health care facilities in providing health care equity.

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This course focuses on the dissertation process and a review of the literature surrounding the student’s proposed topic. The students’ committee chair and members will be identified. The roles of the committee chair and committee members are discussed, as well as College resources.

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This course, focusing on scientific inquiry, emphasizes the formulation and the writing of a dissertation/proposal and the process for IRB. Methodology and content for each of the proposed chapters are defined.

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This course focuses on the data collection, data analysis and formulation of dissertation outcome chapter(s) following IRB approval. A thorough discussion of the review of literature refuting or supporting the dissertation results is highlighted. Completion of the Portfolio Assessment of Core Competencies is part of this course.

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This course focuses on the completion of the dissertation. Content, format issues and recommendations for further research are discussed. Dissemination of the dissertation outcome and possible outlets for publication are covered.

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This course will review a variety of organizational systems and structures primarily from the human behavior and communication perspectives. Topics include history of organizations, how organizational meaning is created and sustained, communications, group dynamics, leadership, power, organizational design and development, and organizational culture. Particular attention will be paid to application of relevant concepts through organizational change in healthcare and educational settings.

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This course will prepare the student to design, influence, and implement health care policies that frame ethical health care practice/education through financing, regulation, access, safety, quality, and advocacy. The student will investigate health care policies that address issues of social justice and equity in health care. The student will apply two additional skill sets: the ability to analyze the policy process and the ability to engage in politically competent action. The student will engage proactively in the development and implementation of health policy at various levels, including institutional, local, state, regional, federal, and international levels. Students will demonstrate the essential competencies to assume a leadership role in the development of ethical health policy by contrasting the major contextual factors and policy triggers that influence health policy-making at the various levels.

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This course will enable learners to apply the tools of budgeting, finance and strategy to address challenges faced by administrators/directors in higher educational and health care settings. Topics will include role of staffing, equipment needs, facilities planning, cost effectiveness, market analysis and financial projecting. Case studies and current events will be integrated throughout to encourage discussions.

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This course provides a study of the current trends and issues, such as social, economic, political, ethical and/or cultural affecting health care education. Emphasis is placed on critical review of educational and leadership issues.

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This course examines current and foundational research of the mind, brain and learning that impacts the learner’s ability to effect transformational changes in personal and professional behaviors. Recent and classical theories are explored to enable learners to identify and enhance learning.

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This course will allow the learner to analyze, evaluate and design a variety of methods for assessment of educational programs at the course, program and organizational level. Application for assessment strategies and methods will be made to higher educational programs and professional training/development programs in the organizational setting. Consideration of leading organizational change to develop a culture of assessment will also be addressed. Processes and challenges of learning assessment related to organizational outcomes are addressed.

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This course focuses on curriculum development and implementation for educational programs based upon research, societal trends and organizational needs. Curriculum planning and design in relationship to program mission, objectives and outcomes will be discussed. Learners will explore the influence of regulatory bodies on program development.

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This course is designed to present a variety of theories used to mediate conflict at various social and psychological levels. The causes, manifestations of organizational conflict and intervention techniques will be presented. Learners will apply mediation and conflict resolution techniques and theories at the organizational level as facilitative leaders.

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This course focuses on theories of leadership and their application for organizational effectiveness, which occurs in the context of modern society by initiating and reacting to change. The course is designed to provide students a foundation in leadership theory, development, and application providing the framework to further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of future educational leaders. Special emphasis is given to the impact of the interaction among organizational culture, leadership styles and change and the effects on the learning community.

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This course examines the current state of distance education and the use of technology to effectively achieve measurable student outcomes. Learners will critically evaluate the relationship between instructional design and technology. Learners will explore the principles, philosophies, practices and current delivery models used by practitioners in the distance education arena. Learners will also explore assessment tools and methodologies to develop evaluation strategies monitoring both synchronous and asynchronous delivery systems.

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This course is the first of three courses that culminates in the final dissertation as demonstrated through research that reflects the breadth of the student’s education, synthesis of the knowledge gained and the translation of evidence to improve practice. The dissertation will be defended in an open forum to an inter-professional committee.

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This course is the second of three courses that culminates in the final dissertation as demonstrated through research that reflects the breadth of the student’s education, synthesis of the knowledge gained and the translation of evidence to improve practice. The dissertation will be defended in an open forum to an inter-professional committee.

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This course is the third of three courses that culminates in the final dissertation as demonstrated through research that reflects the breadth of the student’s education, synthesis of the knowledge gained and the translation of evidence to improve practice. The dissertation will be defended in an open forum to an inter-professional committee.

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Last updated: 08/28/2018