Doctor of Education

Overview of the Ed.D. Program 

  • 60 post-master's credit hours, including a scholarly practice-focused dissertation that is required for the degree
  • Six credit hours is considered full time
  • All requirements for the Ed.D. must be completed within seven consecutive years, beginning with the date of the student's initial enrollment in a credit-bearing course in the program.

Ed.D. in Health Professions Education Program Course Offering

Transfer of Credit 

A maximum of 12 credits of approved post-master's level coursework applicable to the Ed.D. degree may be transferred from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Coursework older than seven years cannot be used to meet requirements for the Ed.D. degree.

Delivery Format

  • Coursework will be delivered predominately in an online format.
  • A one-day doctoral program orientation residency will be required to introduce learners to key components of the doctoral program.
  • Four days of residency shall be required.


 Core courses are offered on a three-year rotating schedule during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses include research courses, practicums, and electives.

Professional Education Core                  (15 credit hours)
EdD 700: Organizational Development & Change in Education
EdD 710: Leading a Health Sciences Learning Organization
EdD 720: Finance & Fiscal Management
EdD 730: Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues & Trends in Health Professions Education
EdD 740: Today's Health Sciences Student: Trends, Issues & Challenges
Curriculum and Instruction Courses  (15-18 credit hours)
EdD 750: Curriculum Theory & Design in the Health Professions
EdD 760: Pedagogy in Health Professions Education
EdD 770: Assessment & Evaluation in Health Sciences Education
EdD 780: Integrating Evolving Technology in Health Professions Education
EdD 790: Practicum in Health Professions Education
(Either EdD 790 or EdD 795 may be taken to satisfy plan of study requirements.)
EdD 795: Practicum in Health Professions Education
(Either EdD 790 or EdD 795 may be taken to satisfy plan of study requirements.)
Research Courses                                    (21 credit hours)  
EdD 800: Evidence Based Practice in the Health Professions 3
EdD 810: Methods of Inquiry - Qualitative Research 3
EdD 820: Methods of Inquiry - Quantitative Research 3
EdD 830: Dissertation Seminar 3
EdD 840: Dissertation
(minimum of 3 sections must be taken)
Electives                                                   (6-9 credit hours)  
EdD 845d: Doctoral Project Seminar - Empowering Students
EdD 845e: Controversies in Health Policy 3
EdD 845f: Diversity in Education 3
EdD 845g: Evaluating Online Teaching 3
EdD 845h: Literature Review Intensive
EdD 845i: Doctoral Project Seminar - Avian Inspiration
EdD 845j: Doctoral Project Seminar - Academic Writing  1
 Overall Program Total Credits

Residency Requirement

The residency requirement will be satisfied during the Evidence Based Practice in the Health Professions course and the Dissertation Seminar course. Students will complete a two-day residency within each course to complete the residency requirement.

Practice Focused Dissertation

The Ed.D. in health professions program prepares practitioner-scholars in health sciences education who develop and disseminate knowledge. The dissertation is a rigorous academic project intended to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and understanding the student has acquired throughout the program. As such, the practice focused dissertation is the final demonstration of competency in the Ed.D. in health professions education program.

The practice focused dissertation is overseen by a committee of doctorally-prepared practitioner-scholars selected by the student from the Allen College faculty and other post-secondary institutions. The faculty will reserve the right to approve a committee member from outside of the College. Each dissertation committee shall be required to include a minimum of three faculty members and chaired by a member of the Allen College faculty. At least one other committee member shall be a member of the Allen College faculty.

The dissertation includes a public oral defense and presentation. A dissertation involving human subjects and/or data collection must meet the standard expectations of doctoral research and have approval of the dissertation committee prior to the data collection.