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Ed.D. in Health Care Education

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 is to prepare practicing educators and health professionals to take on teaching and leadership roles in a variety of educational and health care settings. 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. The Health Care Education concentration provides a comprehensive knowledge base applicable to a variety of settings and focuses on organizational behavior, trends and issues in health care, health care policies, and advocacy and laws that frame health care practice.

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.

The following are specific admission requirements for entry into the Doctor of Education programs. Please refer to the admissions application or catalog for specific program admission requirements and information for international students.

  • Completed online application for admission, including ($50) nonrefundable application fee
  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and official final transcripts from all institutions of higher education (community colleges, bachelor’s programs, post-graduate programs)
  • Professional letters of recommendation from two (2) individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a doctoral program
  • No entrance exam required
  • Completed Personal Statement of Goals
  • Completed Transfer of Credits form if applicable


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by providing proof of a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.


Course Number Course Title Credits
EDD 8200 Leadership, Communication, and Technology 3
HCE 8020 Continuing Education for the Health Care Professions 3
HCE 8021 Contemporary Theories in Health Care Education and Promotion 3
HCE 8022 Trends in Health Care Policy 3
HCE 8023 Ethics and Professionalism in Health Care 3
HCE 8024 Health Care Communications 3
HCE 8025

Legal Aspects of Health Care Education

HCE 8026 Health and Learning 3





Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8100 The Nature of Knowing: Epistemology and Inquiry-Based Learning (Required Course) 3
RES 9300 Methods of Inquiry (Required Course) 3


Please select ONE of the following research tracks based on your dissertation (please consult your RES 9300 professor and your dissertation chair prior to registering):



Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8911 Quantitative Research Design 3
RES 8921 Quantitative Data Analysis 3



Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8916 Qualitative Research Design 3
RES 8926 Qualitative Data Analysis 3



The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing four major benchmarks.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
DISR 8966 Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus 3
DISR 8967 Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development 3
DISR 8968 Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal 3
DISR 8969 Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation 3



Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses.



ESRP 9000 Strategic Research Project I (6 credits): This course represents the first phase in the development of the Strategic Research Project (SRP). Students will begin the conceptualization and development of the Strategic Research Project. Students will identify the problem they wish to investigate. The problem can take many forms including but not limited to a problem of practice, challenge, or complex phenomenon in the student’s organization or in an organization they choose to study. Students will investigate this problem and provide multiple forms of evidence that demonstrate a need to focus on the problem in the particular organizational context. Students will (a) examine a problematic process/issue in an organization that could be improved through the implementation of planned intervention, (b) identify the specific evidence that serves to define the problem and the potential impact if it is not addressed, (c) determine a potential action, intervention, or change that could be implemented to bring about improvement, (d) review the literature to learn how other organizations have addressed the issue and which actions or interventions have been shown to be most effective, (e) discuss potential actions/interventions with your colleagues, professors, and other key experts in the field to gather additional ideas and feedback. Prerequisites: all prior courses


ESRP 9001 Strategic Research Project II (6 credits): This course represents the second phase in the development of the Strategic Research Project (SRP). Students continue to develop their project as they incorporate feedback on the proposed intervention, outline a system of evaluation for the recommended design and integrate the content of the entire project into one narrative and final deliverable. While students are not required to implement the intervention, their final strategic research project should provide a detailed plan and evaluation strategy that, backed by extensive research, would result in the expected improvement in the organization or successfully address the organization’s challenges. In addition, the final product will include an insightful reflection piece analyzing what was learned from development of the SRP, , what worked and what didn’t, and what changes or recommendations for improving the initial strategy resulted from the experiences. Prerequisite: ESRP 9000



Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with Fischler College classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas, including distance library services, student financial assistance, and program advising. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops enabling students to learn valuable information about the dissertation process, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
FSC 8000 Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) 1



Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
ADS 8091 Applied Dissertation Services 1
*Note: Students must be registered for ADS 8091 to be eligible for continuing services.
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