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2022-23 ATSU University Catalog 
2022-23 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, EdD

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Doctor of Education [in Health Professions]

The Doctor of Education (EdD) program complements the University’s mission of encouraging its constituencies to become leaders in improving community health and wellness with a comprehensive appreciation of the whole patient while helping to create the best health professions educators in the world. This program is for health professionals wanting to advance their careers in education, leadership, and scholarship. We provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to become successful educators, leaders, and researchers in the health professions. Our graduates are trained to perform with the highest ethical standards and sensitivity to cultural diversity. This program is one of few fully online doctorate degrees in health professions education and challenges students to examine the current state of health professions education and their individual roles and responsibilities within it. This program integrates web-based instructions, directed readings, and discussions among students and faculty. The College uses mission-driven, problem-based curriculum design and assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments. Students complete a doctoral research project (DRP) within a structured approach that allows for faculty and student feedback along the way.

EdD in Health Professions Program 

Career options for EdD in Health Professions graduates may include:

  • Professor at a college or university in a multitude of health professions
  • Director of medical, health professions, or health sciences education program or department
  • Director of continuing education for health professionals
  • Health professions clinical educator

Doctoral Research Project (DRP)

A student’s doctoral research project (DRP) trains students in the application of research to professional practice. The DRP consists of five courses taken after the completion of the core courses. It is recommended that students have a 3.0 cumulative GPA before entering the DRP portion of the program. Students will be required to achieve a minimum of a B in the DRP courses in order to progress. Students will be allowed a maximum of two attempts to complete a DRP course with the minimum grade required. A student who fails to meet this requirement will be dismissed from the program of study. Students may appeal a failing grade or a dismissal, according to the Academic Appeals Policy  of the ATSU University Catalog.

Length of Program

The Doctor of Education program is comprised of 55 credit hours.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is due the first day of class. The tuition due each semester is based on the credit hours being taken by the student during that specific semester. Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year. For more information on Student Account Collection, please reference ATSU Policy #50-112 within the Financial Policies  section of this catalog.

Tuition Student Technology Fee
$755 per credit hour $32 per credit hour


Descriptions and Credit Values

A typical course schedule consists of the following. Additional course options may be available and listed below under Other Courses.

The Doctoral Research Project (DRP) consists of five 5-hour courses that develop a research project from the stages of proposal to dissemination. The research project is a research based effort in an area chosen by the student. The goal of the DRP is to advance practical knowledge in health professions education based on research and analysis. Each student will be assigned a faculty member to approve the project and provide mentorship and supervision throughout the process.

First year

Other Courses

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