The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at Saint Joseph’s University focuses on contemporary curriculum, ethics in education and educational planning.
Doctor of Education in Healthcare Education (EdD)
The Doctor of Education in Healthcare Education (EdD) at Saint Joseph's University will prepare graduates to teach the next generation of healthcare professionals, with an emphasis on leadership and organizational change theory, as well as practical experiences in curriculum design and instruction.
In this 60-credit program, students will learn to effectively teach the future pipeline of healthcare professionals. Upon graduation, you’ll build a unique set of skills and values, including:
- Community: Cohorts with strong peer-to-peer and faculty-student relationships
- Academic Expectations + cura personalis: High standards coupled with “caring for the whole person” by recognizing that our students are professionals with full lives
- Scholar-Practitioner: Applying knowledge and research to problems of practice
- Social Justice: Critically examining systems of power in order to advance equity
What Sets Our Program Apart
The healthcare education doctorate degree program follows a hybrid model, meaning instruction will take place on-campus one night a week, with the remaining instructional hours taking place in an asynchronous online learning. Within the cohort model (new cohorts begin each Fall), students complete three years of coursework, followed by a year of dissertation advisement.
Saint Joseph’s online graduate programs are built for busy working professionals ready for career advancement. You’ll learn real-world skills from accomplished faculty that you can apply to your current job or use to pursue a new career path, no matter where you’re located.
Smaller class sizes allow for individualized instruction and attention from faculty, opportunity for hands-on learning and build a community with peers. The program has evidence to demonstrate achievement of student competence and program outcomes.
The graduate program offers a unique approach to healthcare education. Students will follow two styles of instruction in their courses:
- Content Courses: This track prepares students to cover theories, subject-matter knowledge, and professional skills.
- Research Courses: This track provides students the opportunity to cover concepts and skills for designing, conducting, analyzing and presenting a scholarly study and dissertation.
What Can You Do With an EdD in Healthcare Education?
As a career, healthcare education can provide advancement opportunities for healthcare professionals who strive to instruct and prepare future healthcare professionals in both higher education and clinical/agency settings. With an EdD in healthcare education, you can pursue a career in:
- Chief academic officer
- Training and development manager
- Chief learning officer
- Education administrator
- Post secondary faculty member
- Professional developer (clinical or organizational settings)
- Social and community service managers
- Survey researcher
View the required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Affordable tuition options start at $1,133 per credit.*
*Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page for a detailed cost breakdown.
Merit scholarships are now available!
You do not have to apply separately for merit scholarships. We will evaluate your admission application for merit scholarships at the time of review.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
SJU is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Service can help you access and understand your benefits.
Why Study Healthcare Education in Philadelphia?
Here in Philadelphia, you’re in the heart of the healthcare and social service industry, where you’re surrounded by colleges and universities, rehabilitation centers and over 250 medical facilities. With our campus being in close proximity to Center City Philadelphia, students will have many internship opportunities and hands-on experiences.
To be considered for admission you must have a master’s degree and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Check back soon on information on how to apply for this program.
Graduate applications are reviewed on an academic year basis. This means applications are accepted for the Fall semester only. If needed, the accepted student can submit a request to the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Education Program for Educational Leaders (IDEPEL) Director to defer acceptance to the following Fall semester; deferred acceptances are permitted for one academic year before the student needs to re-apply to the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
An EdD, or Doctor of Education, is fundamentally a practitioner's degree, intended for working professionals interested in taking on leadership roles in both academic/educational and organizational settings. EdD focuses on real-world application, equipping students with the knowledge and tools they need to effectively lead in educational settings.
A PhD in Education is more research-oriented, designed for those looking to pursue scholarly work or teach in collegiate settings. The PhD is ideally suited for students who want to devote their careers to scholarship and/or teaching at institutions of higher education.
The median annual salary for EdD degree holders is $78,500. Salaries for EdD professionals can vary significantly by role.
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