Doctor of Behavioral Health in Organizational Leadership – Qualitative

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership: Behavioral Health (Qualitative Research)

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

Learn New Behavioral Interventions with the Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree

Grand Canyon University’s qualitative Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health is an intensive exploration of leadership styles and principles, supervision and intervention methods. You will have the opportunity to grow your understanding of organizational leadership excellence within the context of behavioral health. This EdD degree program is designed to teach you advanced skills that can be applicable in your practice and potentially help you enhance your career qualifications.

The College of Doctoral Studies developed this program specifically for people who desire to be a leader in a behavioral health organization. You can expand your knowledge while studying the principles of entrepreneurism, strategic planning and leadership. There is an emphasis on servant leadership and professional ethics in the behavioral health field. Licensed counselors, therapists, social workers and psychiatric nurses are welcome to apply to the EdD degree program.

What Is a Qualitative EdD in Organizational Leadership – Behavioral Health?

In GCU’s qualitative organizational leadership - doctor of behavioral health degree, you can personally examine events to better understand an observed phenomenon. In doing this, you have the opportunity to develop expertise in the development of a research study and gain insight into how and why people think, believe and behave the way they do. This differs from GCU’s quantitative program which focuses on developing expertise in the creation of a sampling plan and in the collection of data.

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Organizational Leadership DBH Degree Outcomes

Examine business theories and practices as they pertain to for-profit and nonprofit organizations within the behavioral health field. You can develop a solid understanding of qualitative scholarly research. As a learner, you are encouraged to become a scholar-practitioner with a polished communication style and excellent analytical reasoning skills. GCU is committed to providing flexible learning paths for working professionals who wish to advance their academic qualifications.

This EdD program is offered through online and evening classes taught by knowledgeable instructors. GCU’s digital learning platform affords you the opportunity to collaborate with peers and benefit from intellectually stimulating discussions.

Alumni Doctoral Degree Scholarship
Now Available

GCU alumni enrolling in a doctoral program for the first time may be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship.§

What You’ll Learn in the Qualitative Doctorate in Behavioral Health

Organizational leadership is an innovative management approach that considers the roles of individuals in achieving organizational objectives. You will study these business principles and practices while expanding your understanding of clinical interventions in the behavioral health field. The qualitative organizational leadership doctorate in behavioral health online program includes courses such as strategic planning and change, behavioral health management and behavioral health entrepreneurship. The academically rigorous coursework delivers an in-depth look at the following topic areas:

  • Fundamental elements of entrepreneurship in the behavioral health field including business plan formulation, venture capital and regulations that govern behavioral health
  • Behavioral health theories as they apply to epidemiology, disease management, outcome management and patient retention
  • The impact of leadership and the effects of behaviors on the formulation and execution of strategy within an organization
  • Psychopathology, clinical pathophysiology, behavioral assessment, common medical practices, evidence-based interventions and best practices

You are required to complete a dissertation with original research that contributes to the body of knowledge of the field. As part of the dissertation process, you can attend two five-day residencies. While attending residency, you have the opportunity to build professional networks, present your scholarly work, and receive systematic feedback and mentorship of faculty.

Career Outcomes

A doctoral degree is the pinnacle of achievement that demonstrates a graduate’s dedication to academic excellence in the field. Practitioners who earn their qualitative EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health may be able to position themselves for potential leadership positions across a variety of settings. These may include hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, faith-based organizations and inpatient or outpatient treatment programs.

 

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.

§ MOU-Alumni 2000 Doctoral-Feb2024: The Alumni Scholarship for Doctoral Programs is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application and begin a Doctoral program in February 2024. This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with any other GCU scholarship or awards and only applies to online and evening programs. Please speak to a university counselor for complete details.

Time to Completion and Dissertation Process

To learn more about time to completion and the dissertation process at GCU, visit our doctoral page.

Course List

Major:
60 credits
Degree Requirements:
60 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces doctoral learners to the principle elements of research, scholarly writing, and effective argumentation. Learners are made aware of the dispositions and expectations of doctoral researchers as well as the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility of scholars to contribute new knowledge to their respective fields of study. Learners begin the process of identifying a researchable dissertation topic and are acquainted with appropriate scholarly resources that support the development of the dissertation.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to the critical reading of scholarly qualitative and quantitative literature at the doctoral level. Learners also explore the concept of synthesizing the scholarly literature to identify problems and problem spaces that emerge to form a researchable topic of study. The application of scholarly argumentation from the extant literature to defend the need for a research study is discussed.

Course Description

This course examines multiple ethical frameworks, principles, and theories as they apply to the study and practice of leadership. Corporate social responsibility will be addressed from the perspective of ethical decision making. Prerequisite: RES-815.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the impact of leadership and the effects of behaviors on the formulation and execution of strategy within an organization. Topics include the increasing importance of resilience and change in today’s global and turbulent economy.

Course Description

In this course, learners are introduced to key components of qualitative and quantitative research designs and the means to critically appraise the application of research designs as observed in the scholarly literature. The University's core research designs are presented. Consideration is given to the initial selection and defense of a research design to address a problem that emerged from the extant literature.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods employed in qualitative and quantitative research designs. Learners explore the alignment of sampling, data collection, and data analysis methods to the research topic, research questions, and research design. The course positions learners to select qualitative or quantitative designs for their dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-831.

Course Description

This residency allows learners to continue developing their skills as academic researchers. Learners will have hands-on experience applying quantitative and qualitative design principals to develop the foundational elements for their potential dissertation studies. Prerequisite: RES-850, RES-825, RES-831, or RCS-831.

Course Description

This course proposes application of behavioral health theories to such areas as epidemiology, disease management, assessment and treatment planning, outcome management, and patient retention. Emphasis is placed on improving the quality of patient care.

Course Description

This course provides a broad understanding of clinical supervision in a variety of behavioral health settings. Clinical supervisory relationships, models of supervision, supervisory assessment instruments, supervisory methods, interventions, and current research are addressed.

Course Description

This course examines the business aspects of both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors of the behavioral health industry from an entrepreneurial perspective. Emphasis is placed on the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, creation of business plans, venture capital and investment, laws and regulations governing behavioral health, and tools for measuring business success.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore the basic components of GCU qualitative core research designs including descriptive, case study, and phenomenology. The nature of epistemological foundations and the structure of problem statements, purpose statements, research questions, data sources, collection and analysis approaches are discussed in the context of each design.

Course Description

In this course, learners differentiate the epistemological foundations and explore the data trustworthiness, research ethics, and potential for bias in descriptive, case study, and phenomenology research designs. The process of building a rationale for design choice and aligning the research questions, interview questions, problem statement, and purpose statement is addressed. Sources of qualitative data are introduced for each design, and ethical aspects of research are discussed. Prerequisite: RES-841.

Course Description

This course explores the opportunities and challenges facing leaders in the global environment. The course topics focus on aspects of leading global and diverse workforces, and on theories of leadership and leadership development in diverse and global cultures.

Course Description

In this residency, learners orally present and defend an expanded design of their preliminary dissertation research from RSD-851. Emphasis is placed on developing the qualitative dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of collaboration, consultation models, and problem-solving strategies in various behavioral health settings. The focus is on the application of professional consultation services with diverse populations.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: RES-871, RES-885, RSD-883, or RSD-884.

Course Description

In this course, learners explore qualitative data collection techniques and sources of qualitative data in the context of answering the research questions posed by a study. Consideration is given to the recognition of data saturation and the management of data. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs to prepare a written statement of data collection, and management activities. Prerequisite: RES-843.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DIS-955.

Course Description

In this course, learners focus on the interpretation of qualitative data to produce written research findings, results, and implications. Learners continue to work with their respective dissertation chairs and apply information from this course to move ahead in the dissertation process. Prerequisite: RES-873.

Course Description

In this course, learners apply the skills of the practitioner-scholar. They are self-motivated and committed to reflective practice. They actively seek input from other scholars while continuing to design and/or conduct independent research under the guidance of the dissertation committee. Prerequisite: DIS-960.

Continuation Courses

The course identified above represent the minimum academic course requirements only. Most students will also need to take one or more of the following Research Continuation Courses to complete a dissertation. Research Continuation Courses are 3-credit courses charged at the standard doctoral per credit rate.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-965.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-966 or DIS-966E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-967 or DIS-967E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-968 or DIS-968E; RSD-951.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-969 or DIS-969E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-970 or DIS-970E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-971E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-972E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-973E.

Continuation Courses

The course identified above represent the minimum academic course requirements only. Most students will also need to take one or more of the following Research Continuation Courses to complete a dissertation. Research Continuation Courses are 3-credit courses charged at the standard doctoral per credit rate.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-965.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-966 or DIS-966E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-967 or DIS-967E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-968 or DIS-968E; RSD-951.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-969 or DIS-969E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-970 or DIS-970E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-971E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-972E.

Course Description

This course emphasizes the finalization of the dissertation and provides learners with individualized support for completing their dissertation journey. Learners continue to work directly with their dissertation chair and committee members based on their individual progress plan for completing their dissertation. Prerequisite: DIS-973E.

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