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Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration

Bay Path University's Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) - Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration is designed for doctoral students interested in acquiring comprehensive and evidence-based information to develop appropriate programs and interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program is 100% online and made up of 16 courses (12 core courses and 4 elective courses) for a total of 48 credits.

CORE COURSES (12 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): HCM501, HSC701, HSC703, HSC705, hSC707, HSC713, HSC715, HSC790, HSC793, HSC797, PHE510, PHE517 
TRACK ELECTIVES (4 REQUIRED, DESCRIPTIONS BELOW): SPE511, SPE546, SPE552, SPE556

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
HCM501 Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics 3

This course addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in the delivery of healthcare. Emphasis will be on the common issues that healthcare professionals encounter. The student will be introduced to various legal terms, policy and statutes and their relationship to the healthcare system process. Additionally the student will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding healthcare law and ethics and the effect on healthcare policy.

HSC701 Leadership Theory in Healthcare 3

The purpose of this course is to explore leadership theories in the context of the changing healthcare environment. The student will develop a theoretical position regarding how to be an effective leader in a variety of healthcare and organizational settings.

HSC703 Applied Statistics for Health Sciences 0

This course covers the selection, application, and interpretation of basic statistical tests and procedures applicable to healthcare research topics. Topics include data, variables, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlations, t test, Fischer’s F test, and the one-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA).

HSC705 Transformational Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC707 Policy Leadership for Healthcare Transformation 3

This course is designed to aid individuals in becoming transformational leaders. It serves as a comprehensive resource in developing the foundational, conceptual, interpersonal, and practical disposition essential to inculcate transformation leadership skills and abilities.

HSC713 Quantitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to quantitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate quantitative research questions, collect quantitative data, select appropriate statistical analyses, and analyze quantitative data.

HSC715 Qualitative Research Methods 3

This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research methods. Students will develop the skills necessary to formulate appropriate qualitative research questions, collect qualitative data, and analyze qualitative data.

HSC790 Research Project 1 3

This course will review proposal components, with particular emphasis on research design and developing the literature review, and will also focus on key issues such as research project format standards, time management demands, committee formation, IRB training, and project management. Students must submit their IRB proposal for institutional approval.

HSC793 Research Project 2 3

Doctoral students will be guided and assisted in the completion of research data collection, data analysis, conclusions, recommendations, and preparations for final methodology review.

HSC797 Research Project 3 3

A continuation of DHS 793, doctoral students will be guided in the completion of edits required by the research project committee and methodology review, and preparation for the project defense.

PHE510 Cultural Competency in Healthcare 3

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE517 Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health 3

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.

SPE511 Applied Behavior Analysis 3

This course introduces the philosophical assumptions and dimensions of the science of applied behavior analysis, including determinism, empiricism, parsimony, selectionism, pragmatism, and lawfulness of behavior. Students define key terms related to applied behavior analysis, the scientific principles of behavior, and behavioral technologies. Students differentiate between environmental and mentalistic explanations of behavior, and between conceptual, experimental, and applied analyses of behavior.

SPE546 Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3

This course focuses on students with autism and examines the variety of exceptionalities and special needs of these children. Each criteria listed in the DSM-V will be examined in addition to neurobiological, psychological, educational, social, and emotional factors. Students will be exposed to a range of specialized and individualized instructional strategies and supports for students with Autism, including development of social and emotional skills and strategies for successful inclusion.

SPE552 Advocacy, Collaboration and Problem Solving for Students with Autism 3

This course will explore the importance of communication and collaborative practices between all members of the education team as a means of problem-solving and advocating for students with Autism. Students will be exposed to research-based teaching practices, programming, social emotional development and supports, and cooperative practices in order to promote success for the student with Autism. Students will acquire tools to participate effectively in cross-disciplinary teams and to collaborate with families of students with autism and have the opportunity to reflect about collaborating with families when developing and implementing educational programs.

SPE556 Supporting Communication and Social Development for Students with Autism 3

This course will explore various research-based strategies for developing and increasing communicative outputs and socialization for students with Autism. Students will become familiar with the theoretical foundations of socialization and communication. Students will engage in techniques for developing social communication for students with Autism, including the use of augmentative communication, as well as assistive technology options, and social skills curriculums.