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Open Access Black Graduates of Health Administration Doctoral Programs: Examining Trends

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Black doctoral graduates in the field of Health Administration (HA) have historically been underrepresented in faculty positions, yet little is known about why. The current study uses national data from the census of research doctoral recipients in the United States from 2003 to 2013 to examine trends in Black graduates of HA doctoral programs. Specifically, we explore factors which explain why few of these graduates pursue academic careers, and characterize how Black doctoral recipients who secure academic jobs at graduation differ from their Black counterparts who do not. Of the 106 universities conferring 918 HA doctoral degrees during the study period, 95 Black individuals (10.3%) graduated from a total of 34 institutions (32.1%). Among Black doctoral recipients, academic jobs were more common among those who received full tuition remission, had fathers with at least an undergraduate degree, had no dependents, or graduated from a private nonprofit university. It is possible that the lack of mentorship and/or life circumstances may contribute to the observed low numbers of Black faculty members in our discipline. We discuss ways in which HA institutional leaders and educators may be able to better train and recruit Black doctoral recipients into academic positions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2017

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  • The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
    The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
    As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.

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