This week you will be completing the Purpose section of the Prospectus Form. For the Purpose section, you will describe what you will compare, explore, or examine in order to address your stated research problem.  Be sure to clarify your variables/concepts of interest. For example, state what needs be studied by describing two or more factors (variables) and a conjectured relationship among them related to the identified gap or problem.

For details on completing the Purpose section see the DHA Program Prospectus Support site information for the Research Problem and Purpose. The DHA Program Prospectus Support site is located on the DHA Doctoral Study webpage.

The Supporting Literature section must also be updated if you located additional resources related to your study variables.

By Day 7

Submit your updated Prospectus Form with the completed information required for the Purpose section, additional sources selected and with the previously completed sections of the form.

Note: You should also include any work from previous weeks on the Prospectus Form. The Prospectus Form is designed to be iterative, so you will be continually revising and adding to the content as you progress through the course.

DHA Prospectus Form

Students | Complete your doctoral
prospectus within this form. Write your responses in the white spaces using a scholarly tone and include in-text citations and APA reference entries where appropriate. You can click on underlined terms and headings for descriptions, resource links, and examples located in the Appendix. For additional prospectus information and resources, refer to the Doctoral Research Coach. Complete the Research Design Alignment Table within this form using the information from earlier sections and self-assess your research design alignment. Submit this completed form into MyDR for formal evaluation and feedback when your committee chair indicates that you are ready to do so.

Student’s Name | Click or tap here to enter text. Student ID | Click or tap here to enter text.

Program and Specialization* | Click or tap here to enter text. Submission Date | Click arrow to select a date.

*Remember that your study focus must be within the realm of your program and specialization area.

Evaluators Only | Complete this section and provide feedback on responses and rubric scores in the form where noted.

Committee Chairperson Name: Click or tap here to enter text. Overall Assessment: Choose score.

Second Committee Member Name: Click or tap here to enter text. Overall Assessment: Choose score.

PhD Program Director: Click or tap here to enter text. Overall Assessment: Choose score.


In 12 words or less, what is the working title for this study? Include the topic, variables and relationship between them, and the most critical key words.

Replace this text with your title.

Supporting Literature

The first step in developing your prospectus is to search the literature related to the general area related to healthcare administration you want to investigate (see social problem below). In your review of recent, empirical literature, what keywords did you search and in what databases?

The keywords and databases searched included Replace this text with you