Valdosta State University’s Doctor of Public Administration Program

A gift planning professional for almost two decades, Anthony W. Duva serves as the director of Habitat for Humanity International’s planned giving development division. Anthony W. Duva earned a juris doctor from the University of Florida College of Law and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Valdosta State University, where he studies health care law and health policy. Mr. Duva is slated to defend his dissertation and graduate in the spring of 2016 with a doctor of public administration.

The doctor of public administration (DPA) program at Valdosta State University targets mid-career students who have knowledge of public and nonprofit administration. The doctoral program requires completion of 54 credit hours in topics such as research methods in public administration and financial management for public and nongovernment organizations.

Additionally, students must select an area of concentration and complete 15 credits hours in their area of interest. The 15 credit hours apply toward the 54 credits required to graduate, and the concentration must be approved by a DPA coordinator. In the health care area, students may take courses in health policy and politics of managing urban areas, which covers health regulations in municipalities.