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Doctor of Health Administration

Make a positive impact on the health of entire communities

Ready to gain the leadership skills needed to manage extreme economic fluctuations, burgeoning patient needs and industry-changing legislation? The Doctor of Health Administration can help you respond to these challenges and others to improve the lives of entire communities by enhancing health organizations' communications, capacity, and vitality.

Speak with an Enrollment Representative to find out how you can prepare to respond effectively to the ever-changing health care industry.

This online program requires brief residencies in select locations. This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Representative for details.

What you'll learn


The Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program prepares leaders to respond effectively to the dynamic and ever-changing health care industry. These individuals will have a capacity to critically examine and evaluate issues and trends and feel empowered to influence the destiny of the health systems.

Graduates with a Doctor of Health Administration will be able to:

  • Conduct, evaluate, and apply research designed to explain, forecast, predict, and/or improve the performance of health systems
  • Use theoretical constructs to assess and develop implementation strategies for health systems
  • Strengthen leadership skills and abilities that foster the evolution of adaptive, high-performing health systems
  • Evaluate, develop and implement policies and practices that impact health systems
  • Lead organizations in anticipating and meeting challenges in the changing health environment

    Graduates of the Doctor of Health Administration program will have enhanced their administrative and leadership skills through the completion of a curriculum that provides students with the latest theories and contemporary practice applications. They are not only able to define their role within the U.S. health system, but understand how to make necessary changes to create a work environment that is team-oriented and motivating to others.

    Graduates are able to analyze the influence of external and internal environments in order to align their organizations to respond to the ever-changing demands of the health care market place. Sensitivity to individuals and groups and the influence of multicultural diversity are seen as essential to effective leadership. The curriculum is tailored to the needs of the health leader by providing content in finance, policy, research, technology, quality improvement, economics, leadership, and organizational analysis.

    The DHA program has a 68-credit requirement that involves both residency and online modalities of instruction. The majority of the program will be delivered in an online, virtual classroom setting. In these courses, learners will work in a cohort of approximately 12 peers and will be required to spend approximately 25 hours per week on required coursework.

    Learners will attend 16 days in residency during the 3-year program. Year One begins with a 5-day residency; Year Two requires a 3-day residency; Year Three requires an 8-day residency. Attendance during all days of the residencies is mandatory. Please note that learners can expect residencies to occur during both week days and weekend days. The courses offered during residency sessions cover a variety of areas essential to the successful completion of this advanced degree program, including insights into the preparation of a final research study. Additionally, in the Year Three residency, learners will apply their knowledge to a comprehensive, collaborative case study. This case study is the University’s vehicle for assessing programmatic learning. Because of the nature and value of the information presented in the residency environment, learners must attend all residency sessions. The courses offered during residency sessions cover a variety of areas essential to the successful completion of this advanced degree program, including insights into dissertation preparation.

    The most important milestone of the DHA degree is the successful completion and oral defense of a significant, substantial, and independently completed doctoral dissertation that adds new information to the body of health administration knowledge. The dissertation provides the learner an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the germinal and current literature in the field and express their competence in applying learning to actual organizational issues. To ensure the quality of this effort, the program’s curriculum is designed to develop the student’s ability to create original solutions to complex issues and to carefully identify and apply the most appropriate research method for addressing these issues. Because of the highly independent nature of the program, learners must be self-disciplined and exceedingly motivated to earn this degree.


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With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.

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Post 9/11 GI Bill

If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits. 

Active Duty Spouse Benefits

As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.

Benefits of this degree program

  • In-depth exploration of leadership

    Learn to critically examine and evaluate issues and trends while learning how to influence the decision-making processes of the health care system.

  • Interactive group discussions

    In online doctoral group discussions, you will interact with fellow learners and exchange ideas about research that centers on current industry challenges.

  • Dissertation Chair

    Under the guidance of a Dissertation Chair who has experience in your field of study, you will complete original research for your dissertation.

  • Residencies

    For three-to-eight days, you will network and study with professionals in your field, interact with faculty and prepare your dissertation. As part of the residency requirement (available in select cities), field experiences and clinical components may also be required.

  • Doctoral Success Orientation

    This three-day, no-cost online training lab gives you a tour of the University's online learning platform and educational resources before you begin your first course.

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The School of Advanced Studies

Earning a doctoral degree is a significant milestone in your educational and professional career — and an opportunity to make an impact in your community.

Our educational model

Our doctoral programs combine group discussions, residencies and the dissertation process to help you expand your understanding of how leaders can influence change through research.

The dissertation

The culmination of your doctoral degree uncovers new knowledge through original research and applies the models, theories and skills you will have learned in your coursework.