Doctor of Health Administration

Doctor of Health Administration

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Approx. program length:

3 years, 2 months



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Distinguish yourself as a healthcare leader

If you’re a health professional who is seeking greater responsibility in shaping the future of the health sector, the Doctor of Health Administration can help you get there. You’ll meet the challenges inherent to today’s healthcare landscape, including economic fluctuations, burgeoning patient needs and industry-changing legislation.

The Doctor of Health Administration program prepares you to:

  • Integrate the Scholar-Practitioner-Leader model throughout the doctoral journey and beyond
  • Cultivate a leadership identity that reflects a mature and strategic understanding of the dynamics of diverse health sector environments
  • Analyze organizational landscapes in order to drive performance excellence through integration of the Triple Aim, with consideration for the importance of innovation and risk-taking in balance with imperatives for quality and safety, policy, sustainability and environmental stewardship, and community relationships
  • Generate research of a high caliber to identify and address opportunities for improvement in complex health sector contexts

Distinctive Learning Model

Our unique Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM model separates us from other doctoral programs. It fits into every aspect of your doctoral studies, preparing you with the advantages of:

  • Scholarship – you’ll understand how to design research and use its data to solve root problems
  • Practitioners – you’ll learn how to apply your skills to solve problems in your organization or community
  • Leadership – you’ll develop leadership skills that help you change organizations and communities

Better doctoral experience

In 20 years of delivering doctoral education, we’ve come to realize that the doctoral journey can be very focused and personal, yet also lonely. That’s why we’ve restructured our programs to create a more supportive, motivating environment for doctoral students.

Here’s how it works:

  • You’ll move through courses with the camaraderie and support of a cohort of students.
  • You’ll have dedicated faculty to explain the doctoral journey and provide feedback as you go.
  • You’ll research, write and defend your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program.

Course length:

8 weeks


Total credits required:


Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 54 credits to complete this program. Required courses may vary based on previous education or transferable credits.

Dissertation requirement

You’ll begin your dissertation in your third course and follow a schedule of milestones throughout your program. This makes your dissertation doable in smaller segments and helps identify any research methodology challenges early, so there are no surprises or delays at the end.


While some doctoral programs require on-campus residency, we’ve shifted to an 8-week online Symposium. In the required course you’ll:

  • Receive a detailed overview of each milestone in the doctoral journey
  • Understand what the University expects from doctoral students
  • Understand what doctoral students can expect from the University

Doctoral students may also enroll in an optional, zero-credit, zero-tuition/fee one-weekend seminar in Phoenix, Ariz. The seminar provides an opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and peers as well as instruction around the framework of your dissertation.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Current doctoral students from an accredited university or college may be eligible to receive up to 27 credits based on previous doctoral coursework.

Core courses

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Developing The Doctoral Identity doc700
Leadership Theory And Practice ldr711a
Research Conceptualization And Design res709
Qualitative Methods And Design res724
Creative And Critical Thinking doc705r
Statistical Research Methods And Design I res710
Statistical Research Methods And Design II res720
Administration Of Complex Health Care Systems dha711
Risk Management In Complex Health Organizations dha715
Doctoral Seminar I doc720r
Executive Information Systems dha723
Globalization Of Health Care dha724
Health Care Marketing dha714
Health Care Economics dha721
Policy And Regulation In Health Care dha722
Doctoral Seminar II doc723
Doctoral Seminar II doc722
Approaches To Phenomenological Inquiry And Data Analysis res727
Qualitative Case Study res728
Ethnomethodology And The Study Of Culture res729
Grounded Theory Methods res745
Mixed Methods res746
Descriptive And Comparative Data Analysis res725
Correlational Methods Of Analysis res726
Population Health And Epidemiology dha731
Doctoral Seminar III doc733r
Doctoral Seminar IV doc734r
Doctoral Dissertation doc741
Doctoral Dissertation doc733
Evaluation Of Health Care Programs dha732
Contemporary Leadership Issues dha733
Doctoral Project IV doc742
Doctoral Project IV doc734
Annual Renewal Residency doc741r
Doctoral Dissertation doc741a
Doctoral Dissertation doc741b
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment I doc887
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc888
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment I doc889
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc890
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment I doc891
Dissertation Continuing Enrollment II doc892

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for postsecondary education administrators is projected to be 10 percent between 2016 and 2026. A Doctor of Health Administration can help prepare you to be a:

  • Clinical director
  • Health information management director
  • Nursing director

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers or with peers through the school’s Facebook® group for doctoral students. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, graduates should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your Doctor of Health Administration, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Doctor of Health Administration, you can:

Spread your dissertation out

You’ll research, write and defend your dissertation in manageable chunks throughout your program rather than saving it — and stressing about it — until the end.

Partner with dedicated doctoral faculty

You’ll work with the same Dissertation Chair and University Research Methodologist (URM) throughout your program, allowing for critical feedback along the way.

Work with a cohort of students

You’ll enjoy the camaraderie and community of being in a student cohort. Your cohort will move through the program together with the same Chair and URM.

Take the next step

It’s time to take your education to the highest level. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward Doctor of Health Administration degree, you’ve got the way.

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