Doctor of Health Administration

Doctor of Health Administration

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Approx. program length:

4 years



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Distinguish yourself as a healthcare leader

Today’s healthcare environment is filled with economic fluctuations, burgeoning patient needs and industry-changing legislation. Rise to meet these challenges with a Doctor of Health Administration. You’ll gain the educational foundation to understand and guide policy, shape the direction of health organizations and apply research that informs evidence-based decision-making in administration.

Our distinctive Scholar, Practitioner, Leader ModelSM helps you develop a blend of knowledge, skills and leadership abilities that can lead to greater personal and professional effectiveness. Our Doctoral Education Ecosystem TM provides you with a support system that includes access to experienced researchers, online dissertation research and writing tools, and grants, fellowships and scholarships.

The Doctor of Health Administration program prepares you to:

  • Analyze the components and subsystems within healthcare to improve care
  • Understand the economic and regulatory factors that impact healthcare sustainability
  • Guide healthcare organizations through strategic planning and change
  • Develop, implement and monitor policy to enhance healthcare delivery
  • Design and conduct valid, ethical research

We know this will be hard work. We get it. And we’ve got you. You’ll take just one course at a time — and courses are never more than eight weeks long, so you can balance work and life on the path to your degree.

Knowledge without boundaries

Advance your research goals, learn how to publish, and gain an overview of research funding and award opportunities through our online scholarly community, classes and events. Additionally, participate in our annual Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit, a virtual research and scholarship symposium featuring keynote speeches, University of Phoenix® research updates and professional development workshops.

Research centers

As a doctoral student in the School of Advanced Studies, you’ll have access to our University research centers. These discipline-specific centers are designed to help students, faculty and alumni expand their research portfolios and influence change in their fields.

Course length:

8 weeks

* Some courses are shorter than 8 weeks.

Total credits required:


Max. number of transfer credits:


Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 62 credits to complete this program. Required courses may vary based on previous education or transferable credits.


We know you have questions about how you’ll complete your dissertation. From your introductory doctoral course through the steps of completing and disseminating your dissertation, we have the resources to help you succeed. You’ll be supported by a dissertation chair and a University research methodologist, and you’ll have access to doctoral writing labs, research courses, online tools and a 700-plus mentoring faculty.

The time to complete your dissertation will vary, depending on your distinctive approach to research and completing writing and revisions. Completed dissertations are added to the University dissertation library.


Located in Phoenix, Arizona, required residencies offer the opportunity to connect with fellow doctoral students on the main University of Phoenix® campus to form valuable networking relationships and refine research and leadership abilities. Contact a University enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for details.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. If you’ve earned a master’s degree from an accredited university, you may be eligible to receive up to six doctoral-level credits toward your doctoral degree. Current doctoral students from an accredited university or college may be eligible to receive up to 39 credits based on previous doctoral coursework.

Core courses

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Developing The Doctoral Identity doc700
Leadership Theory And Practice ldr711a
Creative And Critical Thinking doc705r
Research Conceptualization And Design res709
Administration Of Complex Health Care Systems dha711
Risk Management In Complex Health Organizations dha715
Statistical Research Methods And Design I res710
Doctoral Seminar I doc720r
Health Care Economics dha721
Policy And Regulation In Health Care dha722
Qualitative Methods And Design res724
Health Care Marketing dha714
Executive Information Systems dha723
Globalization Of Health Care dha724
Doctoral Seminar II doc723
Doctoral Seminar II doc722
Population Health And Epidemiology dha731
Doctoral Seminar III doc733r
Doctoral Seminar IV doc734r
Evaluation Of Health Care Programs dha732
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
Doctoral Dissertation doc741
Doctoral Dissertation doc733
Contemporary Leadership Issues dha733
Doctoral Project IV doc742
Doctoral Project IV doc734
Annual Renewal Residency doc741r

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for medical and health services managers is projected to be 20 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, students 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.

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

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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What sets us apart?

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

Leverage your experience

Earning your doctoral degree distinguishes your professional pedigree, your leadership skills and your research capabilities. The subject mastery and research skills you gain can at University of Phoenix can translate into community and workplace solutions.

Access dissertation support

From the day you take your introductory doctoral course to the day your dissertation is published, you’ll be supported by a dissertation chair, a University research methodologist and mentors who will help you learn how to prepare and publish your research.

Get the credit you’ve earned

If you have a master’s degree from an accredited university, you may be eligible to receive up to six doctoral-level credits. Current doctoral students from an accredited university or college may be eligible to receive up to 39 credits based on previous doctoral coursework.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And, by taking one course at a time toward a Doctor of Health Administration degree, you’ve got the way.

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