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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose a Doctor in Health Administration with a specialization in Health Care Leadership often pursue leadership positions in the health care industry.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Accountable care organization
  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Behavioral health/social service provider organizations
  • Community care facility for the elderly
  • Federal government health care facility
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health clinic
  • Health plan
  • Health system
  • Home health care service
  • Hospital
  • Insurance company
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratory
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Outpatient care center
  • Wellness and health promotion organizations

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Chief compliance officer
  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic director
  • Clinical utilization manager
  • Department or division director
  • Director of consumer engagement/experience
  • Director of health care quality
  • Health care consultant
  • Health information manager/director
  • Health services manager/director
  • Hospital business manager
  • Hospital unit manager
  • Nurse manager
  • Nursing director
  • Nursing home director
  • Practice manager/director
  • Program manager/director

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all health care doctoral programs have been combined for these career outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 65%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 84%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 76%


Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.


Made a significant contribution to my profession 56%Successfully changed jobs and or careers 62%Assumed leadership responsibilities 56%Received a salary increase 46%Received a promotion


Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.