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DHA Doctor of Health Administration Health Policy and Advocacy specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online health policy and advocacy degree often pursue advanced practice or leadership positions in national or international health advocacy organizations.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Federal government health care facility
  • Government health agency
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health care organization
  • Health clinic
  • Health system
  • Home health care service
  • Hospital
  • Insurance company
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Professional organization
  • Research organization
  • Social welfare agency

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Clinic director
  • Department or division manager/supervisor
  • Government relations director
  • Government affairs vice president
  • Health care consultant
  • Health policy consultant
  • Hospital administrator Health policy analyst
  • Nursing director
  • Program manager
  • Public affairs director
  • Public affairs specialist
  • Public affairs vice president
  • Public policy director
  • Regulatory director
  • Research analyst

*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 doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Career growth potential 55% Promotional opportunities  48% Salary and benefits 57% Tasks and responsibilities 80%

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Advanced in career or profession 31% Successfully changed careers 16% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 23% Assumed a leadership role 27% Received a promotion 22% Received a salary increase 36% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 42% Received award  6% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript. 29% Conducted a research project 19% Served as a professional consultant 24%

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 Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.