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General Health Administration Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Find your path to improving health care

Looking for a way to reach the top in the field of health care administration? Whether you want to become a trendsetter in making policy decisions, lead in strategic planning, or discover the best solutions to complex health care issues, you can focus on building your skills and knowledge with the online Capella Doctor of Health Administration.

This program is designed for you to take control of when and where you learn, allowing you to get the most out of your education—and your life—while pursuing your degree.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  • Capstone
  • 76 Total quarter credits
  • 18 Max transfer credits

Classes Start December 2nd

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

Doctor of Health Administration program highlights

Transfer credit savings

You may be able to transfer 12 credits–an equivalent of two courses–if you have an MHA or related degree, saving you up to $9,060 on your DHA.

Reduce your tuition by $10,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $10K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

Apply now »

Interprofessional education

Share your learning and insights with nursing and public health students completing related degree programs as part of Capella’s interprofessional course structure.

Professionally relevant

Our curriculum is credible and relevant, designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™ (NCHL).

Relevant partnerships

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by partnering with Capella to offer discounted education programs.

Integrated capstone & practicum

Our integrated approach allows you to work with inspiring mentors within an organization to solve real-world challenges.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Meet your DHA faculty

Our distinguished DHA faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education, and career.

Christy Davidson, DNP

Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Susan Collins, PhD, MHA

DHA Core Faculty

Ben Spedding, DHA, MA

Health Administration Faculty Chair

96% of Health Administration alumni agree that their faculty were well qualified.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2018

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Cost & learning format

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$755 per credit, 76 total quarter credits, 18 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$10K toward your doctorate

Apply for the $10K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

DHA sample courses

Focus on topics such as U.S. or global health policy, health care advocacy, leadership, and strategic vision and planning when you enroll in the online Doctor of Health Administration, General Health Administration degree program.

Support to reach the finish line

You’ll get dedicated support early in your program, so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Doctoral advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

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DHA8007
Strategic Financial Management in Health Care

The focus of this course is appropriate use of financial information in the health care organization’s decision making process. Learners examine fundamental components of organizational stewardship, including information management; short- and long-term investment planning; and ethical, professional, and social accountability. Learners also demonstrate the skills needed to develop and implement short- and long-term organizational projects in the health care environment and garner the stakeholder support necessary for achieving the financial goals and objectives of the health care organization. For DHA learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
NHS8040 *
21st-Century Health Care Improvement

Learners in this course build foundational knowledge and skills needed to shape the future of health care. Through the lens of a 21st-century health care leader, learners use critical thinking, analysis, and creative insights to examine a problem, gap, or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health delivery system. Learners also complete a culminating project charter to further develop a coherent quality improvement plan for 21st-century health care. Prerequisite(s): NHS8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

4 quarter credits
DHA8004
Innovative Business Practices in Health Care

Learners in this course examine various innovative health care practices, including creating a culture of accountability for personal, departmental, and organizational performance. Learners evaluate their abilities as change leaders and assess their readiness to accept responsibility for their organizational performance. Learners also demonstrate the skills needed to communicate effectively, take initiative, and reflect industry standards in the workplace. For DHA learners only.

6 quarter credits
NHS8070 *
Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care

In this course, learners explore underlying concepts and reasoning related to the collection and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative data in health care research. Learners apply appropriate statistical techniques and practice interpreting frequently encountered statistical outcomes. In addition, learners assess the quality of statistical and qualitative research methods reported in peer-reviewed health care literature. Prerequisite(s): NHS8060. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
DHA8008
Health Care Policy Processes

In this course, learners investigate the impacts of health care policy and legislation on the availability of, access to, and cost of U.S. health care. Learners examine the implications and consequences of specific health care legislation; analyze the values and assumptions underlying changing priorities in health planning and resource allocation; evaluate the combined effects of social, economic, ethical, legal, and political forces on health care; and assess ways of addressing current gaps in health care policy. 

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Develop methods to transform organizations and lead change management.
  • Learn how to direct your organization to run at peak performance.
  • Encourage professional growth and motivate others to reach their goals.
  • Assess your organization’s needs through clear, effective communication.
  • Influence change as a health care leader to improve how your organization serves people.
  • Analyze evidence-based research in order to enhance health care systems.

Health Administration career insights

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

Learn what interprofessional education is and why it's important in the health care field.

Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board

The advisory board keeps the school at the forefront of nursing and health care education.

DHA professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with a Doctor of Health Administration.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief medical officer
  • Clinical manager
  • Health director
  • Compliance officer

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Social advocacy organization
  • Health insurance carrier
  • Government- federal, state, local
  • Ambulatory health service

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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