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General Health Administration Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Stand Out as a Health Care Leader

Modern health care needs dynamic professionals dedicated to improving health outcomes. Capella’s online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program offers the knowledge and skills that can help you stand out in this competitive field.

Explore topics such as global health policy, health care advocacy, leadership, and strategic planning. Gain experience with case studies and our virtual health care simulator. You’ll finish with a capstone that demonstrates your ability to solve real-life health care problems. It’s time to make your mark in health care. It’s time for you, at Capella.  

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core Courses
  • 3 Specialization Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start January 7th

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 WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Transform Organizations

You know where the health care system can improve. Now, learn ways to lead organizations and staff through change.

Streamline Health Care Processes

Efficiency counts. Learn how to direct your organization to run at peak performance.

Encourage Professional Growth

A healthy organization grows with its people. Learn to motivate others to exceed their personal and professional goals. 

Think Critically, Convey Clearly

Learn strategies for assessing your organization’s needs and communicating messages clearly.  

Lead with Integrity

Be a health care leader who can influence change and do what’s best for your organization and the people affected by it.

Research for Real Results

Analyze evidence-based research to show how your health care systems can improve and grow. 

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.

Doctor of Health Administration Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

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 $8,800.

Access to Vila Health™

Practice communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making skills in our simulated health care environment. 

Interprofessional Education

Work with other health care experts to gain leadership skills that allow you to partner across professions to achieve common goals.

Designed Around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™

The curriculum features collaborative, practice-based learning—ensuring your education is relevant, professional, and credible.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$735 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. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Integrated Capstone & Practicum

Our integrated approach allows you to research a real-world issue while gaining hands-on experience. For your capstone, you’ll research a public health issue and use evidence to present a solution. Your practicum will include 100 hours working in a public health setting.

Accredited & Respected

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

As a student in Capella’s online Doctor of Health Administration, General Health Administration degree program, you’ll focus on topics such as U.S. or global health policy, health care advocacy, leadership, and strategic vision and planning.

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DHA8007 Strategic Financial Management in Health Care
NHS8040 21st Century Health Care Leadership
DHA8004 Innovative Business Practices in Health Care
NHS8070 Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care
DHA8008 Health Care Policy Processes

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

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.

Capstone Mentors

You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor early in your program to help you move toward completion of your capstone project.

Health Administration Career Insights

PhD in Health Care Administration vs. DHA

Is a PhD in Health Care Administration or a Doctor of Health Administration a better fit for your career?

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.

Doctor of Health Administration Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our Doctor of Health Administration degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Department or division director
  • Health care consultant
  • Director of health care quality
  • Hospital administrator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Health system
  • Health clinic
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health plan
  • Home health care service
  • Insurance company

*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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Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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