Your browser does not support JavaScript! or JavaScript is currently disabled.

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 May 6th

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 SPRING)

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. 

Reduce Your Tuition with $5K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $5K.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & Association Discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

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 & 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

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.

Show course with description
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 Leadership

This course focuses on the role of health care and public health leaders to foster change and develop relationships to improve health outcomes in diverse settings and communities. Learners gain knowledge of the challenges confronting health care and public health care leaders in the 21st century. Learners also analyze leadership theories and models, interprofessional collaboration, and ethical principles and standards. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in NHS8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
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
Health Care Policy Processes

In this course, learners develop an understanding of health care policy processes and examine the ways health care policy can affect organizational and community wellness; the ways interpersonal and professional skills, policy-related relationships, and credible sources of evidence can influence health care policy decisions and change; and the ways appropriate use of health care ethics create equitable solutions to disparities in health care policy.

6 quarter credits

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 up for success.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

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.

Capstone Mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

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.

Other Programs to Explore

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?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.