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Health Care Leadership Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Overview

Increase your ability to lead health care organizations through an era of reform and heightened expectations. Skilled leaders are needed to break new ground and integrate health care research into the workplace to prepare a rapidly changing workforce.

Capella University's online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) in Health Care Leadership program prepares you to improve health systems. This program focuses on contemporary leadership roles, strategic vision and planning, and evidence-based leadership in health care, in addition to core courses covering advanced health administration concepts and practices.

The nationally recognized NCHL Health Leadership Competency Model—which is integrated into Capella's DHA in Healthcare Leadership program—features a real-world, action-oriented approach: evidence-based case studies, simulation exercises, consulting projects, presentations, and more. With our interprofessional approach, you learn about, from, and with other health care professions, gaining leadership skills to partner across professions to achieve common goals.

The Building Blocks of Your DHA

The nationally recognized NCHL Health Leadership Competency Model—which is integrated into Capella's DHA program—features a real-world, action-oriented approach.

Your first course incorporates our Learner Success Lab into core assignments to help you learn the tools to manage your time and use your resources effectively—keeping you as efficient as possible throughout your entire program.

Beyond your first course you’ll have support staff, teaching assistants, a faculty mentor once you enter your capstone, and more to keep you on the path of success to graduation—including a keystone course to transition you from your program-specific courses to your integrated doctoral capstone and practicum. Working through your doctoral capstone and practicum together as part of your final project allows you to seek guidance from faculty, network with stakeholders, and solve a real-life organizational issue for your practicum site—giving you real-world experience leading change.

Degree Outcomes

With your DHA in Health Care Leadership from Capella, you'll lead organizational transformation, by creating an organizational climate that promotes personal and professional growth. You'll also design strategies to optimize organizational effectiveness, and promote research to improve health care systems.

 

Detailed Program Information

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Classes Start October 9th

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. 

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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 online-learning format that guides you along. You pay per credit; we set 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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

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Employer & Association Discounts

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

$30 Million in Scholarships Available

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

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Sample Courses

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DHA8032 Strategic Vision and Planning in Health Care
DHA8034 Evidence-Based Leadership in Health Care
DHA8036 Health Care Leadership Excellence in a Consumer-Driven Market
DHA8004 Innovative Business Practices in Health Care
DHA8007 Strategic Financial Management in Health Care

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.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty holds 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

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

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.