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Health Care Leadership Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Advance with leadership & management in health care

Unlock your potential as a leader in health care administration with an online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA), Health Care Leadership from Capella.

This program is designed to help you gain skills to lead at the top of your field in an era of reform and heightened expectations. Focus on developing skills in applied research and leadership competencies in health administration.

Your coursework will include such topics as strategic financial management in health care, 21st-century health care leadership, and the evaluation and interpretation of data in health care.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 core courses
  • 3 specialization courses
  • 4 capstone courses/practicum
  • 76 total quarter credits
  • 18 maximum transfer credits

Classes Start September 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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

DHA 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.

Combined capstone & practicum

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

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $5K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

Apply now »

Professional alignment

Our curriculum offers credible, relevant learning that's 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.

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.

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

Bridget Roberts, DNP

Interim Associate Dean

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

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
$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.

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

Ways to save

Affording your education shouldn’t be an obstacle to reaching your goals. We can help you find ways you can save

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.

Reduce your tuition with $5K

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

DHA sample courses

The coursework in the DHA health care leadership specialization presents a broad range of health administration topics, including contemporary leadership roles and strategic vision and planning.

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.

Keystone course

Work with a faculty member who can help you examine key support elements and identify potential project sites for your capstone topic.

Show course with description
DHA8032
Strategic Vision and Planning in Health Care

Learners in this course focus on developing a strategic orientation to evaluate short- and long-term operational and organizational performance goals. Learners analyze organizational systems, processes, and designs from a strategic perspective and examine various methods of strategic planning, including the use and upgrading of information management systems as a means of improving organizational outcomes within the health care environment. Learners also demonstrate the interpersonal communication and strategic decision-making skills health care administrators use to influence and optimize results.

6 quarter credits
DHA8034
Evidence-Based Leadership in Health Care

In this course, learners investigate the principles of evidence-based leadership (EBL) in health care organizations. EBL is fully integrated to provide a framework for building a culture of quality and execution. Learners examine the formal and informal influence strategies used to change individual and organizational behavior and the leadership strategies used to promote collaboration, optimize workforce performance, and promote positive health care organizational outcomes. Learners analyze and recommend EBL approaches to real-world organizational challenges.

6 quarter credits
DHA8036
Health Care Leadership Excellence in a Consumer-Driven Market

This course focuses on the skills needed to excel as a health care leader in a consumer-driven market. Learners examine the four cornerstones of the DyeGarman model for exceptional leadership in health care. Learners develop their leadership skills, focusing on cultivating self-awareness; embracing a compelling vision; developing an energizing style for working with people; and applying masterful execution of using knowledge, influence, and power.

6 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
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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world skills as you pursue a senior-level leadership or management positions in the health care field.

  • Encourage thought leaders as you promote organizational directional strategies.
  • Lead organizational priorities to achieve a strategic vision.
  • Communicate effectively as a health care scholar and practitioner.

  • Drive organizational culture of accountability through outcomes-driven leadership.
  • Use evidence-based, problem-solving processes to make data-driven decisions.
  • Model health care professionalism through ethics, professional practices, social accountability, and community stewardship.

Health Care Leadership career insights

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.

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

What is interprofessional education, and why is it especially important in the health care field?

“Already in my DHA program I’ve gained insights about how I can use this new knowledge in my day-to-day work.”

Read the full interview »

Nicole Washington*
Doctor of Health Administration
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

DHA Health Care Leadership 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 DHA, Health Care Leadership degree.

Related job titles to explore*

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

Related 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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