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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 March 4th

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)

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 $8,800.

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

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
$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.

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

Depending on the program and school, you may be able to apply transfer credits to your Capella education.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. An enrollment counselor can tell you more.

Reduce Your Tuition with $5K

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

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

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.

Keystone Course

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

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

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 executive officer
  • Health care consultant
  • Director of health care quality
  • Chief compliance officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic director
  • Clinical utilization manager
  • Department or division director
  • Director of consumer engagement/experience
  • Health information manager/director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health clinic
  • Health system
  • Accountable care organization
  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Health plan
  • Home health care service
  • Insurance company
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratory
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Outpatient care center
  • Wellness and health promotion organizations

*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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