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Health Care Leadership Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences


Total program credits needed for graduation: 76

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

42 course quarter credits

NHS8002 Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners 4 quarter credits
DHA8004 Innovative Business Practices in Health Care 6 quarter credits
DHA8007 Strategic Financial Management in Health Care 6 quarter credits
DHA8008 Health Care Policy Processes 6 quarter credits
NHS8040* 21st Century Health Care Leadership 4 quarter credits
NHS8050* Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8060* Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences 4 quarter credits
NHS8070* Evaluation and Interpretation of Data in Health Care 4 quarter credits
NHS8700* Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate 4 quarter credits

Specialization Courses

18 course quarter credits

DHA8032 Strategic Vision and Planning in Health Care 6 quarter credits
DHA8034 Evidence-Based Leadership in Health Care 6 quarter credits
DHA8036 Health Care Leadership Excellence in a Consumer-Driven Market 6 quarter credits

Doctoral Capstone

16 course quarter credits

Learners must register for DHA9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements. By completing 100 hours of practicum as a part of your capstone, you are able to solve a real-life organizational issue, giving you real-world experience leading change.

DHA9971* Doctoral Capstone 4 quarter credits each†

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

† Learners are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food, and other expenses associated with this course.

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What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 18 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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International Experience

Capella’s International Experience takes your curriculum far beyond what you can experience with research alone. Students who join one of the annual trips gain an international perspective on global operations, supply chain management, and other key aspects of current business practices around the world.

During this one-week trip, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet industry leaders and discuss global and regional business concerns
  • Develop key job skills, such as adaptability, global understanding, tolerance, and leadership
  • Engage in dialogue with senior executives of leading companies with global reach
  • Meet successful entrepreneurs
  • Gain first-hand experience in the many ways culture impacts the challenges and complexities of global business operations

Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, accommodations, food and other associated expenses.

Call 866.933.5840 to speak with a Capella Counselor to learn more about the International Experience.

"Traveling to Chile was life-changing—the business, economic, societal, and global knowledge I gained was extraordinary. Before, during, and after each business visit we spent time conversing with faculty about each business, the industry, governmental policy impacts, and their financial status. I would recommend the International Experience to everyone. The investment you make in yourself as a professional is second to none."
– Tina Thompson, 2014 International Experience participant

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