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

Health Care Leadership Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Show course with description


Practicum Requirement(s):

Minimum of 100 supervised practicum hours. See the Practicum section, below, for more information.



Sixteen Required Courses



76 quarter credits

Core courses:

Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

This course prepares learners for doctoral-level coursework in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Throughout the course, learners analyze and evaluate how the scholar-practitioner model provides guidance for developing competencies in effective and ethical health care leadership, including professional and interprofessional collaboration, communication, inclusion, and decision making. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. 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
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
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
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): NHS8002. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Preparing for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing and Health Sciences

In this course, learners prepare for the practice change project that serves as the culmination of the professional doctorate. Learners compare a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a professional doctorate; identify a clinical or organizational problem or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health setting; and apply literature search techniques to identify research related to the practice/process problem. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
NHS8060 *
Scholarly Methods in Nursing and Health Sciences

In this course, learners differentiate between qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research approaches as they relate to nursing and health sciences. Throughout the course, learners evaluate research source quality, credibility, bias, and relevance to practice and identify theoretical underpinnings and conceptual frameworks within health care or public health settings. Prerequisite(s): NHS8050. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 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
NHS8700 *
Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate Project

In this course, learners focus on synthesizing the knowledge and skills gained during their program. Learners state the case for their planned practice change project to demonstrate their readiness to enter the professional doctorate project process. In addition, learners identify strategies to secure a supervisor/preceptor and project site. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): NHS8070. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

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
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
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

Learners must register for DHA9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements.

Doctoral Capstone †

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organization, institutional, or community concerns. Department consent is required for registration. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their program requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits each






76 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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



Learners enrolled in the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree program must complete 100 supervised hours of hands-on practicum at an approved site as a requirement of their program. In the DHA practicum, learners apply the skills developed throughout the course of the program in a health administration setting where the practicum is completed. The practicum provides learners with the opportunity to participate in advanced practice with guidance from a preceptor and mentor, and engage in in-depth work within a practice environment that is the focus of their capstone paper. Learners use the practicum experience to help them achieve their program outcomes, competencies, and learning objectives.

Doctor of Health Care Leadership Online | Courses - Capella University

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.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

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.

Ever Wonder What a Capella Course is Like?

Sign up for a free GuidedPath Trial Course and see all the great benefits each online learning format has to offer.

Get started

Doctor of Health Care Leadership Online | Courses - Capella University

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.

Learn more about individual courses.

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.