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Health Care Quality and Analytics Specialization Doctor of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Transform Health Care with Analytics

Grab a seat at the table and help your organization identify quality improvements, develop strategy, and build a culture of safety through your leadership. Capella’s online Doctor of Health Administration, Health Care Quality and Analytics degree is designed for health administration practitioners who want to lead at the top of their field. Our curriculum features an action-oriented approach: evidence-based case studies, simulation exercises, consulting projects, presentations, and more. With our rigorous, interprofessional doctoral program, you’ll develop advanced competencies focused in health care quality and data analytics, including new systems and processes for your organization’s success.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core Courses
  • 3 Specialization Courses
  • 4 Capstone Courses/Practicum

Classes Start January 7th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Understand & Stay in Compliance

Evaluate organizational data and policies for evidence of compliance with health care regulatory and accreditation standards.

Create a Culture of Safety

Lead an organizational culture of safety.

Understand the Big Picture

Evaluate how proposed policies align with organizational directional strategies.

Improve Performance with Data

Drive quality and performance improvement activities through the use of data analytics.

Think Strategically

Develop strategic organizational priorities for safety, risk management, quality, and performance and improvement. 

Communicate Concepts Clearly

Communicate effectively as a health care scholar and practitioner.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Relevant

Our curriculum is credible and relevant, designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™ (NCHL).

Learner Success Lab

Learn how to use your academic resources like the writing center, teaching assistants, and more to your fullest advantage.

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.

Our integrated capstone and practicum allows you to research a real-world issue while gaining hands-on experience. For your capstone, you’ll research a health care issue and use evidence to present a solution. Your practicum will include 100 hours working in a health care setting.


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 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.

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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

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

Scholarships for New Students

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

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

The online DHA in Health Care Quality and Analytics curriculum emphasizes mastery in quality improvement, risk assessment, legal issues, and strategies that contribute to performance management, and process improvement.

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
DHA8040 Health Data Analytics in Quality
DHA8042 Performance Management and Process Improvement in Health Care
DHA8044 Patient Safety, Accreditation, and Regulation in Health Care
NHS8040 21st Century Health Care Leadership
NHS8070 Evaluation and Interpretation of Data 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.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold 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.

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.

Relevant Blog Posts

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Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online doctoral degree in health care quality and analytics.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Health care consultant
  • Executive director
  • Hospital director
  • Administrative director
  • Chief financial officer
  • Clinic director
  • Health information manager/director
  • Health services manager/administrator/director
  • Health care analyst
  • Compliance manager
  • Medical 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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Ready for the Next Step?

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