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Health Care Quality & Analytics DHA - Doctor of Health Administration

Doctor of Health Administration

Leadership to improve the quality of patient care

Meaningful change in health care can start with you. Apply your passion for making data work for patient care when you earn a Doctor of Health Administration (DHA), Health Care Quality and Analytics degree from Capella University.

This program can help you develop leadership skills and knowledge as you identify quality improvements, implement strategy, and build a culture of safety. Build advanced competencies in health care analytics and a deep understanding of new systems and processes that can help ensure your organization’s success.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  • 4 Capstone courses
  • 76 Total quarter credits
  • 18 Maximum transfer credits

Classes Start April 13th

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 SPRING)

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 $10,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $10K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

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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.

Elizabeth (Betty) A. Nelson, PhD, RN

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

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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.

$10K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $10K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

DHA sample courses

The DHA, Health Care Quality and Analytics degree offers a broad range of evidence-based case studies, simulation exercises, consulting projects, presentations, and more to help guide you in your pursuit of a health care administration career.

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Health Data Analytics in Quality

In this course, learners become familiar with regulatory and policy forces in health care that result in the demand for improved quality and clinical outcomes. Learners examine a variety of technical specifications, statistical procedures, and data sources to drive improvement. In addition, learners create and present quality dashboards to identify opportunities for improvement that drive change in a systematic, strategic way.

6 quarter credits
Performance Management and Process Improvement in Health Care

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the importance of strategic planning and organizational assessments as they relate to quality improvement in health care. Learners become familiar with identifying and creating priorities for quality improvement resulting in organizational action plans and projects needed to meet external demands relative to competition. Learners develop an understanding of the use of decision support, risk adjustments, data interpretation, and benchmarking to develop Quality Performance Improvement (QPI) teams and to monitor organizational performance.

6 quarter credits
Patient Safety, Accreditation, and Regulation in Health Care

In this course, learners evaluate the different types of accreditation processes and the importance of ongoing compliance. Learners examine the role the quality professional has when working with federal, state, and/or local agencies and identify benefits and outcomes of continuous readiness. Throughout the course, learners determine mechanisms and tools to evaluate the success of health care organizations’ safety activities and demonstrate how to coordinate and integrate risk management into the organization’s health care safety strategy. Finally, learners propose how to link health care safety goals to those of the organization’s strategic plan to create and sustain an organizational-wide safety culture.

6 quarter credits
NHS8040 *
21st-Century Health Care Improvement

Learners in this course build foundational knowledge and skills needed to shape the future of health care. Through the lens of a 21st-century health care leader, learners use critical thinking, analysis, and creative insights to examine a problem, gap, or opportunity for improvement within a health care or public health delivery system. Learners also complete a culminating project charter to further develop a coherent quality improvement plan for 21st-century health care. Prerequisite(s): NHS8002. 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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to leadership with the skills required by a variety of health care administration careers.

  • Evaluate organizational data and policies for evidence of compliance with health care regulatory and accreditation standards.
  • Lead an organizational culture of safety.
  • Evaluate how proposed policies align with organizational directional strategies.
  • Drive quality and performance improvement activities through the use of data analytics.
  • Develop strategic organizational priorities for safety, risk management, quality, and performance and improvement.
  • Communicate effectively as a health care scholar and practitioner.

Health Care Quality & Analytics 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.”

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

DHA Health Care Quality & Analytics professional paths

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

Related job titles to explore*

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

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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