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Doctor of Health Administration Program

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Reach your highest career goals and thrive in an industry defined by nonstop change in a doctoral program where learning fits into your life, not the other way around.

Advance as a leader in health administration

Build the skills you need to shape the way health care systems serve their patients—and ultimately drive real change in the industry. We’ve reshaped education to help you reach your professional goals, without missing a beat in your life.

Our Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree programs are designed to help you grow as a leader in today’s complex and dynamic health care delivery environment.

Focus on how strategy can fix health administration problems and issues, and expand your power to create effective solutions.

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.

The Capella difference

Prepare to advance in a career as a health administration professional.

Seamless educational experience: Your keystone course transitions you from program-specific courses to your integrated doctoral capstone and practicum.

Integrated capstone & practicum: Faculty will guide you as you follow your passion and work on a real-life organizational issue in your final project.

Professional relevance: Designed around NCHL’s Health Leadership Competency Model, this program meets rigorous professional standards.

Interprofessional education: Share courses with other nursing and public health practitioners to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Transfer credit savings: You may be able to transfer 12 credits—an equivalent of two courses—if you have an MHA or related degree, helping to save you up to $9,060.

Expert advisory board: Capella’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board ensures your curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.

Scholarships available: See if you can save: enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $5,000 scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.
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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.

DHA program specializations

Discover the Doctor of Health Administration specialization that’s right for you, and explore admissions requirements, costs, and courses.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes.

What's it like to be a doctoral student?

What does it take to earn a doctoral degree? Learn more about the experience, explore each step of the journey, and read stories from students who have successfully earned their doctorate.

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

Health Administration career insights

How to Build a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care

Building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential in health care organizations today. Here’s how.

DHA Opens Door to Student’s Advancement in Health Administration

A love of policies and procedures led nurse Nicole Washington to continue her career in health administration, and a DHA is taking her career to a new level.

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.