Doctor of Health Administration

Inspire and influence change from the top

Highly trained and innovative health professionals are the heart of the healthcare industry. They work both on the front lines and behind the scenes to help organizations and patients navigate the complex system to improve outcomes. This work is challenging and requires strong teamwork and leadership to streamline, coordinate, and unify efforts across various health-related disciplines. For those interested in leading the way, acquiring the skills you need starts with the right education.

Help solve tomorrow’s healthcare challenges

The mission of the DHA program is to prepare health professionals to become innovative leaders who can solve complex problems within the healthcare industry. This practice-based program is designed to prepare leaders for mid to senior executive-level positions in the private and public sectors by enhancing knowledge and competencies appropriate to a wide variety of leadership roles. Throughout the curriculum, students utilize interprofessional practices to enhance strategic planning, healthcare management theory and approaches and make evidence-based decisions for optimal organizational performance within healthcare organizations.

Our applied program helps you to develop the highly specialized skills needed to drive change and solve problems within healthcare organizations. Not only will you utilize curriculum that’s designed by experienced healthcare professionals, you’ll have an interprofessional educational experience designed to facilitate teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration. This is considered to be the leading approach to healthcare today. And, while the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) does not offer accreditation for doctoral programs, this program was intentionally developed to align with their high standards for graduate programs and utilizes the National Center for Health Care Leadership (NCHL) competency model.

As a student, you’ll learn how to create administrative strategies, make evidence-based decisions, understand the impact and import of health policy, and navigate the legal and ethical issues that are unique to healthcare.

Earn your Doctor of Health Administration degree online

At Northcentral University you can complete your Doctor of Health Administration program completely online, when it’s convenient for you. We also have no GRE/GMAT requirements, no group projects, and weekly start dates. This empowers you to continue your education without putting your career on hold. Additionally, our innovative one-to-one learning model provides you the personal guidance, attention and support you need to succeed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Facilitate change by leveraging technology and human capital within the healthcare industry
  • Develop health related organizations by using data to inform strategy and address industry problems
  • Assess community needs through research, collaboration, and relationship building
  • Recommend ethically sound policies that promote accountability and professionalism
  • Construct and cultivate financial structures to ensure organizational viability

Career Potential*

  • Clinical Analyst / Clinical
  • Documentation and Improvement Specialist
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • College Professor / Instructor
  • Director of Nursing
  • Director of Rehabilitation
  • Health Information Manager / Director
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Medical Director
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

DHA Program Handbook

Doctor of Health Administration Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 18 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 44 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One