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Doctor of Health Administration

Inspire and influence change from the top

Academically prepared and innovative thought leaders are the heart of the healthcare industry. These skilled professionals work on the front lines and behind the scenes to help organizations and patients navigate the complex healthcare system. This work is challenging and requires strong teamwork and leadership skills to help streamline, coordinate, and unify efforts across various health-related disciplines. For those interested in leading the way and making a difference in the healthcare industry, acquiring the skills you need begins 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, problem-solvers within the complex healthcare industry, and experts who are culturally competent in interprofessional healthcare practices. This practice-based program is designed to prepare leaders for mid to senior executive-level positions in the private and public healthcare sectors by enhancing knowledge and competencies appropriate to a wide variety of leadership roles. Throughout the program, students utilize interprofessional practices to enhance strategic planning, understand healthcare management theory and identify approaches for making evidence-based decisions.

Our applied DHA program helps you develop the highly specialized skills needed to drive change and solve problems within complex healthcare organizations. Not only will you utilize curriculum designed by experienced healthcare professionals, but you will also have an interprofessional educational experience designed to facilitate teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration. Interprofessional education is considered the leading approach to addressing many of the issures impacting healthcare today. 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 competencies from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL).

As a student, you will 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.

Our Mission

To prepare health professionals to become innovative leaders, complex problem-solvers, and experts who are culturally competent in interprofessional healthcare practices.

To learn more about NCU’s Doctor of Health Administration vision, values, policies and procedures, and educational and training protocols, please review the DHA Handbook.

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*

  • Patient Outcomes Analyst
  • Population Health Manager/Director
  • College Professor/Instructor
  • Chief Compliance Officer
  • Chief Strategist
  • Health Information Manager/Director
  • Healthcare Policy Analyst
  • Medical Director
  • Director of Nursing
  • Hospital Administrator

*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.


To ensure that current and prospective students have access to accurate information about relevant Northcentral University student achievement outcomes, Northcentral University discloses information about graduation and retention rates.

Doctor of Health Administration Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 44 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One