Doctor of Health Administration

Position yourself to meet the critical need for leadership in the growing field of health care administration.

This program is designed for health care leaders and administrators who want to advance in their field. The program is designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills health care administrators need to lead innovative and transformational health care delivery systems. Capella's Doctor of Health Administration focuses on reflection, professionalism and ethics, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

Each doctoral program and specialization is designed around expected learning outcomes (see Expected Program Outcomes below). End of program performance is determined during the comprehensive exam and dissertation process. Because the work is unique to each learner's dissertation or research topic and the criteria for evaluation are aligned to that work, we do not collect data on proficiency levels for doctoral programs.

Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) specializations

  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Care Leadership
  • General Health Administration

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • Capella's DHA curriculum is designed around the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Model™.
  • Capella's DHA program uses simulations, group problem-solving, and real-time coaching sessions to strengthen the collaboration and communication skills needed by health care leaders.
  • Capella is one of very few universities to offer a DHA.
  • The program includes a field experience instead of a comprehensive exam, giving you the opportunity to apply your newly gained knowledge in a professional health care setting.

Expected Program Outcomes for All Specializations

  1. Lead organizational transformation processes.
  2. Execute strategies to optimize organizational performance.
  3. Create an organizational climate that promotes personal and professional growth.
  4. Think critically and communicate effectively.
  5. Lead collaboratively with integrity and social responsibility.
  6. Conduct research to improve health care systems.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella University doctoral graduates report satisfaction with salary, benefits, and responsibilities. Half of the graduates surveyed work in higher education and another 12 percent hold positions in the P–12 environment.

Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


Doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Around half those surveyed have advanced in their careers and just over a third have presented at a professional conference or worked as a consultant.

Career & Professional Accomplishments Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Doctoral degree graduates

Data from graduates across all doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

Capella University doctoral graduates think their education meets academic program outcomes and helps them meet career goals. They are likely to recommend Capella to others.

Satisfaction with Capella Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.

Our doctoral graduates report they have gained practical knowledge and expertise which are applicable in a range of professional settings.

Improvement in Skills and Abilities Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "distinguished" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2012 – Q1 2013.


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Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (DOE) (under 34 CFR 688.6 ), provide some information about completion, expenses and occupations based on learners who graduated between July 2012 and June 2013. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The DOE has defined time to complete for a Bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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