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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
  • Health Care Quality and Analytics
  • 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 School of Nursing and Health Sciences Advisory Board helps ensure the curriculum is developed with the insight and support of industry leaders.
  • The DHA features interprofessional education in which students share courses with other nursing and public health practitioners to learn about, from, and with others in the industry.

Expected Program Outcomes

  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 Health Sciences Degree Program Graduates

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

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 50%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 50%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 38%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Profession Accomplishments
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 46%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 38%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 23%

Received a salary increase: 54%

Received a promotion: 38%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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 Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Doctoral Health Sciences Degree Program Graduates

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

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella : 38%

I am satisfied with my Capella education : 56%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree : 40%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

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Skills and Abilities
All Health Sciences Doctoral Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 100%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

 Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

 Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 100%

 pply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 100%

 

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" 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 Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

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