Doctor of Health Administration (DHA)
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Online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA)
The healthcare industry is massive and complex, requiring highly skilled managers to plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices. National University’s online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) offers a rigorous curriculum designed to help you build the advanced skills necessary to solve problems and be an agent of change in a broad range of healthcare organizations.
Diagnose Your Role in the Future of Healthcare
NU’s practice-based curriculum uses competencies from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) that will teach you how to navigate legal and ethical issues in the industry, understand the impact of policy, and develop evidence-based strategies. The curriculum will prepare you for mid to senior executive-level positions in the private and public healthcare sectors.”
Our DHA program is offered completely online and has no GRE/GMAT requirements or group projects. Additionally, this program has weekly start dates, so you can continue your education without putting your career on hold.
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Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program, you’ll be able to:
- Assess community needs through research, collaboration, and relationship building
- Recommend ethically sound policies that promote accountability and professionalism
- 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
- Construct and cultivate financial structures to ensure organizational viability
National University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round and, once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the next week.
To apply to the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree program, you must have a conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.
Finish Your Dissertation!
Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) is a 100% online pathway helping students “All But Dissertation” finish their doctoral degree.
- Block transfer of credit from your previous institution
- Flexible monthly start dates
- Highly trained faculty providing feedback each week on your dissertation
- Strategic support and targeted resources to help you finish
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Doctor of Healthcare Administration Program FAQs
The DHA program provides personalized support toward a successful doctoral project dissertation that includes opportunities such as participating in optional, virtual synchronous sessions called Topic Tackle where students share their ideas for their project and discuss questions with their peers and faculty in a facilitated environment.
The DHA degree requires a conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution. Our DHA program is suited for individuals in mid to senior-level healthcare leadership roles, with a minimum of 3-5 years of industry experience.
Yes! Our DHA program participates in ACHE Higher Education Network (HEN). Student leaders are involved in a variety of activities to support their peers and the program. The DHA program is also affiliated with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). While doctoral students are active in the DHA program, they are associate members of AUPHA.
Yes, our DHA students have the opportunity to participate in the School of Health Professions Interprofessional Education (IPE) Speaker Series where esteemed healthcare leaders share their insights into the industry.
While there currently is no accreditation for doctoral programs, this program was intentionally developed to align with the high standards and best practices for graduate programs, as set forth by CAHME.
The DHA credit hour requirements are 60.
No, there is no physical residency requirements. The program offers unique flexibility with weekly course starts.
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