Doctor of Health Administration

Jillian Harvey, Ph.D., DHA Division Director

The Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program is designed to allow ambitious health care professionals to turn their clinical or administrative experiences into opportunities to teach, shape public policy, and/or lead complex organizations. Courses are delivered using a blended format of online coursework and in-person meetings. Students take a core curriculum focusing on leadership and management, applied research methods, health policy, and more.

This unique program gives students the opportunity to meet and learn from national health policy experts during a week-long intensive policy trip to Washington DC and culminates with an individual, supervised doctoral research project. The purpose of the doctoral project is to give students an opportunity to work under the direction of a faculty member to conceive, implement, and analyze an applied research problem that generates new knowledge or adds a new perspective to existing knowledge.

Successful applicants possess relevant post-baccalaureate professional or master's degrees and significant practical experience in the field. All graduates obtain the same Doctor of Health Administration degree.

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Learn more about the admission steps and requirements for the program.


The DHA requires a minimum of 57 semester hours organized as follows:

  • 39 credit hours of didactic coursework
  • 18 credit hours of Doctoral Project credit hours (minimum requirement)

Year 1, Fall

DHA 800,
DHA 802
Organizational Behavior, or
Healthcare Leadership
DHA 805 Qualitative Methods 3
Semester Total 6

Year 1, Spring

DHA 801 Financial Management (2 sections) 3
DHA 807 Managing Healthcare Info 3
DHA 816 Diversity & Inclusion Management 2
Semester Total 8

Year 1, Summer

DHA 808 Health Politics & Advocacy 3
DHA 867 Quantitative Methods for Research 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Fall

DHA 865 National Health Policy 3
DHA 812 Evidence Based Decision Making 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Spring

DHA 809 Change Management & Negotiation 3
DHA 850 Population Health Management 3
Semester Total 6

Year 2, Summer

DHA 814 Study Execution 4
DHA 817, or
DHA 872,  or
DHA 878
Strategy & Operations, or
Leadership III, or
Advanced Information Systems


Semester Total 7

Year 3, Fall

DHA 990 Doctoral Project 9
Semester Total 9

Year 3, Spring

DHA 990 Doctoral Project 9
Semester Total 9
Curriculum Total 57