Doctor 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 courses and in-person meetings. Students take a core curriculum focusing on leadership and management, applied research methods, health policy, and more. Additional elective courses in advanced health information systems, leadership and operations, and telehealth are also available.

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 will 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. However, there are two paths to admission, Health Administrator and Health Professional.

Health Administrator Track

Applicants have prior work experience in health care management, including position such as chief executive officer, administrator, regional manager, program director, or department manager. In addition, applicants in the health administrator track have had prior graduate-level coursework in healthcare management and finance.

Health Professional Track

Applicants have prior healthcare work experience, in positions such as, practicing clinician, chief information officer, health information technology consultant, social worker, case manager, information systems vendor executive, quality assurance professional, and training program coordinator.