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National University Volume 86B-2 Catalog - April 2024 
National University Volume 86B-2 Catalog - April 2024

Doctor of Health Administration, DHA

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Doctor of Health Administration

Description of Program

Under the framework of interprofessional education, the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program will provide a high-quality educational experience that prepares students for success in mid-career and senior level executive positions in the healthcare industry. The program will present essential competencies and learning experiences to enable and prepare graduates to lead and effect change in complex and diverse healthcare organizations.

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**Note: Program availability may vary by state - please contact the Enrollment Office for more information**

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Basis for Admissions

In order to enter in the Doctor of Health Administration applicants must have a conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution with minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. To be considered for admission to the DHA program, applications require:

  • Completion of the application for admission
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Demonstration of at least 3 years of work-related experience in mid-level or higher healthcare management or health-related positions

EXCEPTION: Applicants without requisite healthcare experience/education may seek conditional admission from the School Dean.

Degree Requirements

The DHA degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university while enrolled in a doctoral program with a grade of “B” or better.

The DHA degree program have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • University approval of dissertation project and successful completion of the dissertation defense
  • Submission of the approved project to the University Registrar, including the original unbound dissertation manuscript and an electronic copy
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma
  • Students are required to own or otherwise have access to a computer/laptop equipped with a webcam, a microphone, and a high-speed Internet connection in order to complete course assignments throughout their program

Dissertation Completion Pathway

The University’s mission is dedicated to assisting students in achieving their academic aspirations and helping them become valuable contributors to their community and profession. To support our mission, the University now offers a dissertation completion pathway for students who have successfully completed their doctoral coursework and achieved doctoral candidacy at a previous institution but were unable to complete their dissertation. The University’s Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) offers a unique opportunity for students to complete their doctorate in one of the doctoral programs offered at the University (excluding the PhD in MFT, DMFT, and DNP). Students successfully meeting the entrance and application requirements will complete a minimum of 23 credit hours to earn their doctorate.

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Time to Completion

The University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 49 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 44 months.

Doctoral Student Experience (DSE): An Applied Dissertation Process

Faculty assists each Doctoral student to reach this high academic goal through a systematic process leading to a high-quality, completed applied project. The applied dissertation is a scholarly documentation of the completed project, which uses current knowledge to solve a real-world problem. This process requires care in choosing a project topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and connecting the importance of the project to the field. These activities lead smoothly into writing the applied dissertation and presenting the defense of the project.

A doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled throughout the series of dissertation courses as they work on their applied project. These courses are automatically scheduled and accepted without a break in scheduling to ensure that students remain in continuous enrollment throughout the course sequence. If additional time is required to complete any of the courses, students must enroll in supplemental courses and pay the tuition for those courses. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when students demonstrate progress toward completing the requirements of the applied doctoral project. The Project Committee determines progress.

Recommended Elective Courses - 6 credit hours

The Doctor of Health Administration program allows students to select electives from a broad range of courses to fit their personal and professional goals. Electives have been agreed upon by the Deans of the Schools of Business and Economics, Sanford College of Education, JFK School of Psychology and Social Sciences, and Technology and Engineering. A complete listing of the approved electives can be located through the following resources: the DHA Program Handbook, the Health Administration Forum of The Commons, or by contacting the School of Health Professions Academic and Financial Advisor(s).

Students must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours (2 elective courses) for the program.

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