Gain the knowledge to impact the future of healthcare. Walden’s online Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) can prepare you to be a visionary leader and social change agent in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

The healthcare industry is undergoing a radical transformation—from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to new insurance regulations to evolving medical service delivery models. Employers will expect tomorrow’s healthcare leaders to effectively deliver the highest caliber of care at the lowest possible cost.

One of a small numbers of universities offering a fully online DHA program, Walden’s innovative DHA program is designed to prepare you with the holistic knowledge and advanced business strategies needed to manage the healthcare delivery demands of your organization and the communities it serves. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum that blends theory with research, you can learn how to become an effective healthcare leader and problem solver. Attend enriching, face-to-face residencies that prepare you for each phase of your program.

Some of the leadership skills you will gain include:

  • Effectively using communication and public relations knowledge.
  • Adopting data-driven approaches for executive-level decision making.
  • Executing practice-based research.

As a leader in healthcare education, Walden University is dedicated to meeting the needs of our students, the healthcare industry, and employers. Earning your online DHA from Walden can position you to attain a new level of credibility and recognition in your field, advance into executive roles, and improve the healthcare experience for providers as well as patients.

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based leadership approaches in changing healthcare environments.
  2. Engage in scientific inquiry to advance research and practice in complex healthcare systems.
  3. Critically evaluate the interdisciplinary role of stakeholders in healthcare administration strategies.
  4. Demonstrate data-driven decision making in healthcare-setting financial management, strategic planning, economic analysis, and quality assessment.
  5. Apply ethical and legal principles to healthcare administration practice and communication.
  6. Implement culturally responsive decisions in healthcare administration.
  7. Assess risk management in healthcare settings using scientifically validated principles.
  8. Promote positive social change through health management and systems thinking.

Career Impact

In light of new consumer expectations, emerging technologies, and reform initiatives such as the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare administration field has never been more challenging—or more exciting. Hospitals and healthcare organizations need talented, forward-thinking professionals to help manage the changes. Our Doctor of Healthcare Administration program can prepare you with the knowledge and business competencies you need to lead change in your organization and make an impact on your healthcare community.

Earning your doctorate in healthcare administration from Walden can prepare you to pursue executive-level and leadership roles such as CEO, CFO, and COO. Such positions may be found in a variety of settings, including:

  • Ambulatory care facilities
  • Consulting firms
  • Healthcare associations
  • Home health agencies
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals and hospital systems
  • Integrated delivery systems
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Managed care organizations (e.g., HMOs, PPOs)
  • Medical group practices
  • Mental health organizations
  • Public health departments
  • University or research institutions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • The number of jobs typically requiring a doctorate or a professional degree for entry is projected to increase by 20% (vs. 14% for others) between 2010 and 2020.
  • Career opportunities for health and medical management are projected to grow by about 22% through 2020.1

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • You can automatically reduce your required Doctor of Healthcare Administration credits and coursework if you have completed your Master of Healthcare Administration. Reducing required credits in your program will make your education more affordable.
  • You can also complete your required Doctor of Healthcare Administration coursework sooner by transferring your applicable credits.

Earn Your PhD While Balancing Priorities

At Walden we understand that you likely work full time and may care for children or other family members. Explore our support services  designed to help you balance family commitments with your work and school responsibilities. We’re all in it together.



JImmy Watson

Jimmy Watson

BS in Health Studies Graduate / MHA Graduate
The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
Being a student at Walden University is one of the best things that has happened to me in my life. As a father, husband, and worker, I was able to navigate this triangular responsibility alongside my academic challenges.
Pursuing a degree from Walden is a commitment to efficiency and quality in healthcare.
Kahla D. LaPlante PhD in Health Services Student
Kahla LaPlante
Ogbeide Elijah MHA Graduate
Ogbeide Elijah
Perry Ishmael Peralta MHA Graduate
Perry Ishmael Peralta


Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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