Capella University

DHA - Health Policy and Advocacy

Capella University's Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy program is designed to prepare health care professionals for management careers in policy development, evaluation, and implementation. Read more about this online doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A master's degree and experience working in the health care industry are important to aspiring students of Capella University's Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy program. Applicants to the Capella University DHA program must have completed their Master's degree before being admitted in to the; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Those enrolled in the Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy program at Capella University are provided the opportunity to study strategies and concepts in health policy design and change, participate in a practical field experience, and build research skills through the development of a dissertation. The curriculum, developed around the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Competency Modelâ„¢, emphasizes practice-based research and collaborative experiences. Required and specialization courses cover the impact of health care advocacy, organizational directives of health policies, global strategies, policy change management, current issues affecting health care policies, and health care ethics. The program's field experience is conducted in a professional health care setting and allows students to apply techniques and knowledge learned throughout the curriculum.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

92 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Capella participates in several federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide information on other non-federal loan programs.

Capella-funded scholarships are also available in select disciplines, such as the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship and the Helene Krivosha Scholarship for education students. There are also external scholarships offered specifically to Capella students, such as the Go the Distance Scholarship.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses

  • PSL 8004: Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Health Care Doctoral Learners (6 credits)
  • DHA 8004: Innovative Business Practices in Health Care (6 credits)
  • DHA 8007: Strategic Financial Management in Health Care (6 credits)
  • DHA 8008: Health Care Policy Processes (6 credits)
  • DHA 8011: Evidence-Based Research Methods in Health Administration (6 credits)
  • DHA 8013: Action Research in Health Administration 1 (6 credits)
  • DHA 8015: Action Research in Health Administration 2 (6 quarter credits)
  • DHA 9920: Dissertation Courseroom (0 credits)
  • DHA 9921: Action Research Dissertation 1 (5 credits)
  • DHA 9922: Action Research Dissertation 2 (5 credits)
  • PSL-R 8900: Professional Doctorate Colloquium (non-credit)

Specialization Courses

  • DHA 8020: Health Policy in the United States (6 credits)
  • DHA 8022: Global Health Policy (6 credits)
  • DHA 8024: Policy Advocacy and Analysis (6 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Approved Graduate-Level Electives (12 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Capella University's Doctor of Health Administration in Health Policy and Advocacy program, graduates could seek executive or directorial positions in state health departments, federal government health agencies, community health centers, or nonprofit health organizations. A doctorate could also qualify them for an academic career in a college or university.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Health policy director
  • Public health advocate
  • Health policy analyst
  • College or university instructor

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