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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.

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.


Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Walden’s Doctor of Healthcare Administration program offers two paths to completion:

TRACK I: A program of study for students who have a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). It allows the student to forgo foundational healthcare administration courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time. 

TRACK II: Designed for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline other than healthcare administration who start at the beginning of the term.


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations:

 A master's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s online Doctor of Healthcare Administration program will be prepared to:

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

Career Outlook

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):

  • Career opportunities for health and medical management are projected to grow by about 18% by 2028.1

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

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