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Doctor of Health Administration (DHA)

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Hone your expertise and elevate your competency by mastering evidence-based problem-solving and research in the healthcare industry. The Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree program is designed for professionals who aspire to advance in executive, consulting, and faculty careers in areas of Health Administration.

In our doctoral program, you will study how to:

  • Assess trends to keep your organization aligned with the latest healthcare innovations
  • Effectively communicate to staff, patients, and other stakeholders on relevant healthcare issues
  • Critically evaluate data from various sources and apply it for optimal organizational outcomes
  • Demonstrate accountable and collaborative leadership in a diverse organization
  • Act ethically to abide by current regulatory requirements

Seamlessly blend life, learning, and leading with our affordable 100% online doctoral programs.


Trident University International is 100% online and offers a variety of doctoral program lengths—enabling students to adjust completion time to fit their own schedules. There are no in-person attendance requirements. Keep living, keep working, start learning. Learn More

Transfer Credit

Trident extends a generous policy regarding required credits. Our programs are focused and efficient regarding required credits and your total required credits may be reduced based on potential transfer credits from other accredited institutions*; we may also consider awarding potential credits for prior learning.

Individualized Support

You will be aligned with a doctoral faculty member who will provide individualized guidance during the research phase of the program. A Student Success Advisor will be assigned to you for personal assistance with administrative matters throughout your enrollment.


Trident has an extensive and involved alumni network that can be a key resource for you throughout the program. Learn More

Institutionally Accredited

Trident University International is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn More


Trident is competitively priced. There is no application fee, no lab fees. Learn More

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

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Make an Impact with an Online DHA

The College of Health and Human Services offers the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree program designed to develop healthcare administrators who are prepared to meet the needs of a growing and ever-changing field with competencies of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Education in mind.

The healthcare administration/management field is consistently impacted by regulatory and legal policy changes, political and social trends, and advances in technology and research. We help our students prepare to understand and embrace these challenges and opportunities so they can drive growth and success within their organizations while focusing on helping them grow professionally.

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030*. *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at (visited March 17, 2022). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet (visited March, 2020). Conditions in your area may vary.

Program Overview – What Students Can Expect

The online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) program is a professional doctoral program designed to help healthcare leaders prepare to critically evaluate research and the political, social, and legal climates in which healthcare functions. In turn, they can use this information to help lead ethically, socially, and culturally responsible organizations that are responsive to market and regulatory demands while serving diverse stakeholders.

Students will work to become well-versed in core competencies of health administration and healthcare research methods in the DHA program. To further develop skills and competency at evidence-informed problem solving and decision making, instruction in applied research methods culminates in a doctoral study project that the graduate can implement in the workplace. These studies will be undertaken as a joint project with an organization of the student’s choosing and will demonstrate sound research practice, independent thinking, and innovative solutions.

Upon completion of the online DHA degree program, the student will be able to:

  • Assess how organizations should operate and respond to social, economic, and political forces that shape the healthcare system and the environment in which it functions.
  • Demonstrate the verbal and written skills necessary for healthcare executives to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative data to make sound organizational decisions that positively impact patients, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide evidence of an ability to contribute to the scholarly-practitioner information base in the field of health administration.
  • Critically assess emerging trends, operationalize their potential impacts on health-related administrative practice, and respond appropriately.
  • Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to make decisions conducive to healthy organizational development.
  • Resolve administrative challenges in compliance with health law, policies, and ethical guidelines for health administration.

See the Trident University International Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

Prepare to take the lead in our virtual classrooms and in your career. If you are ready to take this important next step, apply online now. The documents specified below are required for all DBA applicants:

You will take 36-44 semester credit hours of core courses. Each core course is worth four semester credit hours. Course topics range from Health Care Finance,  Healthcare Delivery Systems to Applied Statistics for Research Methods.

The Doctor of Health Administration program accepts up to 24 semester credits of graduate level coursework from regionally accredited institutions; subject to approval by the Program Director. A total of 8 semester credits can be transferred from Trident's MSHA or MSHS degree programs.

Designed to help doctoral students follow their progress, Trident’s Doctoral Positioning System (DPS) allows students to track the completion of tasks and milestones that are required to obtain their doctorate and provides a single place to submit and store documents and track completed tasks.

Pursuant to Federal law and regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for research involving human subjects. Accordingly, prior to conducting research involving human subjects, including the collecting and analyzing of data, the proposed study must be reviewed and approved by the Trident IRB.

Tuition cost for the DHA program:
tuition type per credit per course per year*
Standard $787.50 $3,150 $12,600
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $708.75 $2,835 $11,340
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500
Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve U.S Military Service Members** $656.25 $2,625 $10,500

*Assumes no transfer credits and that student enrolls in an average of 16 credits per year. Does not include cost of any applicable dissertation continuation courses. **Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied.

University Fees:

  • Books and Supplies: $0
  • Course Materials: $0
  • Diploma Copy: $30 (optional)
  • Food, Housing, and Transportation: N/A
  • Graduation Fee: $150
  • Official Transcript: $10
  • Other Expedited Shipping Fees: varies based on region
  • Payment Plan Set-up: $35-$55 (non-refundable)
  • Student ID Card: $10 (optional)
  • Technology Fee: $0
  • Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

Seeking more information on the cost of attending Trident University? Visit Trident's Financial Aid Resources page where you will find financial aid tools including Trident's Net Price Calculator and Shopping Sheet, a guide to assist in early financial planning for college.

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