Doctor of Health Administration

Online Degree Program

The online Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree program is a professional doctoral degree 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.

Hone your expertise and elevate your competency by working to master 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 career paths 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
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The Trident Difference

EdActive™ Learning Approach

Students are presented with a question or issue. They do their own research, apply their own experience and present their solution. Feedback and suggestions are received and the student applies the learning to their next task.


With flexible, 100% online classes you can manage your own time to deliver on deadline, with milestones to keep you on track. Faculty is responsive to student needs without daily micro-management.


Trident is competitively priced with no application or lab fees. Scholarships and grants are available for those who qualify*.


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.

*University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University’s Catalog or on its website and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

Meet your Doctoral Faculty

Doctoral Faculty teach content courses in the online degree program and serve as committee members for doctoral research projects to support and guide students

Stephanie Yackel

Dr. Stephanie Yackel


College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Gayl M. Anglin

Depatment Chair

College of Health and Human Services

Shannon Cox-Kelley

Dr. Shannon Cox-Kelley

Full-Time Faculty

A dissertation committee and dissertation chairperson will be established for you. Each committee will consist of three faculty members with one member serving as Chair of the Committee. The chairperson and the committee will be responsible for guiding you during the dissertation process.

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Doctor of Health Administration Online Degree Program Milestones

There are several milestones in the development of your doctoral study. Here is a brief overview of milestones.

  • 1
    Complete Core, Research, and Concentration Coursework
  • 2
    Develop Prospectus
  • 3
    Draft a Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
  • 4
    Obtain IRB Approval
  • 5
    Defend the Doctoral Dissertation Project

Online Degree Program Overview

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 28 percent from 2022 to 2032*.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at (visited October 9, 2023). 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 October, 2023). Conditions in your area may vary

Students will work to become well-versed in core competencies of health administration and healthcare research methods in the DHA degree 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 may implement in the workplace. These studies will be undertaken as a joint project with an organization of the student’s choosing and can 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 Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

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 and Health Care, Law, Regulation and Ethics to Applied Statistics for Research.

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-in from Trident's MSHA or MSHS degree programs.

Tuition cost for the Ph.D. program:

Tuition Type Per Credit Cost Total Tuition Cost*
Standard $787.50 $34,650
Retired Military / Veteran / And Their Immediate Family Members** $708.75 $31,185
Military & Immediate Family Members / Department of Defense Federal Civilian Employees** $656.25 $28,875

*Total Tuition Cost displayed is based on the total number of credits required for the program and may very based on transfer credit applied. Does not include cost of dissertation continuation courses, the number of which vary based on dissertation completion date.

**Tuition per credit represented with applicable military grant applied Other fees may apply and are subject to change without advance notice.

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Scholarships & Grants

Trident offers an assortment of scholarships and grants to help make college more affordable for our students.*

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*University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University’s Catalog or on its website and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.

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Credits for Prior Learning

Trident may award doctoral credit for professional experience in the discipline. Students may submit an experiential portfolio for assessment to the appropriate Doctoral Studies Director. The request can be submitted during the admissions process using the Doctoral PLA Request Form. For questions or assistance contact an Admissions Advisor at**

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**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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