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College of Doctoral Studies

Doctoral healthcare degrees

Lead the way in the healthcare business

Shape the future of health administration with a doctoral healthcare degree. In this program, you’ll learn how to expand your role as a health professional to meet the various challenges of health administration, such as improving the patient care experience and health of people, and decreasing the cost per capita of care.

Curated for busy health professionals, like you. All our courses are 100% online and only eight (8) weeks long, including two symposiums. That means you’ll have the flexibility to start your doctoral degree any time of the year and when it fits your busy schedule. Its convenience built into a challenging education that prepares you with the leadership skills needed to meet the growing demands of health administration.

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Doctoral healthcare degrees

Doctoral degree program length

The doctoral degree program length can vary by program expectations. Course extensions, research proposals, and research and dissertation can all impact the duration and cost of doctoral studies. That's why our doctoral support team is here to guide you every step of the way. Review your selected program for details.

If you have questions, speak to our dedicated doctoral enrollment representative.

Topics covered in an online doctoral healthcare degree

doctor of health administration

  • Components and subsystems within healthcare
  • Economic and regulatory factors of healthcare
  • Healthcare policy
  • Evidence-based decision-making

Outlook for workers with a doctoral healthcare degree

BLS CATEGORY: Medical & Health Services Manager


Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for medical and healthservices manager occupations is projected to be much faster than average between 2022 and 2032.


  • Clinical Director
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Nursing Director

Course requirements for our doctoral healthcare degree

Doctor of Health Administration

You’ll take 18 core courses with program-specific curriculum to help you gain the confidence and skills to lead in health administration. These core courses include topics such as leadership theory, healthcare economics, risk management and evolution of healthcare programs to ensure organizations remain sustainable in a competitive environment.

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

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Compare tuition costs and see how affordable a degree can be

Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From grants and scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition.

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Financial Aid

Transfer Credits

Your prior eligible credits could help you graduate from your bachelor's degree faster and for less.

Transfer Credits

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Military or Veteran Benefits


Starting with your first course, every new qualifying student will be awarded one of our scholarships.


Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Student experience

MacDonald C.

MacDonald C.
BSM, 2014 | MHA, 2016 | DHA, 2020

“My achievement has brought a deep sense of personal satisfaction and opened a whole new world for me.”   

Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Use Robust Student Resources

Use Robust Student Resources

Learn Online

Learn Online

How to apply for your doctoral healthcare degree

Once you’ve selected your doctoral degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you'll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee — no obligation!
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
Apply for your bachelor's degree online

Meet your college deans

Our college deans focus on developing a career-relevant curriculum. They bring industry experience to the classroom and lead a faculty of academic professionals with one goal in mind—to help you earn the skills you need to pursue your career.

Hinrich Eylers, Vice Provost

Hinrich Eylers, PhD

Vice Provost of Doctoral Studies and Academic Operations

Cathy Lalley, Associate Dean

Cathy Lalley, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Institutional accreditation

University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), since 1978.

FAQs about doctoral healthcare degrees

The Doctor of Health Administration degree is designed to be completed in 42 months, but it depends on a few factors including whether you take breaks during your program.

Having a doctoral degree in health administration has become an increasingly important way to gain the knowledge and critical skills today's workers need to stay competitive in health administration. The US Bureau of Labor Statics projects that job growth for medical and health services managers are expected to grow faster than average — that’s 28% between 2021 and 2031.* So if you’re looking to build knowledge and career-relevant skills, the Doctor of Health Administration degree could help.

*The BLS Projected Growth for 2021-2031 is published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This data reflects the BLS’ projections of national (not local) conditions. These data points are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.

Yes! University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( since 1978.

Yes, you can transfer eligible credits if they are from an accredited institution.