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Get a Doctorate of Health Care Administration Online Through OSU

The discipline of healthcare administration has witnessed considerable change over the past decade with a continuing demand for well-trained administrators, supervisors, and managers. Research efforts in healthcare administration have identified the need for administrators who have a high degree of technical competence coupled with leadership and emotional intelligence skills. The expansion of the healthcare sector has created an urgency for a pool of more highly educated, non-research-oriented professionals who not only understand the business and economics of healthcare, but are also prepared to deal with the leadership challenges this highly labor intensive discipline presents.


This professional degree program has been designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals, and as such is delivered completely online & the majority of courses will be completely asynchronous.As a professional degree, there is no dissertation requirement.



The Doctorate of Healthcare Administration is a 62 credit hour program comprised of coursework designed to prepare students in both technical and administrative objectives. Students who have completed a prior graduate-level degree may be eligible to use up to 30 credit hours towards their DHA matriculation. Transcripts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis after application.


Required courses include (but are not limited to):

  • Dynamics of Health Care Markets
  • Healthcare Public Policy
  • Advanced Clinical Operations Management
  • Advanced Cases in Healthcare Leadership
  • Contemporary Topics in Healthcare Management
  • Cases in Healthcare Quality and Process Improvement
  • Advanced Healthcare Law
  • Graduate Seminar - Various Offerings

Research and Faculty

Dr. Jim Hess speaking with students

We are so excited to accept our first cohort of Doctoral students in the School of Health Care Administration this fall (2022). We encourage applications from students who are interested in working at a high-level of healthcare administration and management. We work hard to make sure that our students have a robust curriculum of advanced training in both technical and administrative aspects of healthcare administration, to prepare the next generation of healthcare system leaders.

- Dr. Bavette Miller
Chair and Director, School of Health Care Administration.

Meet our Departmental Faculty & Staff



Applicants are encouraged to apply anytime. Please refer to our admissions page for more instructions and deadlines. Applicants are expected to have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.00 (or an equivalent) or higher. Letters of recommendations and a statement of career goals will be used in admission decisions. Where English is not the native language, students must have scored above 550 on the paper based TOEFL or above 79 on the Internet based TOEFL.

Cost & Assistance

We are proud to offer one of the most affordable Doctorate of Health Care Administration programs in the nation whether you are an in state or out of state student. In state residents will receive the 'Oklahoma Resident' tuition rates and out of state students will receive the 'Non-residents - Online Only**' tuition rates listed on the Tuition & Financial Aid page linked below.


Tuition & Financial Aid

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