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Doctor of Health Administration


​Letter From the Director

Dear Potential Student:​

The Doctor of Health in Administration (DHA) program is specifically designed to prepare individuals with the theoretical foundations, critical analytic skills, applied skills and practical expertise to be effective healthcare leaders. This cutting edge, academically sound, research and practice-based program utilizes an online delivery format,​ combined with occasional intensive face-to-face seminars which provide the ultimate combination of academic rigor and practical convenience.

Central Michigan University is a fully accredited institution; and the DHA program provides a theory to application approach to the study of topics and research that are critical and relevant to healthcare executives who are leading healthcare organizations in the 21st Century. As an application, yet research-based degree, this program builds and expands knowledge, analytic abilities, and skills by evaluating current practices, revising or developing strategies for success, and adding to the scholarly base of applied healthcare administration research. The use of online delivery for the courses, combined with occasional face-to-face seminars provides an effective yet flexible way to complete your doctoral program.

Who the program serves

The DHA is designed for professionals in upper leadership levels from a variety of healthcare disciplines and organizations. You will be able to work with other senior level managers who represent the entire spectrum of healthcare delivery modalities. Together you will evaluate effective strategies of leadership, problem-solve real health care issues, and collaborate in finding practical solutions to dilemmas facing our health care infrastructure.

Admission requirements

Professionals in the DHA program must have earned a master’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university or have earned a professional doctorate (M.D., D.O., J.D., PharmD, etc.), of at least 27 semester hours, from a U.S. accredited university. All professionals in the program must complete 63 semester hours of credit with Central Michigan University in the DHA program curriculum.

Program delivery

The curriculum uses a model of delivery that is both convenient and effective. The program consists of:

  • intensive two and a half day seminars (6 in all)
  • eight modules of integrated Internet-based courses (15 courses in all)
  • a comprehensive examination at the end of the didactic phase of the program
  • an individual evidence based dissertation with oral defense

The program is delivered in a cohort format with one cohort starting in the fall semester of each year. A cohort is a group of students that follow a set schedule of courses together from start to finish. Applications are currently being accepted. Please contact one of our enrollment specialists if you have any questions or would like further information.


Steven Berkshire Ed.D, MHA, FACHE
Professor and Director
Doctor of Health Administration Program​