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Doctor of Health Administration Testimonials

Doctor of Health Administration students and alumni have high praises for the online-based program:


"Pursuing the DHA degree has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding adventures thus far in my career. I now have a greater appreciation for hospital administrators and departmental leadership.

As a physician and educator, having a broader understanding about health care law, strategic planning, leadership, communication, and research will enhance my ability to have a greater impact in health care. I can now approach patient care from different perspectives.

The diversity of the cohorts enhances learning opportunities through the sharing of vast professional background experiences and networking. The importance of teamwork and developing interpersonal relationships is reinforced over the three-year curriculum."

Sheila Bouldin, MD
UMMC Department of OB/GYN



"The DHA program has allowed me to understand the importance of putting together a systematic approach when it comes to change initiatives or larger projects within my department and/or organization. Additionally, the DHA program taught me the importance of due diligence and exploring various possibilities before deciding on a path forward.

The DHA program has allowed me to diversify current and future opportunities by way of academic instructing. As my career in health care administration advances, so does my opportunity to mentor and instruct future generations. The DHA helped to further legitimize my level of expertise.

The networking opportunities are great in that each cohort is generally comprised of individuals with various experiences and backgrounds that can act as a wonderful resource while in the program and beyond."

W. Taylor Sisson, DHA, MBA
UMMC Department of Dermatology
Department Business Administrator



"I have used the knowledge obtained to gain a better understanding of topics which are essential for a health care leader in an ever-changing health care climate.

We are encouraged to form a strong professional bond, gain insight from our different perspectives and use the overall experience as one that makes us better-equipped health care leaders."

Driscoll Devaul, MHS, RRT
Director, Respiratory Care, ECMO, & Associated Clinical Programs



"In my current job within the forensics division within the Department of Pediatrics, I have utilized many of the things I have learned in the DHA courses.

I have insight on how to better communicate with others in a work setting, how to be a better leader, how to ensure to stay within budget, and how health care law is applicable on a daily basis within the forensics world."

Rebecca Mansell, JD
Director, Children's Safe Center



"The DHA program most certainly helped me rise to the position of regional chief medical officer for one of the largest hospital systems in the nation. Not only was the program integral in representing my credentials, but the knowledge that I obtained has served me very well. The program has allowed me to successfully make a mid-career transition from clinical medicine to health care administration leadership.

I now believe that leadership is a skill that can be taught, and I am certainly a stronger leader because of the DHA program. I also understand the psychology and behavior of my organization better, and this appreciation clearly stems from coursework in the DHA program. The ability to maintain a full professional work schedule while still achieving the aims of the program was truly remarkable. The assigned coursework maintains discipline, but allows for the flexibility needed as a working health care professional. 

Faculty were always accessible and personally invested in my success. The ability for a distance learning program to draw on faculty in a wide variety of disciplines and across campuses is a great asset. The doctoral project was not only challenging, but it taught me how to think critically and gave me a new skill set on how to present and manage data and support my positions as a leader."

Donald S. David, MD, DHA
Chief Medical Officer – California
UHS of Delaware, Inc. a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.



"The DHA has helped me have a broader perspective of health care. From leadership, to economics, to operations, to research, I have a stronger understanding of the industry.

Learning how to express myself through writing more effectively has contributed to my impact as a leader more than I expected. Meeting and working with other students from different organizations and parts of the industry has been invaluable. My ability to research solutions, think them through and explain them has strengthened as a result of this program."

Guy Giesecke, DHA
CEO, Children’s Hospital



"Through the knowledge I gained in the DHA program, I am able to bring different perspectives to challenges faced by my department, and I have the confidence to present ideas that may be novel or “outside the box.” Since I have completed the program, I feel that I have a better standing to be an advocate for the stakeholders impacted by the projects that I manage.

The program is well structured and designed. The subject matter covered in the various courses provides the student an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics that will improve the student’s abilities to function in whatever role they play in a health care organization."

Monte E. Luehlfing, DHA
Senior IT Program Manager



"I appreciated how our professors provided an array of activities and assignments because it made demonstrating our learning more challenging and enjoyable, and this enabled me to build a strong learning portfolio. The blended model of UMMC’s DHA program allowed me to earn my doctoral degree while living and working full time in San Francisco, and it provided worthwhile face-to-face time on campus with professors and fellow students. 

The Doctor of Health Administration program at UMMC provided a well-rounded, meaningful curriculum that strengthened my knowledge and skills in many important areas within healthcare and leadership. My responsibilities at UCSF Health include collaborating with interdisciplinary colleagues across all levels of the organization on continuous process improvement efforts aligned with our strategic true north goals. I was able to immediately apply much of what I learned to my work. The education I received through this program continues to empower me to be a better teammate and leader.

The professional connections I acquired through the DHA program are invaluable. I had the magnificent opportunity to learn from and be mentored by caring faculty members who are leaders in their fields. My cohort consisted of highly engaged, collaborative, and driven professionals across the country, which truly enriched my studies. After graduating, an alumnus offered me an exciting opportunity to serve on an advisory council at his university. I look forward to continuing to partner with alumni and faculty on future healthcare and higher education improvement initiatives.

The knowledge and skills I gained enabled me to think more strategically and systematically as my teams approach, execute, and reflect on our change initiatives."

Susan Chim, DHA, MAT
Lean EHR Specialist
UCSF Health