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Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5894, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

Twenty-One Required Courses, 88 quarter credits

PSL8002
Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners (4 quarter credits)
PSL8106
Epistemology of Practice Knowledge (4 quarter credits)
PSL8100*
Fundamentals of Social Science Research (4 quarter credits)
PSL8122*
Quantitative Research Methods in Public Service (4 quarter credits)
PSL8123*
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Public Service (4 quarter credits)
PSL8124*
Advanced Study in Research Methods in Public Service (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

HS7500
Quality Improvement and Organizational Performance in Health Care (4 quarter credits)
HS8114
Operations in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)
HS8115
Managing Human Capital in Health Care Environments (4 quarter credits)
HS8116
Financial Analysis in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)
HS8117
Strategic Management of Health Care Reimbursement Systems (4 quarter credits)
HS8118
Health Policies Analysis and Strategy (4 quarter credits)
HS8502
Health Care Strategic Planning and Management (4 quarter credits)
HS8504
Law and Health Care Administration (4 quarter credits)
HS8505
Ethics and Decision Making in Health Care (4 quarter credits)
HS8506
Leading Organizational Change in Health Care Systems (4 quarter credits)

Eight Elective Courses

32 course quarter credits. Choose any graduate course(s).

Total 120 quarter credits

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day colloquia (PSL-R8921, PSL-R8922, PSL-R8923).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 48 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Forensics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Management and Collaborative Governance
  • Public Safety Leadership
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5894, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.