Individual Health Administration and Public Health Courses

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Build competencies with immediate relevancy in rapidly changing health science fields by taking individual courses with Capella.

A direct path to your goals

Individual courses in nursing and health sciences can help you:

  • Expand your areas of expertise in nursing, health care administration, or public health.
  • Master current health care concepts and practical skills through rigorous online coursework.
  • Apply your learning immediately on the job.
  • Earn credits to apply to a Capella degree or certificate program.¹

¹A maximum of three courses taken as a Capella nondegree student can be applied to a Capella degree program.

Health administration courses²

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Health Care Finance and Reimbursement

Learners in this course gain knowledge of and apply financial management concepts, principles, and processes used in health care organizations. Learners examine accounting, financial statements and ratios, budgeting, capitalization, cost allocation, reimbursement methodologies and processes, and the impact of varying reimbursement structures on health care practice and service delivery. Learners also design, prepare, and manage health care budgets; analyze short- and long-term health care investment decisions; and articulate the ways effective health care finance and accounting processes are used to present operational and strategic financial information to organizational stakeholders.

4 quarter credits
Strategic Health Care Planning

In this course, learners examine strategic orientation, planning, and decision making in health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, demographical, and multicultural implications of strategic planning decisions and how those decisions impact communities and populations, define best practices for health care organization staff development, and balance the prioritization of organizational and regulatory needs with feasible cost-effective solutions. Learners also develop a long-term strategic health care plan that includes information on human resource requirements, technology needs, and financial implications

4 quarter credits
MHA5028 *
Comparative Models of Global Health Systems

In this course, learners identify, analyze, and compare world health care systems and the challenges associated with them. Learners also demonstrate knowledge of the costs and benefits of implementing and measuring quality improvement programs intended to address community and global health system needs. Prerequisite(s): MHA5006, MHA5010, completion of or concurrent registration in MHA5012, NHS6004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits
Health Care Delivery: New Environments in Health Informatics

Learners in this course investigate the changing technological environment facing today’s hospital leaders. Throughout the course, learners explore the many health information systems and applications now used by health care organizations, as well as examine the myriad rules, regulations, and government influences paramount to health informatics.

4 quarter credits

²See the Capella University Catalog for the full course description for your course.

Make the most of your credits

If you plan to take more than three courses, consider pursuing a nursing graduate certificate or a graduate certificate in public health.

Some certificates can be obtained with just four or five courses. Or keep the momentum going by pursuing your public health degree in a bachelor'smaster's, or doctoral program or health administration degree in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program.

Your graduate certificate can stand alone to demonstrate your specialized knowledge, but because each certificate program is comprised of master’s- doctoral-, or bachelor’s-level courses, you can apply the credits you earn to a degree program in the same area.3

³A maximum of three courses taken as a Capella nondegree student can be applied to a subsequent Capella degree program.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to verify with education institution(s) that these course(s) will fulfill transfer credit or admissions requirements into an advanced practice nursing program.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work.

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