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Health Administration Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Earn a relevant credential in health administration

Starting or advancing your career in the ever-changing field of health care isn’t always easy—but Capella’s online health administration certificate can help you stand out. This certificate is designed to expand your knowledge of business operation aspects of the health care industry. You’ll gain the foundational knowledge to drive change in the health care landscape. Get ready to dive deeper into topics like health care economics, strategic health care planning, organizational leadership and governance, and more. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses 

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Lead through change

Learn to facilitate organizational transformation and change processes in the continuously evolving field of health care. 

Plan & act strategically

Implement evidence-based strategies for optimal performance of health care organizations. 

Be an ethical leader

Support strategic vision and ethical leadership decision-making in health care administration. 

Build & lead strong teams

Develop, nurture, and inspire others to build the interprofessional teams your organization needs. 

Collaborate cross-functionally

Improve systems-level outcomes though interprofessional collaboration.

Make data-driven decisions

Analyze data for decision-making to achieve organizational goals and meet external benchmarks.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Immersive Learning Experiences

In our exclusive virtual health care simulation tool Vila Health™ you’ll practice real-world skills in a safe learning environment.

Apply Credits to an MHA Program

Credits for this certificate can be applied to a Master of Health Administration degree at Capella. 

Cost & learning format

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$8,560 estimated tuition*
$535 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

$1K toward your certificate

Apply for the $1K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your certificate.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

The health administration certificate curriculum focuses on the administrative, economic, and political aspects of health care administration, including planning, leadership, and regulatory compliance.

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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 costeffective 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
MHA5012 *
Organizational Leadership and Governance

Learners in this course examine and articulate the fundamental concepts and principles of health care organization management and leadership, including governance, cost-effective decision making, and managing and leading stakeholders and staff. Learners identify best practices for mobilizing, managing, and improving employee, organization, stakeholder, and community commitment and for creating employee-centered organizations that foster professional and organizational accountability. Learners also analyze an organizational leadership structure and governance plan and examine how to apply team leadership skills to initiate change. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MHA5010.

4 quarter credits
MHA5014 *
Health Care Quality, Risk, and Regulatory Compliance

Learners in this course focus on demonstrating knowledge of concepts, principles, processes, and issues associated with health care quality, risk, and regulatory compliance. Learners examine performance measures associated with quality of care, patient safety, risk management, regulatory standards and compliance, and patient and stakeholder satisfaction and conduct a cost benefit analysis based on these factors. Learners also evaluate the impact of regulatory demands on health care organizations and environments and integrate health care market analysis and scorecard results into formal and informal designs for process improvement and organizational fitness. Prerequisite(s): MHA5010, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits
Economics and Decision Making in Health Care

This course helps learners develop and demonstrate concepts, principles, issues, and trends in health care economics and the economic decision-making practices employed in the health care environment. Learners analyze the political, legal, regulatory, organizational, demographical, and multicultural implications of business decisions on health care economics; explore the ways economic and stakeholder influences affect operational planning and decision making; and practice applying performance monitoring and process management measures as part of the decision-making process. Learners also examine cost-effective problem solving; community- and population-based orientation; and effective use of health care market research, analysis, and assessment.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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