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The health care industry is under constant threat from accidental and intentional data breaches and malicious attacks. Cybersecurity professionals who can protect personal health care data are vital to the well-being of patients, health care institutions—and our society in general. With Capella’s online Master of Science in Information Assurance and Security, Health Care Security specialization, you can become part of the security infrastructure that serves this important and growing need.

The curriculum is designed around industry standards and provides students with the foundational information that contributes to the knowledge required to sit for the HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®) and Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®) exams. The core curriculum in this program includes a common body of knowledge represented in several leading security certifications, including CISSP®.

Guided by faculty with practical and academic experience in health care cybersecurity, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to health care security, privacy, and compliance
  • Implement physical and technical information safeguards in the health care environment
  • Develop and apply investigative, compliance, and enforcement processes
  • Develop best practices for information management of vital health care data

Hands-On Learning

This specialization offers practical, hands-on experience working with industry-specific tools, helping you develop the cybersecurity expertise health care employers need.

Designated by NSA and DHS

Capella University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014–2021.

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Earn Credit for What You Already Know

Your previous learning, work experience, and industry certifications may help you earn your degree in less time. To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor or visit our Prior Learning Assessment page.

Degree Outcomes

With your master’s degree in IAS, Health Care Security, you’ll be ready to apply expertise in health care data protection and take the lead in investigating incidents involving health care industry assets and personal data. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

People with Master's degrees in IT from Capella earn an average of $38,000 more per year than people who only hold a Bachelor's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online master’s in IAS, Health Care Security, include compliance officer, information security manager, risk analyst, or information technology manager in a health care environment, or health information manager.

To learn more, call 866.613.3681, 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.