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Health Care Security Specialization Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

School of Business and Technology


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 Cybersecurity, 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

Accredited. Respected.

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.

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment

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

Degree Outcomes

With your master’s degree in IAC, 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.  

Career Outcomes

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

Detailed Program Information

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Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one size fits all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$682 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

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

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 

10% Military Discount

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.

Career Center

For this team, it’s more than résumés and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Ready for the Next Step?

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