Health Care Security MS in Information Assurance & Cybersecurity

Master of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Be on the front lines of health care cybersecurity

Join the cybersecurity infrastructure protecting the health care industry from data breaches and attacks. Capella’s online master’s in information assurance and cybersecurity, health care security degree can prepare you to protect personal data vital to the well-being of patients, institutions, and our society. You’ll learn the foundational information to prepare for exams like the Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP®), Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS®), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®).

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 6 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start October 12th

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.

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice.

What you’ll learn

Build your foundational knowledge

Explain foundational information assurance and cybersecurity concepts.

Speak confidently with stakeholders

Interact professionally with internal and third-party stakeholders.

Know legal & regulatory issues

Analyze ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to health care security and privacy.

Grow in health care cybersecurity

Apply program management and administrative skills to health care cybersecurity and privacy.

Keep patient info safe

Apply information technology along with physical and technical safeguards in the health care environment.

Establish critical processes

Apply investigation, compliance, and enforcement processes within the health care security and privacy environment.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Get exam-ready

Learn the foundational information to prepare for exams like the HCISPP®, CHPS®, and other leading security certs like the CISSP®.

Engaging coursework

Get hands-on experience with industry tools through virtual labs, interactive simulations, and innovative resources.

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.

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. 

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
$695 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*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. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

$5K toward your master's

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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

Our online master’s in information assurance and cybersecurity, health care security curriculum addresses HIPAA privacy regulations, security requirements, and security risks, along with safeguard creation and enforcement processes.

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IAS5110 *
Digital Forensics Processes

Learners in this course apply forensics tools and techniques to investigate incidents, analyze devices, and conduct forensics reporting. Prerequisite(s): IAS5030.

4 quarter credits
Secure Network Design and Engineering

Learners investigate abstract data types and how to address them in solving cyber security problems related to network design and engineering. Learners also analyze security requirements while designing network operational systems in order to gain approvals in recognition and compliance with organizational governance and processes. Finally, learners articulate how virtualization and network architecture is implemented, deployed, and used, and describe the implications that interfaces between major components of virtualized systems have for security.

4 quarter credits
Health Care Environment

In this course, learners identify health care organizations and their data management practices, develop an understanding of key health care terminology and acronyms, and identify the sources, types, and classification methods of health care data. Learners also analyze privacy rights and state and federal regulations, to formulate how to protect privacy rights while still meeting the demands for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of health care. Finally, learners examine the codes of conduct required of IT professionals working in health care.

4 quarter credits
IAS5320 *
Patient Privacy Rights and Health Care Regulatory Requirements

Learners in this course evaluate the differences between health care privacy and health care information security and develop their understanding of the health care regulatory environment. Learners identify and demonstrate the use of tools and controls used to prevent data breaches, and evaluate the processes for creating forensic evidence of a breach. To help end users comply with data security, learners also develop policies, procedures, and user training, which consists of documentation, communication, and notifications and risk assessment strategies. Prerequisite(s): IAS5310.

4 quarter credits
IAS5330 *
Third Party Risk Management in Health Care

Learners in this course identify and examine the risks caused by third parties, and the policies and documents required to ensure that they are in compliance with security requirements. Learners evaluate the difference between a third party and a business associate, as well as gain an understanding of the laws, regulations, contracts, and agreements that apply to each. Learners also demonstrate the use of tools and methodologies for auditing and monitoring interactions with third parties and business associates to ensure security compliance. Prerequisite(s): IAS5310.

4 quarter credits

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

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

Relevant blog posts

Information Security Career Central

A Capella-powered blog dedicated to information security trends, news, career information, and more.

7 Must-Read Blogs for Information Security Professionals

Keep on top of the latest infosec news with these seven blogs.

Keeping Our Protected Health Information Safe

Learn about the challenges of health care security and how to build a career protecting health care data.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Health Care Security degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Security architect
  • Cyber security engineer
  • Cyber security manager
  • IT security architect
  • Information security analyst
  • Health care solutions architect
  • Chief information security and privacy officer

Employment settings to explore

  • Military
  • Community college
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Corporation
  • Consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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