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General Health Administration Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Find your path with an online MHA

Capella University is reshaping the way you learn. Our online Master of Health Administration (MHA) offers an innovative, flexible way to earn a master’s that can help you advance toward your professional and personal goals in this field.

This program features interprofessional, practice-based learning that covers a broad range of topics in health administration. You’ll develop skills that can help you solve today’s complex health care challenges, and gain the insight and expertise required of health administration professionals today.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8 core courses
  • 4 specialization courses
  • 48 total quarter credits
  • 12 maximum transfer credits

Classes Start September 9th

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 SUMMER)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MHA in 12 months and under $10,000.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

MHA program highlights

Flexible learning

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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Professional alignment

Our curriculum offers credible, relevant learning that’s designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™ (NCHL).

Exclusive learner success lab

Our learner success lab helps you expand your real-world skills in health administration and learn to use your time and resources effectively.

90% of alumni are satisfied with their Capella experience.





Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey 2017-2018

Interprofessional education

Share your learning and insights with nursing and public health students completing related degree programs as part of Capella’s interprofessional course structure.

Meet your MHA faculty

Our distinguished MHA faculty are industry leaders, bringing real-world relevance into the courseroom to enrich your education, and career.

Christy Davidson, DNP

Interim Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Bridget Roberts, DNP

Interim Associate Dean

Ben Spedding, DHA, MA

Health Administration Faculty Chair

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide 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 team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

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

Cost & learning formats

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
$19,260$25,680* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$535 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$9,600$14,400* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,400 per 12-week billing session, 24 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

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

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

Ways to save

Affording your education shouldn’t be an obstacle to reaching your goals. We can help you find ways you can save

Reduce your tuition with $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the $3K scholarship, and meet eligibility requirements.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Employer & association discounts

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

MHA sample courses

Our online MHA, Health Administration helps you gain expertise in this field with courses that introduce the essentials of health administration.

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MHA5010
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
NHS6004
Health Care Law and Policy

In this course, learners examine the political, legal, and regulatory issues impacting health care organizations and environments. Learners analyze the effects of health care policy on health care practice and service delivery, with particular emphasis on the strategies used to monitor and maintain legal and regulatory compliance. Learners also identify and apply health care policy and law concepts that promote organizational improvement.

4 quarter credits
MHA5024 *
Health Care Consumerism and Marketing

Learners in this course examine and demonstrate their knowledge of consumerism and marketing concepts and processes used to optimize interactions with stakeholders and meet community needs. Learners differentiate between consumer and business markets; analyze the influence of social networking in consumer satisfaction and market share acquisition; synthesize health care market research, analysis, and assessment; study marketing communication processes; and design a marketing plan targeting identified health consumer needs. Prerequisite(s): MHA5006, MHA5010, NHS6004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits
MHA5006
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
MHA5016 *
Introduction to Health Information Systems

Learners in this course develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use health information systems and technology in health care organizations and environments. Learners differentiate between administrative, clinical, management, and decision-support information technology tools; design and evaluate short-and long-term IT management projects; and analyze the budgetary and financial concerns associated with implementing IT management projects. Learners also demonstrate best practices and industry standards of health information systems management into professional practice, with an emphasis on effective staff management and organizational performance. Prerequisite(s): NHS5004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world skills as a supervisor, manager, or director in various health care settings.

  • Learn to facilitate organizational transformation and change processes in the continuously evolving field of health care.
  • Implement planning and health care administration strategies for optimal performance of health care organizations.
  • Support strategic vision and ethical leadership decision-making in health care administration.

  • Develop, nurture, and inspire others to build the health care administration teams your organization needs.
  • Incorporate critical thinking for effective communication in multidisciplinary and cross-professional collaboration.
  • Analyze data for actions based on established benchmarks as well as organizational goals and performance.

Health Administration career insights

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MHA Health Administration professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to consider with an MHA, General Health Administration.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Department or division director
  • Health care consultant
  • Health care financial manager
  • Health services manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Medical records manager
  • Director of health care quality
  • Director of consumer engagement/experience

Related employment settings to explore

  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Community care facility for the elderly
  • Dental office
  • Federal government health care facility
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health clinic
  • Home health care service
  • Hospital
  • Insurance company
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratory
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Offices of other health care practitioner

*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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