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Health Care Informatics Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Improve Health Care Quality With Informatics

Lead health care into the future and help your organization improve their overall quality of care and reduce their costs. Capella's online MHA, Health Care Informatics degree builds skills to address the most relevant, real-world health care challenges to help you gain the skills to pursue director-level and leadership positions in a variety of health care settings. You’ll learn all aspects of informatics including electronic medical records, workflow, meaningful use, and more—getting you ready to provide and implement immediate and impactful health informatics solutions for your health care organization.  

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Capstone

Classes Start January 8th

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Integrate Informatics & Health Care

Understand essential informatics concepts and learn how to use the to drive systems outcomes in health care.

Manage the Informatics Lifecycle

Lead and manage the health care informatics lifecycle within your organization.

Improve Organization Collaboration

Optimize workflow among departments to maximize the impact of health information technology.

Manage Technology Efficiencies

Integrate information technology to help improve patients safety and system efficiency.

Align With Best Practices

Coordinate health care information systems to align with legal and regulatory environments, standards, guidelines, and best practices.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Potentially Save Time & Money

Earn up to 12 credits for your Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) certification.*

Professionally Relevant Program

Our curriculum is aligned to Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) standards.

Immersive Learning Experiences

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

Designed Around National Standards

Our collaborative, practice-based learning is designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™.

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
$526 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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

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

Faculty Interview

"There are a whole host of … opportunities as health care becomes more consumer-focused. It's a great time to pursue a career in health care."

Ben Spedding, PhD

Health Care Administration Faculty Chair 

Interprofessional Education

Share courses with other health care professionals to learn about, from, and with others in the industry. 

Accredited & Respected

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 MHA in Health Care Informatics curriculum focuses on best practices in health informatics and gives you the chance to immerse yourself into informatics areas like electronic medical records, workflow, meaningful use, change management, and more. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MHA6062 Health Care Delivery: New Environments in Health Informatics
MHA5064 Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design for Administrators
MHA5068 Leadership, Management, and Meaningful Use of Health Care Technology
MHA5010 Strategic Health Care Planning
MHA5066 Cornerstones of Health Informatics for Organizational Operations

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.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Difference Between Health Care and Nursing Informatics

A quick guide to how health care and nursing informatics are related and how they're different.  

The Spectrum of Informatics in Health Care

A look at the differences in nursing, health care, and IT informatics roles.  

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MHA in Health Care Informatics degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Informatics consultant
  • Health informatics analyst
  • Director of medical information
  • Compliance officer/director
  • Clinical data analyst
  • Principal analytics advisor
  • Health information system application designer
  • Clinical/healthcare informatics specialist
  • Health data/information resource manager
  • Informatics manager
  • Director of health care quality
  • Director of consumer engagement/experience

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Home health care service
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health care organization
  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Health system
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Health clinic
  • Community or technical college
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Private practice
  • Outpatient care center

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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