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Health Care Informatics Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Improve health care quality with informatics

You can make a difference in health care—and improve patients’ lives—with enhanced skills in health care data and informatics. Build your expertise to face real-world health care challenges with the Capella online MHA, Health Care Informatics specialization. This program is designed to help you develop the skills to pursue director-level and leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.

Best of all, you can choose a learning format that fits your busy life and career, so that you can get the most out of your program without having to choose between living, and learning.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 7 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 1 Capstone
  • 48 Total quarter credits
  • 12 Max transfer credits

Classes Start December 2nd

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 Fall19)

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 may apply.

Master of Health Administration 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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Potential to save time & money

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

Industry alignment

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

Professionally relevance

Our curriculum is credible and relevant, designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™ (NCHL).

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.

Immersive learning experience

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

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

Terry Karjalainen, PhD, MPA

MHA Core Faculty

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.

Advisors

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

Financial aid counselors

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

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

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

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever 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

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Prior learning assessment

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

10% military discount

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

MHA sample courses

Develop insights into processes and best practices in health informatics with our MHA in Health Care Informatics, including topics such as electronic medical records, workflow, meaningful use, change management, and more.

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MHA5062
Health Care Delivery: New Environments in Health Informatics

Learners in this course investigate the changing technological environment facing today’s hospital leaders. Throughout the course, learners explore the many health information systems and applications now used by health care organizations, as well as examine the myriad rules, regulations, and government influences paramount to health informatics.

4 quarter credits
MHA5064 *
Health Care Information Systems Analysis and Design for Administrators

In this course, learners examine the many aspects of health care information systems, including project management, data, and database concepts as components of systems analysis and design. Learners evaluate, analyze, and classify various systems in order to gain a better understanding of their inner workings. Learners also research and apply current trends in health care informatics. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits
MHA5068 *
Leadership, Management, and Meaningful Use of Health Care Technology

In this course, learners analyze leadership and management principles used in health informatics. Learners examine the alignment of information technology with clinical operations, as well as the meaningful use of health care technology in effective organizational communications. In addition, learners identify and articulate ethical and legal policies and procedures for end users. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits
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
MHA5066 *
Cornerstones of Health Informatics for Organizational Operations

In this course, learners examine cornerstones of health informatics, including security, confidentiality, and the maximization of organizational operational efficiency, for health care administrators. Learners investigate topics such as workflow, implementation, go-live support, and information management. Prerequisite(s): MHA5062.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Understand essential informatics concepts, including how informatics is applied in health care.
  • Learn how to informatics drives positive outcomes in health care.
  • Lead and manage the health care informatics lifecycle within your organization.
  • Optimize collaborations across departments to maximize health information technology impact.
  • Mange efficiencies to help improve patient safety and health outcomes.
  • Align systems with legal and regulatory environments, standards, guidelines, and best practices.

Health Care Informatics career insights

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.  

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

What is interprofessional education, and why is it especially important in the health care field?

MHA in Health Care Informatics 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 a Master of Health Administration, Health Care Informatics degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief clinical informatics officer
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Project manager
  • Clinical manager
  • Program director
  • Business analyst
  • Data analyst

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Ambulatory care service
  • Insurance agency

*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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