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Health Care Leadership Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Unlock your potential as a health care leader

Be part of health care’s evolution. By mastering the skills that leaders in this field must have, you can support improved patient care and positive outcomes.

Discover how earning a Master of Health Administration, Health Care Leadership can help you prepare to lead a health care organization and take on director-level and leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings.

We’ve reinvented graduate education, offering online degrees like this master’s program that can help you achieve your goals without missing a beat in your personal and professional life.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start January 13th

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.*

MHA in Healthcare Leadership Online | Capella University

*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.

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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Learner success lab

Learn how to use your academic resources like the writing center, teaching assistants, and more to your fullest advantage.

1:1 professional coaching

Use evidence-based best practices in change leadership while working one-on-one with a coach to develop your own leadership style.

Professionally relevant

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.

Ben Spedding, DHA, MA

Health Administration Faculty Chair

Terry Karjalainen, PhD, MPA

MHA Core Faculty

Elizabeth (Betty) A. Nelson, PhD, RN

Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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

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

Discover how the collaborative, practice-based learning in your MHA, Health Care Leadership program can help you apply change leadership, coaching, team collaboration, and professional development in your career.

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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
MHA5012 *
Organizational Leadership and Governance

Learners in this course examine and articulate the fundamental concepts and principles of health care organization management and leadership, including governance, cost-effective decision making, and managing and leading stakeholders and staff. Learners identify best practices for mobilizing, managing, and improving employee, organization, stakeholder, and community commitment and for creating employee-centered organizations that foster professional and organizational accountability. Learners also analyze an organizational leadership structure and governance plan and examine how to apply team leadership skills to initiate change. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MHA5010.

4 quarter credits
MHA5017
Data Analysis for Health Care Decisions

Learners in this course gain and apply an understanding of how data drives decision making at every level of health care administration, including in value-based reimbursement as well as operations and outcomes. Learners identify ways to use data analysis tools and techniques in the pursuit of value, quality, and safety. Throughout the course, learners use readings, media presentations, and real-world examples to analyze a particular foundational statistical concept and related practical application.

4 quarter credits
MHA5040 *
Health Administration Change Leadership

Learners in this course examine evidence-based approaches to change leadership, process management, and organizational design in complex, dynamic health care environments. Learners apply analytical and innovative thinking to complex problems related to guiding change by using knowledge of theory and past trends to develop effective solutions. Learners reflect on their own ability to manage change and identify stretch goals for their future development in change leadership. Prerequisite(s): MHA5010.

4 quarter credits
MHA5042 *
Team Development and Personal Leadership in Health Care Settings

In this course, learners receive personalized coaching and apply coaching techniques in a real-world setting. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of talent development, team leadership, professionalism, and interpersonal understanding. Learners also evaluate their own leadership skills through introspective investigation, reflection, and coaching, and then use these skills to construct their own personal leadership plan. Prerequisite(s): MHA5010.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Apply evidence-based change management in a range of health care environments.
  • Inspiring excellence in high-performance teams and lead talent development.
  • Enhance your leadership style as you develop your personal leadership skills.
  • Encourage optimal performance in health care organizations.
  • Improve systems-level outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.
  • Use data to drive decision-making to make lasting improvements in organizational performance.

Health Care Leadership career insights

How to Stay on Top of Current Trends in Health Care

Staying educated and informed about new industry trends should be top priority for health care professionals.

The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

Learn what interprofessional education is and why it's important in the health care field. 

3 Strategies to Boost Health Care Employee Satisfaction

Improving employee satisfaction and motivation can help health care organizations meet the Triple Aim goals.

MHA in Health Care Leadership 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 Leadership degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Program director
  • Health director
  • Administrative director
  • Chief operations officer
  • Business analyst

Employment settings to explore

  • Hospital
  • Ambulatory care facility
  • Health care association
  • Nursing home
  • Wellness and health promotion organization
  • Health insurance company
  • Hospice
  • Accountable care organization (ACO)
  • Mental health organization
  • Public health department
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Behavioral health/social service provider organization

*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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