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Health Care Leadership Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Lead Health Care to a Better Future

Take your career to the next level and transform health care organizations by driving innovation and influencing change. Capella's online MHA, Health Care Leadership degree can help you develop the skills and knowledge to lead health care organizations through an era of reform, scrutiny, and heightened expectations. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain can help prepare you to pursue director-level and leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings.  

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

Implement Change Leadership

Apply evidence-based, change management in complex, dynamic health care environments.

Organize the Right Team

Develop high-performing teams by inspiring excellence and leading talent development in health care organizations.

Hone Your Leadership Skills

Develop and enhance the way you lead through introspection and reflection on personal leadership skills. 

Plan & Act Strategically

Implement planning and health care administration strategies for optimal performance of health care organizations.

Collaborate Cross-Functionally

Improve systems-level outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.

Make Data-Driven Decisions

Analyze data for actions based on established benchmarks as well as organizational goals and performance. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

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 Education

 The curriculum for this program is designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™.

Interprofessional Education

Learn with, and from, other health care professionals to gain perspective and problem-solving skills to achieve common goals.

Dive Deep With Our Immersive Learning Experiences

Our exclusive virtual health care simulation tool Vila Health™ lets you practice real-world decision-making skills in a safe learning environment.

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
$19,986$26,548*   MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$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. 

Exclusive Learner Success Lab

Support to help you manage your time and resources so you can stay on top of your studies and reach your goals.

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, Health Care Leadership curriculum features collaborative, practice-based learning while covering topics like change leadership, coaching, team collaboration, and professional development.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MHA5040 Health Administration Change Leadership
MHA5042 Team Development and Personal Leadership in Health Care Settings
MHA5010 Strategic Health Care Planning
MHA5012 Organizational Leadership and Governance
MHA5019 Project Management and Team Leadership

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.

Advisors

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

Faculty

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

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Department or division director
  • Department or division manager/supervisor
  • Facility manager
  • Health care consultant
  • Health services manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Medical records manager
  • Operations manager
  • Program manager

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Hospital
  • Health clinic
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health system ambulatory health care service
  • Community care facility for the elderly
  • Dental office
  • Federal government health care facility
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health clinic
  • Health system
  • Home health care service
  • Insurance company

*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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