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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.  

At a Glance

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

Classes Start May 6th

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 SPRING)

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. 

MHA, Health Care Leadership 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 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.

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
$18,936$25,248* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$526 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*
$9,200$18,400* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,300 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.

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

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

Reduce Your Tuition with $3K

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

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 & 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

Master of Health Administration 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.

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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
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
MHA5019 *
Project Management and Team Leadership

Learners in this course gain the project management and team leadership skills, including communication, collaboration, and interpersonal understanding, necessary for managing a major health care-related project initiative. Learners evaluate a project scenario and address issues associated with project planning and performance. In addition, learners develop an understanding of resource allocation, risk management, project reporting, financing, and return-oninvestment (ROI). Prerequisite(s): MHA5006, MHA5012, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits

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 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

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

Faculty

Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Health Care Leadership Career Insights

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The Value of Interprofessional Education in Health Care

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

Health Care Leadership Professional Paths

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 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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