Health Care Operations MHA - Master of Health Administration

Master of Health Administration

Expand your leadership skills in health care operations

Health care organizations need professionals to lead in supporting treatment, payment, and other aspects of the business of health care. Their work supports ongoing improvements in patient care and outcomes.

Get ready to take on a leadership role in this field with the Capella online MHA in Health Care Operations. This program is designed to help you grow as a leader by mastering skills in management, care coordination, business management, and other aspects of administration.

At a Glance

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

Classes Start March 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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo WINTER).

Master of Health Administration program highlights

Learner success lab

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

Health administration certificate

Earn a health administration certificate for a respected credential on your way to your master’s degree.

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.

Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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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

Lisa Kreeger, PhD, RN

Interim 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 financial aid team knows how to run the numbers and help save on tuition.


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

Cost & learning format

A 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
$535 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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 leadership skills in human capital management, health care consumerism, and facilities and capital asset management with our online MHA in Health Care Operations.

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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
MHA5016 *
Introduction to Health Information Systems

Learners in this course develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively use health information systems and technology in health care organizations and environments. Learners differentiate between administrative, clinical, management, and decision-support information technology tools; design and evaluate short-and long-term IT management projects; and analyze the budgetary and financial concerns associated with implementing IT management projects. Learners also demonstrate best practices and industry standards of health information systems management into professional practice, with an emphasis on effective staff management and organizational performance. Prerequisite(s): NHS5004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits
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
MHA5022 *
Human Capital Management in Health Care

In this course, learners examine concepts, principles, and processes for human capital management in order to create employeecentered health care organizations. In particular, learners develop a human capital strategy for a health care organization that considers organizational need, budgets, and environmental forces. Specific course topics include employee recruitment, retention, influence, and accountability; staff development; and workforce optimization. Prerequisite(s): MHA5006, MHA5010, NHS6004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits
MHA5026 *
Facilities and Capital Asset Management

In this course, learners examine and apply concepts and processes used to optimize facilities and capital asset management in health care organizations. Learners analyze obsolescence and routine maintenance in facility operations; synthesize formal and informal decision-making structures and power relationships; plan, execute, and evaluate short- and long-term capital projects; and identify ways to incorporate research, communication, and collaboration into professional practice with an emphasis on targeting the capital needs, including financing of capital and capital budgeting for the health care organization. Prerequisite(s): MHA5006, MHA5010, NHS6004, NHS6008.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

  • Manage organizational transformation and change processes.
  • Integrate your vision and ethical principles as a health care decision-maker.
  • Employ effective analytic and evidence-based practices.
  • Encourage optimal organizational performance through strategic planning.
  • Improve systems-level outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.
  • Promote an effective, employee-centered organizational culture.

Health Care Operations 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 Operations 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 Operations degree.

Related job titles to explore*

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

Employment settings to explore

  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Dental office
  • Federal government health care facility
  • Nursing or residential care facility
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratory
  • Outpatient care center
  • Wellness and health promotion organization
  • Health plan
  • Health care consulting firm
  • Health system
  • Hospital
  • 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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