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Health Care Operations Specialization Master of Health Administration

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Lead the Way in Health Care Operations

Navigate the rapidly changing health care environment and help align an organization with patient needs. Capella’s online MHA in Health Care Operations degree can help prepare you to thrive in director-level and leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings. You’ll learn effective health care operations and process optimization to improve patient care and promote cost savings. 

At a Glance

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

Classes Start April 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)

What You’ll Learn

Lead the Way in Effective Change

Facilitate organizational transformation and change processes in your health care organization.

Integrate Your Vision & Ethics

Apply your vision and ethical principles to decision-making in your health care leadership role. 

Find Data-Driven Solutions

Use effective analytic and evidence-based practice skills in health care operations.

Plan & Act Strategically

Support health care operations and strategic planning for optimal organizational performance. 

Collaborate Cross-Functionally

Improve systems-level outcomes through interprofessional collaboration.

Support a Positive Work Environment

Promote an effective, employee-centered organizational culture that’s consistent with your professional standards. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Earn a Cert While You Learn

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

Professionally Relevant Education

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

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.

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
$526 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.

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 $5K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $5K.

Interprofessional Education

Share courses with other health care professionals to learn about, from, and with others in the industry. 

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

Sample Courses

The curriculum for our online MHA in Health Care Operations focuses on concepts like effective health care operations, including human capital management, health care consumerism, and facilities and capital asset management.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MHA5012 Organizational Leadership and Governance
MHA5019 Project Management and Team Leadership
MHA5016 Introduction to Health Information Systems
MHA5022 Human Capital Management in Health Care
MHA5026 Facilities and Capital Asset Management

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


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.

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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 Operations degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Hospital administrator
  • Clinic manager
  • Health care consultant
  • Health services manager
  • Department or division director
  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Clinic manager
  • Department or division manager/supervisor
  • Facility manager
  • 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
  • Home health care service
  • Insurance company
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratory
  • Nursing or residential care facility

*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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Ready for the Next Step?

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