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Health care providers need administrative experts who use their skills to drive better outcomes in a diverse, dynamic industry. You can play a vital role with the Capella online MHA, Health Care Operations specialization. This program is designed to help you grow as a leader by mastering advanced skills in management, care coordination, business management, and other key aspects in the field.
This program can help you develop the skills to support the transformation of the health care industry, from bedside to business strategy, for better patient and organizational outcomes.
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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|
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|
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|
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|
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This specialization synthesizes the fundamental concepts, principles, and processes in the field of general health administration and process improvement. The curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership and management, and is designed to prepare learners to lead operational solutions in all aspects of health care. This includes human capital management, health care consumerism and marketing in health care, and facilities and capital asset management. Discover leadership opportunities in a variety of professional settings, including director-level roles that require you to supervise multiple health care-related departments.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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Program eligible for Workplace Integrated Learning
Use your experience: bring your real-world projects into the courseroom to complete assignments and apply what you’ve learned in your field.
The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$550 per credit, $125 resource kit fee, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and completed courses at the speed of a median FlexPath student, as quickly as the fastest 25% of FlexPath students, or as quickly as the fastest 75% of students. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance is not available for FlexPath.
Capella is committed to transparency in its tuition and pricing. In addition to tuition, you will be responsible for additional costs, which may include an application fee, travel expenses, and practicum costs. A resource kit fee of $50-$200, charged quarterly or per billing session, covers the cost of required books, software, and other course materials. Click here to review program-specific fee amounts in our University Catalog.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2021–2022
Applicants to the MHA, Health Care Operations program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
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Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MHA in Health Care Operations.
*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.