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Gain the Skills Most Valued in Health Care

Capella's health care degree programs are closely aligned to professional standards such as IHI's TripleAim Initiative and NCHL's Healthcare Leadership Competencies. We ensure you gain the same skills and knowledge as the top performers in your field, such as improving patient care experience and health, reducing health care costs, and evidence-based leadership.


More than 80% of current Capella students say their education has had a direct impact on their career.CULES, 2010

We Are Professionally-Aligned

Focused on both immediate on-the-job impact and long-term success, Capella partners with employers and key professional organizations to design health care programs that align with the latest industry standards. Courses are also designed around real-world application to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you need to increase the quality of care, boost population health, and reduce overall cost of health care. Hundreds of health care employers—including hospitals, clinics, and care centers—partner with and trust Capella to develop the most relevant curriculum year after year.


Meet the growing need for health informatics professionals — and prepare to help your organization improve the quality of care while reducing overall costs — with Capella’s new MHA and Certificate options in Health Care Informatics.

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Capella is proud to be aligned with the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Capella's health administration programs are designed around NCHL outcome-based competencies.

Vila Health and Riverbend City: Capella's Exclusive Virtual Labs

On-the-Job Impact

Our online health care administration and public health degrees are designed to deliver skills you can apply directly to your career right now. To meet the demands of an evolving health care system and the changing needs of patients, Capella has designed virtual labs with Vila Health™ and Riverbend City™ to practice solving real health care challenges. Through these simulations, you will quickly gain the interprofessional leadership skills and competencies that can make an impact in your career.

Compare Our Tuition

Capella's MHA program is 12% less than the average tuition of five competitive online MHA programs, saving you over $3,000.

1 $22,272 is the total MHA cost assuming 48 credits at $464 per credit.

2 $25,312 is the average MHA tuition of 5 competitive online MHA programs, calculated from the university's 2012-2013 total program cost listing.

Meet Our Distinguished Faculty

Our graduate health care faculty all have doctoral degrees, and many members have served as leaders of regional, national and international organizations including major hospitals, care providers, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and Veterans Administration.

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Dr. Janet Balke has high expectations for us all and makes us challenge ourselves. Moreover, she has a passion for educating others and encourages us to learn.

Kimberly Appling Master's in Health Administration

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Between 2010 and 2020 there will be 5.6 million job openings in health care occupations.

Georgetown University-Center on Education and the Workforce. Study Title: Healthcare, June 2012. (pg 12)

7 Ways to Save

  • 1

    Start Now, Save up to $5,000

    New students who start an eligible health care program between January and April 2015 and pass their first course and meet all other eligibility requirements are eligible to receive a scholarship $1,500 for health administration certificate programs, $4,000 for MHA programs, or $5,000 for DHA programs.

  • 2

    Transfer Credits

    Reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.

  • 3

    10% Military Discount

    Capella is proud to provide military benefits, including a 10% tuition discount on graduate programs.

  • 4

    Employer Tuition Reimbursement

    Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to their employees — even those without a formal program. Check with your HR department or manager to see if you are eligible.

  • 5

    Employer & Association Discounts

    Tuition discounts from Capella-affiliated employers and colleges can make your degree more affordable, saving you thousands.

  • 6

    Free e-Books

    Students in certain programs have access to free online textbooks.

  • 7

    Accelerated PhD Courseload

    For doctoral programs based on cost per quarter, rather than the number of credits, you can maximize your courseload and complete your degree faster — saving money on tuition.

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Learn Online Anywhere, Anytime

At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your degree on a schedule that fits your life. In our online course rooms, students and faculty participate in discussions at different times throughout the week. You will not attend class at a specific date and time, but you can expect to complete weekly assignments, reading, and participation requirements.

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