Masters Health Care Administration

Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Take charge in a fast-evolving healthcare field

Healthcare Administration is a rapidly growing profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are expected to grow 23 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations1. Healthcare administrators must be ready to handle ongoing developments in the field. The online Master's in Healthcare Administration offers the knowledge and skills needed to ascend to and succeed in a variety of upper-level positions.

Health Care Administration ProfessionalThe progressive curriculum of the online Master of Science in Health Care Administration is focused on accelerating students' learning through applied study of actual cases, relevant projects, lively discussion, and interactive learning forums. Students study the use of new technologies to manage and improve operations, ethics and legal issues in the field, and a range of issues related to gerontology, including long-term care policies and cultural attitudes toward the elderly.

Customize Your Specialization to Suit Your Goals

Students in the online MS in Health Care Administration program may select one of these five focused specialization areas covering the specific administrative needs of various types of health care organizations or may select any four 3-credit courses as desired from the Leadership or Management Application electives.

The program offers five specializations covering the specific administrative needs of various types of health care organizations.

Acute Care

Students explore financial management, the development and implementation of IT systems, and leadership practices for administrators of hospitals and other acute care facilities.

Service Organizations

Coursework covers tools, concepts, and methods of organizational development and organizational leadership for students interested in working for government, corporate, insurance, or research companies and agencies in the health care field.

Long Term Care

This emphasis focuses on effective management practices related to planning, staffing, quality improvement, and other administrative areas, as well as tools and principles of financial management. (Please note that in some states such as New York, the curriculum of Utica College's online MS in Health Care Administration meets the course requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure. Potential applicants should check with their states' licensing agency or contact an Admissions Representative at (315) 732-2640 or toll-free at (866) 295-3106 to verify the necessary coursework. Faculty advisers are available to work with students to offer guidance and help them meet the academic requirements of this field.)

Health Care Advocacy and Navigation

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to help patients (and their families and caregivers) understand their patient rights, insurance coverage, diagnosis and treatment options, including the option to seek a second or third opinion or to forego treatment entirely.

Community Health and Wellness

Provides the foundational knowledge to guide people towards living a healthy lifestyle and thereby reduce the instances of costly diseases, unnecessary emergency room visits and expensive medical procedures. The specialization will teach strategies to help improve the health of individuals and communities.

Community Health and Wellness professionals will engage community residents, gather and analyze data to understand the health-related issues that affect a community. They address any barriers to care and provide referrals for basic needs such as food, shelter, education, mental and behavioral health services.

Curriculum Overview

Each core course of the master's degree program in Health Care Administration has been designed with three dimensions in mind to help students merge foundational theories with best practices in health care.

  • ::  Management: theories of management practices in the service industry
  • ::  Leadership: exploration and analysis of best practices in leading organizational development and change in health care
  • ::  Continuum of care: best-practice models for customer-focused care and service

View the online MS in Health Care Administration Curriculum

Other Features of the MS in Health Care Administration:

  • ::  A 100 percent online format that allows working professionals to balance personal, professional and academic commitments.
  • ::  A final project based on a real-world issue or a challenge in students' current work environments that emphasizes the practical application of learning concepts.

Tools, Tips and Other Resources
Here are a few interesting tools, valuable tips and other resources in articles, industry links, and press releases to increase your healthcare industry knowledge and assist you as you pursue your education goals.

Download the Health Care Administration Course Map in PDF format.

Enhance Your Credentials with a Specialized Certificate

Build upon your advanced understanding of the health care system and ensure that patients receive the best care possible with a graduate certificate in Health Care Advocacy and Navigation. The program is designed to teach you the knowledge and skills vital to advocate for patients. Coupling this certificate with a M.S. in Health Care Administration will not only brand you as a leader among your peers, but it will help you to advocate for patients for whom the health care system seems complex and daunting.

For more information about the online Health Care Administration master's degree, Request More Information or call us at (315) 732-2640 or toll-free at (866) 295-3106.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at (visited April 09, 2014).