Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Take charge in a fast-evolving healthcare field
What can you do with a health care administration degree? For starters, you can work in one of the most in-demand professions in the health sector. And if you already work as a health care administrator or health services manager, earning your master's in health administration will open up new and exciting advancement opportunities. It's no surprise Forbes magazine listed Health Care Administration as one of the Best Master's Degrees for Jobs.
Health care 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. Health care administrators must be ready to handle ongoing developments in the field. The online Master's in Health Care Administration degree offers the knowledge and skills needed to ascend to and succeed in a variety of upper-level positions.
The 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.
Graduates of the online Health Care Administration degree will have the skills, competencies, and confidence to pursue management and leadership positions within the field of health care administration. Some of the specific skills you will learn while completing your MS in Health Care Administration include:
- :: How to design, develop, implement, and evaluate administrative strategies
- :: How to analyze and apply different health care accounting processes
- :: How to recruit, retain, and develop health care staff
- :: How to apply theories of organizational development within the health sector
- :: How to identify and discern stakeholder interests
Customize Your Specialization to Suit Your Goals
Students in the online MS in Health Care Administration program may select one of five focused specialization areas covering the specific administrative needs of various types of health care organizations. Students may also choose any four 3-credit courses as desired from the Leadership or Management Application electives to customize their master's degree to fit their specific health care career development goals and interests.
The program offers five specializations covering the specific administrative needs of various types of health care organizations.
Students explore financial management, the development and implementation of IT systems, and leadership practices for administrators of hospitals and other acute care facilities.
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: 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, their families, and their 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.
Public health administrators provide 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 data, and analyze trends 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.
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. The core curriculum isn't just designed to teach you how to become a health care administrator, but how to be a leader within the rapidly growing health care industry.
The three main areas of focus within the core health care administration curriculum are:
- :: Management - Student will learn theories of management practices in the service industry, as well as the difference between management and leadership within the health sector
- :: Leadership - The leadership curriculum provides students with an exploration and analysis of best practices in leading organizational development and change in health care
- :: Continuum of Care - Student will learn best-practice models for customer-focused care and service within hospital operations and primary care settings
Other Features of the MS in Health Care Administration
There are a number of online health care administration degree programs to choose from, so why study at Utica College? Here are some of the unique features of our online program compared to other graduate health care administration programs in the country.
- :: A 100 percent online format that allows working professionals to balance personal, professional, and academic commitments.
- :: Virtual residencies that don't require students to travel to campus to complete the residency requirements of the program.
- :: Access to the Leadership Institute of Utica College, one of the leading applied research organizations of its kind dedicated to health care leadership development.
- :: 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. Utica College provides strong support, resources and services to help you achieve your career goals. We are dedicated to the education, development, and success of the next generation of health care administration professionals, and will do whatever we can to help you achieve your career goals.
Download the Health Care Administration Course Map in PDF format to learn more about the courses offered as part of the online program.
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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited April 09, 2014).