Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration
Take charge in a fast-evolving field
Health Care Administration is a rapidly growing professional environment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field are expected to grow 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations1. Health care administrators must be ready to handle ongoing developments in the field. The online MS in Health Care Administration 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's 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.
The program offers three areas of emphasis 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.
Nursing Home Administration
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 (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.)
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
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.
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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, accessed 11/1/2010, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos014.htm#outlook