MBA: Health Care Management Specialization

Program Overview

Lead an organization to better patient care.

Take advantage of the increasing demand for health care management professionals who understand the complex ethical and legal challenges that come with providing patient-centered care. With Utica College's online Master of Business Administration specialization in Health Care Management, you'll learn how to assess, plan, and implement projects within an organization that can improve your patients' health and your facility's bottom line.

Take advantage of the increasing demand for health care management professionals who understand the complex ethical and legal challenges that come with providing patient-centered care. With Utica College's online Master of Business Administration specialization in Health Care Management, you'll learn how to assess, plan, and implement projects within an organization that can improve your patients' health and your facility's bottom line.

Grow in Patient Care and Your Career

This online Health Care Management specialization helps you gain a deeper understanding of global health politics and services, health care laws and regulations, as well as upcoming technology, to better serve companies and agencies within the health sector.

You'll learn broad aspects of service-sector management and strategic planning when it comes to successful health-service delivery. Graduate ready to apply tools and methods of health informatics and behavioral sciences that improve overall organizational performance.

 
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          Career Outlook

          As the vast baby-boomer population ages and people remain active later in life, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is expecting employment of health services managers to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations.1 Leaders in health care have a few different avenues to take when it comes to managing people. They might manage an entire facility, a specific department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians.

          Career Spotlight: Hospital Administrator

          $89,104/year

          Manage the day-to-day operations in hospitals, outpatient clinics, hospices, or drug-abuse treatment centers. In this position, you could set rates, create budgets, evaluate doctors, and help design or change policy and programs. You would also serve as the liaison between governing boards, medical staff, and department heads to help everyone function as efficiently as possible.2

          Career Spotlight: Health Care Consultant

          $76,466/year

          Examine the efficiency, profits, and structure of an organization to offer suggestions for improvement within the organization. As a consultant hired by a health care facility to solve a specific problem, you'd research and examine existing data to develop a report on how to implement changes that can improve the problem.3

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Health Information Manager
          • Medical Practice Manager

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Be Patient-Centered and Employee-Efficient

          Through 15 credits of foundational coursework, 3 elective credits, and 12 specialization credits, the MBA with a Health Care Management specialization offers not only the broad range of business solutions a typical MBA has to offer but opens the door to become an effective and efficient health care leader. Courses you could take include:

          Course Spotlight: HCA 614 – Quality Management and Performance: Improvement in Evidence-Based Healthcare

          Learn the breadth and depth experience of performance improvement initiatives that impact all levels of health care including clinical and financial issues.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: HCA 616 – Organization Development and Change

          Apply tools and methods of the behavioral sciences to improve organization performance, including key principles and conduct of internal/external consultants.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          You can finish this program in two years of part-time study. The curriculum is made up of 10 core courses, 4 electives in your chosen specialization, and one capstone—each of which requires eight weeks to complete.

          According to Poets & Quants, the outlook for graduates with an MBA is bright and getting brighter:

          • In 2017, the Corporate Recruiters Survey Report found that 86% of companies worldwide plan to hire recent MBA graduates, a seven percent jump from 2016.
          • Salaries are rising alongside job opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council reports 52% of employers increased their starting salaries for new MBA hires at or above the inflation rate.
          • In the U.S., the projected median starting base salary for recent MBA graduates was $110,000 in 2017, up $5,000 from 2016.
          • MBA degree holders are in demand across industries and sectors, as in-depth business administration knowledge is required in private, public and governmental organizations.

          Learn more about your career outlook with Utica College's MBA.

          As we created this program, we examined the current state of the business world and the leadership skills that organizations are looking for. Utica College's ACBSP-accredited online MBA program is designed with the needs of these modern companies in mind. Our real-world, application-based approach provides you with proven, relevant skills that are in demand in today's market.

          Plus, this program is flexible and designed to fit your life. You can learn 100-percent online, or you can attend classes on campus. You can engage in live virtual classrooms, or you can watch recorded lectures at your own pace. The way you learn is up to you.

          We also offer a variety of specializations for you to choose from, so you can tailor your learning to your career.

          No. Our online MBA is designed to help a wide range of students ramp up to business expertise. All students, regardless of background, take a pre-assessment test of core business topics.

          Students who do not have an undergraduate business degree will be required to successfully complete short self-study modules and accompanying exams on any topic areas in which they did not test well. These modules will provide students with the basic business knowledge needed to confidently enter our program.

          In addition, the core business classes in the first year are built to ground students in deep, relevant business knowledge.

          The online master of business administration offers you a variety of specializations to choose from. The knowledge you gain will establish you as an enlightened business leader with the breadth of knowledge necessary for data-driven, results-oriented decision-making. You'll choose from these specializations:

          • Finance/Accounting
          • Insurance and Risk Management (IRM)
          • Cybersecurity
          • Cyber Policy
          • Data Analytics
          • Entrepreneurship
          • Health Care Management
          • General: Select any four graduate-level courses and fashion your own elective.

          Learn more about the online MBA curriculum and specializations.

          This program costs $700 per credit and is composed of 30 credits. Learn more about tuition and financial aid for Utica's online MBA.

          SOURCES:

          1Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017 May). Medical and Health Service Managers. Retrieved November 26, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.
          2Average Hospital Administrator Salary. (n.d.). Retrieved November 26, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Hospital_Administrator/Salary.
          3Average Healthcare Consultant Salary. (n.d) Retrieved November 26, 2018, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Healthcare_Consultant/Salary.