Master of Science in Healthcare Administration

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) degree develops the core competencies necessary for leaders to deal specifically with the U.S healthcare marketplace. Healthcare administrators have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the citizens in the communities they serve through planning, directing, and coordinating various aspects of health services, as well as shaping healthcare policy. Responsibilities include developing a strategic vision, information management, marketing, intrapersonal relationships, facility compliance, human resource management, business and financial management, as well as relations with other organizations.

 

This online program is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to successfully manage and lead healthcare organizations. Courses provide information related to the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function; general healthcare management and business principles, including systems thinking; professionalism, ethical behavior and emotional intelligence; communication and relationship management skills; and leadership skills and behavior.

 

Our mission is to provide working professionals, practitioners, and those wanting to advance their careers in healthcare management with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent, ethical, and innovative leaders who can successfully manage and lead their healthcare organizations and communities.

Admission criteria are located under the Requirements link.

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APPLICATION

Employment Opportunities

Employment in medical and health services managers are in demand and are expected to grow. Employment opportunities are available in hospitals, assisted living centers, community and home health clinics, primary care, mental healthcare providers, physician's clinics, and pediatric centers.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program), graduates will have enhanced their knowledge and skills in:

 

Leadership by demonstrating transformational leadership that inspires individual, team, and organizational excellence.

 

Communication and Relationships by demonstrating clear and concise communicate skills, establish and maintain relationships, and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups.

 

Professionalism and Ethics by practicing professionalism and ethical behavior through personal and professional accountability, employ a service orientation, and display a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.

 

Healthcare Systems and Environment by demonstrating an in-depth understanding of healthcare systems and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers operate.

 

Healthcare Management and Business by utilizing business principles, including systems thinking, in the healthcare environment.

 

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in July 2015 and as a result classes started in fall 2015. UAFS will seek accreditation for the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program) from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Program Course Requirements (expected to change Fall 2017)

Foundation Core Requirements:

MHCA 5003

Healthcare Systems

MHCA 5013

Healthcare Policy and Governance

MHCA 5023 

Human Behavior in Healthcare Organizations

MHCA 5033

Healthcare Law and Ethics

Advance Core and Internship:

MHCA 5043

Research in Healthcare Administration

MHCA 6003

Budgetary Issues in Healthcare

MHCA 6013

Information Systems Management in Healthcare

MHCA 6023

Managed Care and Reimbursement Systems

MHCA 6033 

Healthcare Quality Improvement

MHCA 6043

Healthcare Administration Internship

Project Requirement:

MHCA 6053

Graduate Project in Healthcare Administration


Total Hours: 33

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (Online Program)
Major Code 7002

Fall Semester - 9 Hours

MHCA 5003

Healthcare Systems

MHCA 5013

Healthcare Policy and Governance

MHCA 5023

Human Behavior in Healthcare Organizations

Spring Semester - 9 Hours

MHCA 5033

Healthcare Law and Ethics

MHCA 5043

Research in Healthcare Administration

MHCA 6003

Budgetary Issues in Healthcare

Summer Semester - 3 Hours

MHCA 6013

Information Systems Management in Healthcare

Fall Semester - 9 Hours

MHCA 6023

Managed Care and Reimbursement Systems

MHCA 6033

Healthcare Quality Improvement

MHCA 6043

Healthcare Administration Internship

Spring Semester - 3 Hours

MHCA 6053

Graduate Project in Healthcare Administration


 

Graduation Requirements

Students must satisfy all graduation requirements as listed in the Graduate Catalog.