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Build Industry-Current Credentials for a Healthy Career in Management

The healthcare industry is massive and complex, requiring managers with specialized knowledge and skills to solve problems and develop innovations related to the access, cost, and quality of healthcare.

National University’s Master of Health Administration offers a career-focused curriculum designed to prepare you for an important role in a burgeoning industry. You’ll develop the conceptual and analytical skills you’ll need to understand and manage challenges faced by today’s healthcare organizations.

What sets NU’s MHA degree apart from other programs is our partnership with San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL), the leading professional membership society for all current and future healthcare leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties. As you study and learn, you’ll have access to an international network of more than 30,000 healthcare executives and a means by which to pursue unique career advancement opportunities.

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Course Details

Course Listing

Program Requirements

  • 14 courses; 63 quarter units

Course Name

US healthcare system overview, including terminology, components of healthcare delivery systems, financing, personnel, regulation, delivery and consumers. Consideration of the effects of public policy on services.

PrerequisiteHCA 600

Focuses on the development of public policy concerning medical care and public health and the relationship between public decisions and the market place. Using contemporary policy issues as case studies, examines the role science, ideology, culture, and history play in influencing the structure of and changes to a nation’s health system.

An introduction to the use of statistical analysis in public health. Provides an understanding of the basic methods and underlying concepts of statistics that are used in public health decision-making. Among topics explored are descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing and non-parametric statistics.

PrerequisiteCOH 602

Healthcare organization theories and structure, including analyses of managerial functions, relationships, and operations for service delivery. Development of effective service delivery systems. Appreciation of external influences including community, financial institutions, socioeconomic environment, and regulatory agencies. Examination of professional roles, responsibilities, and accountability. Understanding of organizational mission, goals, objectives and priorities.

Information Systems (4.50)

PrerequisiteANA 630

Effective data and information technology utilization to improve performance in healthcare organizations: including information systems, databases and analytical tools to structure, analyze and present information; legal and ethical issues affecting management of healthcare information.

PrerequisiteHCA 600 and HCA 620

Theoretical and practical frameworks to facilitate the continuous improvement of quality in healthcare organizations. Includes data collection, data planning and evaluation. Introduces multiple approaches, including strategy and outcome measurement. Team development, analytical statistics, and process knowledge are central themes, along with culture transformation.

PrerequisiteCOH 602, or ANA 630

The study of determinants and distribution of disease and disability in human populations. Empirical analysis of population data related to morbidity and mortality. Investigation of disease outbreaks, risk factors, health outcomes and causal relationships. Critical evaluation of public health literature and study design.

Application of healthcare economics to decisions regarding the amount, organization, and distribution of healthcare services. Examine the structure, organization, activities, functions, and problems of healthcare from an economic perspective. Emphasis on management problems and policy issues in healthcare with regard to allocation of scarce resources.

Study of healthcare organization, training, motivation and direction of employees while maintaining high level productivity and morale. Includes selection, compensation, financial incentives, work standards, and leadership principles in healthcare organization.

Legal, regulatory, and ethical dimensions of healthcare examined. Development and application of laws and regulations analyzed. Interpretation of uses of policy, law, and regulation changes and needs. Analysis of statutes and court decisions affecting healthcare. Ethical dimensions of healthcare organizations, their personnel and professionals considered.

PrerequisiteCOH 611

Strategic planning for healthcare organizations based on the analyses of secondary quantitative and qualitative data about technological, social, political, regulatory, and competitive aspects of the healthcare market. Marketing principles and tools for the development of a healthcare organization marketing plan.

PrerequisiteHCA 628

Application of healthcare accounting and finance theories to decisions in healthcare environments. Emphasis on management problems and policy issues regarding allocation of resources, payments systems, capital investments and budgeting.

Fundamentals of research methods and statistical analysis of public health data. Includes principles of research investigation, research design, sampling, measurements, and the use of descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis and hypothesis testing. Focuses on health survey design, sampling methodologies, questionnaire construction and administration, interviewing, and coding procedures.

PrerequisiteHCA 624

Concepts of leadership related to current healthcare organizations. Communications – including public relations – team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution considered. Strategic aspects such as vision, viewpoint, and mission included. Managing uncertainty emphasized.

PrerequisiteHCA 600; COH 602; HCA 610; HCA 620; HCA 622; COH 606; HCA 624; HCA 626; HCA 628; HCA 630; HCA 660; HCA 663; COH 611; HCA 670 and permission by instructor

Minimum of 120 hours of structured work experience in a healthcare organization under the direct supervision of one or more experienced healthcare managers. Grading is S or U only.

PrerequisiteHCA 691 or permission by instructor.

Three-month capstone project focused on a relevant problem in healthcare administration theory or practice. Planning and completion of either a data-based research project or a scholarly and creative activity related to healthcare administration.

*ANA prerequisite is NOT required for students in the MS in Healthcare Administration

Degree and Course Requirements

To receive an MHA degree, students must complete at least 72 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

There are a number of things that distinguish National University’s MS in Healthcare Administration degree from those offered at other schools. For one thing, NU has partnered with the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL), the leading professional membership society for all current and future healthcare leaders in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

SOHL’s mission is to advance its members’ professional excellence and thereby advance the healthcare industry. Because of this partnership, NU students and graduates in our MHA program gain access to an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives and a means by which to pursue unique career advancement opportunities.

As a student in our Master of Health Administration program, you’ll be supported by a team of mentors and NU advisors throughout your studies. You’ll also learn from our highly experienced faculty who have either a terminal degree in healthcare administration or significant practical experience managing and leading in a variety of health administration settings.

You’ll increase your chances for professional growth and job placement through carefully planned internships and a capstone experience, plus gain practical experience in project management, teamwork, and leadership. If you are looking for career advancement from middle to upper-middle management, or to transition into healthcare administration from other professions, NU’s MS in Healthcare Administration can put you in position to explore and pursue many options and opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 32 percent by 2030. That’s much faster than the average for other occupations, and it means you’re in the right place at the right time if you possess the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue myriad career possibilities in healthcare management.

For example, employers in today’s job market are seeking professionals with a Master of Healthcare Administration degree to fill positions in a broad range of work settings, including:

  • Managed healthcare facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care operations
  • Federal, state, and local departments of health
  • Academic institutions
  • And many more

A few of the job titles pursuing candidates with MHA credentials include:

  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Program Managers
  • Practice Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Directors of Operations
  • Health Systems Specialists

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 13, 2022. DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

National University’s Master of Health Administration degree program focuses on preparing you with the knowledge and skills to manage today’s healthcare organizations and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll understand how to:

  • Implement care and processes for better outcomes with evidence-based best practices in the full scope of healthcare operations and delivery
  • Engage communities and multilevel partners in working together to improve modifiable determinants of health and health outcomes to achieve optimal population health
  • Assess the business, demographic, ethnocultural, political, and regulatory implications of decisions and develop strategies that improve the long-term success and viability of the organization
  • And many other skills sought by today’s healthcare employers

These are important skill sets that come with the potential for significant compensation. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $104,280.

With your MHA degree, you’ll likely be able to pursue career opportunities across a broad spectrum of industries. Emsi Labor Analyst data suggests healthcare management professionals are currently in demand by employers in:

  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Finance and insurance
  • Education services
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services
  • Public administration

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: April 13, 2022. DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and apply decision-making technology to evaluate information and to discover evidence-based solutions that are reliable.
  • Communicate effectively in all forms of expression to relate facts, simplify complexity, customize, and create persuasive arguments for the target audience to improve organizational function and/or to transform organizational vision for all stakeholders.
  • Use and analyze corporate financial management concepts (e.g., rate of return, net present value, and cash flow analyses); analyze trends in population, disease, and utilization data; understand principles of insurance rating, actuarial risk, and shared risk to make decisions.
  • Assess the business, demographic, ethnocultural, political, and regulatory implications of decisions and develop strategies that improve the long-term success and viability of the organization.
  • Evaluate political, economic, social, technological, workforce, legal, ethical and regulatory factors that impact systems, organizations, communities and individuals at multiple levels along the health care continuum.
  • Implement care and processes for better outcomes with the attendant evidence-based best practices in the full scope of healthcare operations and delivery.
  • Demonstrate leadership excellence through abilities and behaviors, which include establishing a vision and motivating and supporting others to work towards that shared vision and related goals.
  • Evaluate alternative organizing structures and use organization structure to design performance improvement strategies.
  • Apply evidence-based approaches to engage communities and multilevel partners in working together to improve modifiable determinants of health and health outcomes to achieve optimal population health.
  • Employ organizational integrity by examining organizational behavior for honesty and fair dealing with all constituencies, including employees and community stakeholders
  • Exercise professional behaviors consistent with self-awareness, accountability, continuous learning, and ethical and social responsibility for the greater good.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Earning your Master’s in Healthcare Administration from NU can be an excellent way to prepare for a leadership role in a variety of healthcare settings. Not only will your industry-current skills be in demand, but salaries for MHA graduates can also be very appealing. In May 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $104,280.

An MBA is a globally recognized management degree that usually positions graduates for management roles in the corporate world. An MHA degree focuses more on providing you with a specialized skill set relevant to the needs of healthcare facilities and related organizations seeking hospital administrators and healthcare managers who understand the current challenges of the health sector.

Both specializations have similarities, but the roles and responsibilities differ. While professionals with either degree will likely work in similar environments, healthcare managers’ roles tend to focus more on overseeing the big picture needs of a healthcare organization. Conversely, healthcare administrators are generally needed for the day-to-day operations and staffing.

Aside from the attractive salaries commanded by healthcare administrators, the job outlook for professionals with an MHA is extremely robust. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 32 percent by 2030. That’s much faster than the average for other occupations, and it means you should have ample opportunities to establish and advance your career.

Healthcare administration can be an ideal choice for those who want to play an important role in the industry but have no desire to be a medical professional or a direct care provider. Instead, these highly skilled professionals are charged with directing the operations of a healthcare organization, rather than dealing directly with patients.

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