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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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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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