Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Curriculum: M.B.A. in Health Care Management – 100% Online – at Marylhurst

   Marylhurst’s MBA in Health Care Management delivers a curriculum applicable in real time, as our world-class educators prepare you to use new knowledge and ideas in your work environment throughout the program.

Within twelve 5-week courses and one 10-week course, our online MBA in Health Care Management evolves your organizational and leadership skills so you can become a highly efficient, resourceful leader. The curriculum offers exploration in key business concepts, including marketing, accounting, finance and statistics while developing your expertise in the latest trends in health care technology and legislation. Earn your MBA in Health Care Management and differentiate your skillset with advanced capabilities and strategic knowledge as an effective and ethical modern health care manager.

This program accepts students each term (fall, winter, spring and summer).

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MBA in Health Care Management Degree Requirements: What You Will Study

To earn your MBA in Health Care Management from Marylhurst, you complete 48-53 credits in a series of graduate courses and a capstone project:

Marylhurst’s curriculum offers you fundamental MBA coursework in organizational behavior, managerial economics, accounting and financial management. Your studies will dive deep into the business realities of the health care industry through coursework in ethical health care management and decision making, contemporary managed care, law and risk management, health care marketing and communications and operations management.

Embark on your MBA studies with an introductory review of the following topics: writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office.
Study the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, and how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Discussion topics and analysis will include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.
Develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. Through the application of microeconomics to your personal decision making and professional life, study concepts including scarcity, ownership and markets. Discuss macroeconomic concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables. Coursework will include a review of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.
Learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations.
Develop an understanding of financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, learn strategies used by financial analysts through real-world examples and practical exercises.
Take an in-depth look at sectors that comprise the health care industry. Identify internal and external influences within and around this complex system, and examine the dynamics between them. The role of technology and informatics, programs, models, systems of delivery, demographics, the regulatory environment, stakeholder issues and ethical implications will form the basis of this initial course in the program.
Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the origins of managed health care from the 1970s through current applications in the United States health care system. The evolution of managed health care applications is evaluated from legal, social and ethical perspectives, with emphasis on benefits and limitations. Specific examples of managed care applications are examined and analyzed (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private applications).
Increasingly competitive health care markets offer new and exciting opportunities for marketing and communications activities. Explore an introduction to marketing management and research in the fast-changing health care industry. Develop your expertise in product and service line development, public relations and communications, and patient centricity in diverse populations. Special topics include emerging business models in health insurance and treatment centers.
Conduct a practical survey of business law and the special considerations present in the health care setting. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, antitrust concepts, labor law, commercial transactions, data privacy, patient rights, professional liability, defensive medicine and health care reform.
This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations in the context of integrated delivery models and systems. Emphasis is placed on performance improvement through the use of tools such as Lean Six Sigma, and Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) rapid cycle. Topics will also include planning, organizing and control of property, plant and equipment, safety and emergency preparedness, and environmental services.
Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal and practical perspective with a special emphasis upon leading ethically in healthcare. Discuss how organizational leaders address the growing importance of legal and ethical challenges in their decision making. Special topics include team building, gender issues and leadership in diverse, multicultural and global environments particularly as they relate to healthcare. Equally important, will be considerations for the various ethical methodologies from which to base leadership decision making related to various contemporary and controversial healthcare issues.
Begin the process of synthesizing, applying and demonstrating the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA in Health Care Management program learning outcomes. Following comprehensive research, develop a strategic initiative accompanied by operational and communications plans.

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the MBA in Health Care Management program may transfer up to 3 classes from other schools to shorten the time required to complete their degree.  Marylhurst’s accelerated online program is designed for completion in as few as 18 months.

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