MBA – Health Care Management – Curriculum – 100% Online

M.B.A. in Health Care Management Curriculum 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, 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 healthcare 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.

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Courses in the MBA in Health Care Management: What You Will Study

To earn your MBA in Health Care Management from Marylhurst, you complete 48 quarter 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.

Marylhurst MBA Core Business Curriculum

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture.

This course is a practical survey of business law geared towards providing busy managers with a solid grasp of key legal concepts and principles that they are likely to encounter in their work day. Students learn that the benefits of legal action must be weighed against the risks and costs of litigation. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, commercial transactions and business organizational structures.

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets, to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates.

Effective marketing is a customer-focused process that pervades an organization. Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, students learn how to segment markets and position a firm’s offerings in order to create long-term customer and shareholder value. This course explores marketing opportunities through product and service line development, pricing strategies, customer communications including digital media, and channel management.

In this course, students 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.

This course is designed to help students understand 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, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists.

Managers use statistics to make important decisions in all phases of the business life cycle. This course is an introduction to the benefits of statistical thinking. Students explore how statistics and data analysis can help solve managerial problems, leading to more effective decisions. This course covers basic concepts of distributions, probability, variables, hypothesis testing, inference and experimental design.


Business Foundations Course
If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in business or equivalent experience, you will start your MBA program in our foundations course. Topics covered include writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. All things to prepare you for our MBA program.

Health Care Management Courses

This course provides an in-depth look at the sectors that comprise the health care industry. Students 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.

This course is designed to provide a full 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).

This course is 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.

During this course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal and practical perspective with a special emphasis upon leading ethically in healthcare. The course will 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.

Capstone Project
Synthesize, apply and demonstrate the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA in Health Care Management program learning outcomes. After rigorous research, you will develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Using a wide variety of management tools, explore options, analyze critical information, and develop 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.