Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management

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Why an MBA in Healthcare Management?

The healthcare industry is quickly becoming the dominant industry in the U.S., employing more Americans every year. According to an NPR report, one in eight U.S. workers is now employed in the healthcare industry--that's 16 million jobs in a sector that generates $2.7 trillion annually (source:

The healthcare industry is constantly challenged by emerging technology, government regulations, ethical dilemmas and insurance considerations. These rapidly-changing factors pose complex questions for healthcare providers, patients, regulatory agencies, HMO’s and insurance companies, biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, and other health-related businesses.

Specializing in both healthcare industry topics and practical business decision-making, healthcare administrators and managers are called upon to address these important issues and steer employers toward sound solutions.

Program highlights

The Healthcare Management concentration builds upon the core MBA business and management courses to provide specialized knowledge and expertise in modern healthcare issues, trends and tools, and their applications. Students will receive in-depth instruction in legal, ethical and compliance issues; healthcare finance; managed healthcare and insurance company operations; and the different types of healthcare service systems in the United States.

Graduates of the MBA – Healthcare Management

In order to productively solve healthcare issues facing modern providers and other industry-related businesses, the graduate of the Herzing University MBA – Healthcare Management online degree program should be able to:


Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate analytical skills in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, leadership, information systems, operations, and strategy.
  • Plan change efforts, negotiate consensus, and act as a leader to solve organizational challenges.
  • Analyze ethical obligations and prepare responses to complex legal and/or ethical situations.
  • Analyze the impact of diversity on the organization, work with constituents to identify global challenges, and propose solutions to the challenges.
  • Evaluate internal and external information to inform decision making, and present findings in written and/or oral formats to a variety of audiences.


Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate alternative solutions to complex management challenges in the field of healthcare.


Upon completion of this degree, graduates will have gained knowledge applicable to careers in healthcare finance, administration, marketing, policy and information management. Graduates of MBA programs with a Healthcare Management emphasis have transitioned from clinical practice to administrative roles, been promoted to a management or supervisory position in their current department, or moved to a larger department or organization with more opportunity for advancement.
Sample career titles include:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Program Director
  • Controller
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Director of Development
  • Compliance Officer

According to a May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Medical and Health Services Managers show annual earnings of:

Lowest 25% - below $67,450 Median - $86,400 Highest 25% - over $112,260

Factors such as geographic location, level of education, years of experience and size of employer will affect an individual’s salary.


A minimum of 39 semester credit hours is required for graduation.
MBA Courses and Descriptions

Special Admissions

Students must have a bachelor's degree with a major in business or a related discipline to be admitted to this MBA program. Students without a bachelor’s degree in business or a related discipline must enroll in the Master of Business Administration in Business Management (MBABM) program.


All courses, 30 semester credit hours, are required.

Course NumberCourse NamePrerequisiteCredit Hours
MBA 600Leadership and Organizational BehaviorMBA 540 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 606Research and Decision MakingMBA 530 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 615MarketingMBA 540 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 621Financial and Managerial AccountingMBA 520 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 626Information Systems and TechnologyNone3.0
MBA 631Operations and Project ManagementNone3.0
MBA 639Managerial EconomicsMBA 530 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 645FinanceMBA 540 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 690Strategic PlanningMBA 520, MBA 530, & MBA 540 or equivalent coursework3.0
MBA 691Graduate Capstone ProjectFinal semester3.0


Course NumberRequired Course NamePrerequisiteCredit Hours
MBA 665Healthcare Information ManagementNone3.0

A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours is required. Students may select any of the following courses.

Course NumberCourse NamePrerequisiteCredit Hours
MBA 610Health Policy and ManagementMBA 6063.0
MBA 663Health Insurance and Managed CareNone3.0
MBA 664Healthcare AdministrationNone3.0

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