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Master of Science in Healthcare Management

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management program at American University is designed for students looking to advance their management skills and become leaders in a healthcare environment. Learn more about American University's online MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Healthcare Management

School Offering Program:

American University

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Program Prerequisites:

The online Master of Science in Healthcare Management program at American University requires applicants to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students should have established communication and leadership skills and possess a familiarity with healthcare systems. All applicants to American University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students in the Master of Science in Healthcare Management online program at American University have the chance to learn the best leadership and management practices for the healthcare industry. This program is designed to teach learners how to communicate professionally and ethically across cultures and with clients, donors, and other professionals. Students could examine healthcare systems, gain strategic decision-making skills, and explore theories of a cost/benefit analysis. Some courses cover topics such as trends in healthcare delivery and quality and how those affect patients and healthcare providers. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to use information technology to the benefit of healthcare processes and patient care.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact American University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Healthcare Management:

Students enrolled in American University's online Master of Science in Healthcare Management program are asked to complete a total of 30 credits, including 16 credits in core and required courses. Students will also choose one healthcare elective, take three healthcare professional classes, and participate in a healthcare capstone project showcasing their learned skills. Degree and program information is subject to change; contact American University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • Innovation Through New Technologies
  • Intercultural Communication for Professionals
  • Data-Driven Decision Making

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • Professional Ethics and Project Leadership
  • Students will choose one course from the following:
    • Project Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Evaluation: Quantitative Methods

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • Students will choose one course from the following:
    • Adaptive Project Management Principles
    • Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS)
    • Instructional Design Principles and Practices
    • Principles and Theories of Evaluation
    • Strategic Management of Sports Organizations
    • Decision Making and Change Management
    • Client Communications and Professional Consulting
    • Teams and Virtual Teams
    • Evaluation: Qualitative Methods

Professional and Field Courses (12 credits)

  • Standards and Systems in U.S. Healthcare
  • Principles of Health Information Technology and Innovation
  • Evaluation of New Models of Care Delivery and Payment
  • Healthcare Management Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates with a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from American University may choose to continue their education with a doctorate in fields like healthcare management, public health, or health promotion. These advanced degrees could help prepare them for advanced leadership positions as well as careers in academic, research, or policymaking. Doctoral opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Healthcare Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Services
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Promotion

Career Paths:

Upon completion of American University's MS in Healthcare Management, graduates might be ready to seek work in a variety of healthcare settings as a consultant, an analyst, or an administrator. They could use their leadership and strategic management skills in government agencies, law firms, correctional facilities, or other healthcare provider organizations. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Healthcare administrator
  • Interface support analyst
  • Vice president of health information management
  • Senior business intelligence analyst