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Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

Future leaders in areas of patient care, healthcare delivery, and health policy development could build their skills and knowledge when they study in the Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management program at Walden University. Read more here to learn about this online MBA in Healthcare Management program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those applying to this online MBA in Healthcare Management program are required to already have earned a bachelor's degree. Some familiarity with healthcare systems, reform, patient care methods, and healthcare regulations as well as financial management concepts would be helpful. Prior coursework in business, management, accounting, finance, or economics would also be beneficial. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How does medical care in the U.S. compare to care in other countries? Which laws and regulations impact healthcare delivery? What are the principles of healthcare financial management? These are some of the main topics that students could expect to review in the Walden University's online Master of Business Administration with a Healthcare Management specialization program. Specialization courses also discuss healthcare reform issues, current trends in healthcare, policy implementation practices, healthcare ethics, and financial management tools. In core MBA classes, students could focus on various managerial practices and processes in key business areas, such as accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, and human resources. These core courses also provide study in the elements of leadership, collaboration in business, organizational performance improvement, and innovative progress in a business environment. Students could apply what they have learned about business strategies and operational processes as they address a challenge in the business world and learn more about change management, strategy evaluation, and corporate social responsibility in the program's capstone.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

39 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management:

To graduate from this Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management program, students must complete 30 credits in core coursework as well as a three-credit elective and three-credit capstone. An additional nine credits must be taken in the specialization area. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Business Essentials
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation
  • Managing Business Information Systems
  • Improving Business Performance
  • Accounting for Management Decision Making
  • Marketing for Competitiveness
  • Managerial Finance

Core Elective Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Communication for Leaders and Managers
    • Competing in the Global Economy
    • Critical Thinking for Effective Management
    • Harnessing the Power of Data and Information
    • Managing First Things First

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies

Specialization Courses: Healthcare Management (9 credits)

  • Contemporary Topics in the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System
  • Law, Ethics, and Policy in Healthcare Administration
  • Healthcare Financial Management and Economics

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After earning the MBA degree with a healthcare management focus, graduates who wish to explore career opportunities in colleges or universities or administrative positions in healthcare research might consider pursuing a doctoral degree. Doctoral studies could provide more in-depth studies in healthcare research, complex healthcare systems, program and policy analysis techniques, and health services theories.

Examples of doctoral degree programs graduates may consider include:

  • Doctor of Healthcare Administration
  • PhD in Health Policy Management
  • PhD in Health Policy and Administration

Career Paths:

Graduates of Walden University's MBA - Healthcare Management program could be prepared to assume administrative duties in both clinical and nonclinical settings. Possible places of employment include hospitals, clinics, public health departments, managed care companies, long-term care facilities, group medical practices, government health agencies, or home health companies. Examples of their administrative responsibilities could include overseeing budgeting, staffing, regulatory compliance, policy development, or patient care quality.

Likely positions for graduates include:

  • Hospital CEO
  • Health services manager
  • V.P. of clinical services
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Healthcare chief technical officer

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