The healthcare sector is one of the fastest-growing job markets, and industry experts predict that it will continue to be an area of strong employment opportunities long into the future. When you pursue AU’s MBA in Healthcare Leadership, you’ll expand your career potential and become part of a vital field. Everyone in healthcare—from administrators to physicians and nurses—plays a role in the ever-evolving mission to improve patient care and service.
What to expect
Healthcare Leadership courses are offered exclusively online, regardless of whether you complete your MBA through our Greenville campus or online. The concentration includes three classes, and each one is 16 weeks (a full semester). In fact, you can take your healthcare concentration classes while you complete the shorter, six-week-long core MBA classes. By taking the core MBA and online healthcare leadership classes simultaneously, you can finish your MBA in as few as 20 months.
Healthcare Leadership classes include:
Healthcare Structure and Policy: In this course, you’ll gain an overview of the United States healthcare system past, present and future, including policy development and implementation at the local, state and national levels. You’ll explore social, political and economic factors that affect everyone involved in the healthcare system—consumers, healthcare professionals and organizations. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify problems and develop recommendations for health policy issues while considering diverse stakeholder perspectives.
Healthcare Finance and Economics: You’ll be immersed in the financial side of healthcare, including insurance, payment methods, revenue cycle, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Learn how the principles of economics affect decision-making for consumers, healthcare providers and insurers. At the end of the course, you’ll understand the characteristics of public and private health insurance, evaluate emerging payment methods for health service providers and use financial information to monitor practical healthcare issues.
Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety and Outcomes: This course focuses on evaluating and improving the business, clinical and satisfaction outcomes within healthcare organizations. You’ll examine numerous quality improvement factors, such as patient safety, program evaluation, public reporting and value-based purchasing. After completing the course, you’ll be able to define ways to monitor, assess and improve healthcare quality, safety and satisfaction.
You’ll be prepared for leadership positions across a wide spectrum of healthcare sectors. For example, among your many options, you could work as a manager or administrator at the following types of organizations:
- Hospital or health system
- Health insurance company
- Medical device manufacturer
- Pharmaceutical company
- Management or healthcare consulting firm
- Emerging industries / new startups
- Health information technology firm
- Medical clinic at a large company
The healthcare industry is naturally an interdisciplinary field—everyone, from business managers to physicians, must collaborate to create the best possible outcomes for patients. That’s why our Healthcare Leadership concentration courses teach both the business and clinical perspectives of the healthcare industry.
Our professors also focus on the motivations for pursuing a healthcare-related MBA. These professionals must have a mind for business and a heart for people to be truly successful. During your classes, you will be presented with ethical dilemmas, and you’ll learn to apply biblical principles to make wise decisions. Professors will walk you through the Christian values involved in the administrative process for policy-making, organizational, professional and individual ethics.
Because Anderson’s Healthcare Leadership courses are offered exclusively online, you’ll have maximum flexibility with completing your assignments. Find out more about Anderson’s online MBA courses.