You’ve set your sights on a leadership role in the healthcare field, and we’re ready to partner with you to reach your career goals. Healthcare administrators play a vital role in today’s shifting healthcare paradigm: They ensure equitable quality and access to the best care. That takes a combination of organizational leadership and strategic vision balanced with skillful collaboration among internal and external stakeholders. By earning your online Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, you’ll be well-qualified to fill critical needs and advance in this vital industry.
At Southern New Hampshire University, you’ll acquire the formal healthcare education necessary to advance your skills and complement your experience within the complex health administration field. The master’s in healthcare administration online program covers every aspect from finance and economics, law, policy, performance and process improvement to leadership, marketing, human resources, informatics and strategic planning. What's more, there’s never been a better time to earn this degree: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 23 percent job growth for healthcare administration professionals through 2022.
SNHU is a leader in health education, with a diverse array of accredited healthcare and nursing degree programs. Our online MS in Healthcare Administration broadens our offering in this vital area, providing a more in-depth study of the healthcare industry for those ready to take the next step in their careers – a senior administration role. We were one of the first universities to offer an online MS in Management in Healthcare Administration, a program designed for entry- to mid-level healthcare managers seeking management education – and one of our most popular programs to date. These two degree programs demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of our students and the demands of the healthcare industry.
The master’s in healthcare administration online curriculum was developed by well-respected practitioners in the field and is aligned with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) standards. Following these standards, our rigorous online MS degree will provide you with the competencies required for top healthcare administration positions, including communication, computational skills, critical thinking, societal and cultural context, leadership, relationship management and a thorough knowledge of the healthcare environment.
In the master’s in healthcare administration online program, you’ll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MS degree online at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Healthcare is the largest industry in the U.S. and the second largest employer, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a projected 23 percent job growth through 2022, opportunities abound for healthcare administration professionals. While salaries vary regionally, the BLS reports a median annual salary for healthcare administrators of $88,580, with the top 10 percent of healthcare administrators earning more than $150,560.
According to the AUPHA, healthcare executives have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the citizens in the communities they serve, and the opportunity to work in thousands of health services organizations throughout the U.S. and the world, including:
The MS in Healthcare Administration online curriculum is aligned to AUPHA, CAHME and HLA standards. The 12 core courses, designed and taught by well-respected practitioners in the healthcare field, focus on the most commonly known and supported industry credentialing models and cover the gamut, from organizational leadership, finance and human resources to informatics, marketing, ethics, policy and law.
This course covers descriptive and inferential statistics needed by practitioners and healthcare administrators for evidence-based decision-making. This course focuses on the understanding and application of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, appropriate interpretation of statistical results, and real-world presentation of data. Particular emphasis is on data processing, data analysis, appropriate use and interpretation of statistical tests, drawing conclusions from data, validity of conclusions, reporting results, discussion of results, and critiquing research.
Building on prior coursework, students develop a program proposal to address an identified healthcare issue. The program proposal will include needs assessment, resource allocation, planning, implementation and evaluation methodologies utilizing evidence-based sources. Students must have completed 30 credits in the major prior to registration.
Students will learn the history and current state of healthcare and how the industry uses information systems. Throughout the course students will discuss types of information systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), laboratory and radiology systems and more. Students will also study trends in new practices, such as telemedicine and home healthcare, and how they function in various healthcare settings. Finally, students will explore how these and other industry trends, with the use of technology, can improve patient care.
Global Health and Diversity is a problem-based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a national and global perspective, and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of international populations and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to allow the practitioner to design interventions that promote health and behavior change in a target population. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy, and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
This integrated course will explore healthcare strategic planning from a marketing and public relations perspectives. Topics explored will include health literacy, communicating the message, use of media and social media, and advertising. Students will understand how to conduct market needs assessment and develop and evaluate a marketing campaign.
This course focuses on the knowledge, skills, attitudes needed to assure quality patient and family centered care provided through interdisciplinary collaborative care. Students will focus on strategies that contribute to building a culture of safety assuring accountability and reliability in care processes. Health policy issues access to care, and cost issues are addressed including pay for performance, quality outcomes, and nurse sensitive outcomes, with a special focus on healthcare reforms focus on quality. This course is cross-listed with NUR-604.
Students in this course examine the role of health law and policy in the healthcare system. Students explore concepts and principles of law, public health, health law, health policy, finance, legal control, and risk management, as well as their application to the healthcare environment through the lens of the professional discipline. Students evaluate the impact of health law and policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, and political factors on access disparities. Students examine ways to articulate the needs of individuals, communities, and vulnerable populations to consumers, health system officials, and government officials. Students also focus on the opportunities for key stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, to shape health laws and policies.
This course provides the student with a rigorous introduction to the micro- and macroeconomic theory to understand the healthcare landscape both from a financing and policy perspective. Topics explored include market behavior; demand theory; production and cost theory; decision-making in competitive and non-competitive markets, Gross Domestic Product determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the healthcare reimbursement system and financial principles relevant to strategic planning for the healthcare organizations. Topics explored include the healthcare reimbursement system, managed care, prospective payment, insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, financial and managerial accounting principles, and long-term financing and capital investments.
This course explores program design, planning and evaluation utilizing needs assessment, data analysis, resource allocation, and evaluation methodologies. This course provides the student with a strong foundation in the development of a program proposal.
This course emphasizes the strategic role of the human resource manager in performing functions of recruitment, hiring, training, career development and other contemporary processes within the organizational setting. It serves as an introduction to the areas of compensation, collective bargaining, affirmative action and other regulatory procedures and requirements as they relate to contemporary applications in organizations.
This course is a study of planning, budgeting, control and other management activities in the context of the not-for-profit institution.
This course focuses on research designs and methods to describe measures of disease occurrence and risk factor associations utilizing quantitative information to ascertain whether relationships exist between risk or protective factors and diseases in population. When looking at potential causal associations, it explores the role of chance, bias, and confounding and effect modification and how this may influence the design and interpretation of epidemiologic studies.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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