The healthcare industry is ablaze with opportunity, with a strong, upward trajectory of double-digit job growth projections – more than twice the growth expected in all occupations. The need for well-educated professionals at the helm of that growth is more important than ever before. Healthcare management provides unique opportunities to combine the best in business standards with highly focused healthcare principles, concepts, systems and practices.
Southern New Hampshire University’s master’s in healthcare management degree – SNHU was one of the first online universities in the nation to offer an MSM in Healthcare – will equip you with the people and project management skills needed to be flexible, responsive and resilient when faced with complex business challenges. At the same time, it will provide critical knowledge integral to strategic decision-making and promotion of continuous, enterprise-wide healthcare quality improvement. The master’s in healthcare management will position you as a confident, creative and graceful manager at a pivotal time in healthcare and other key industries.
SNHU's master’s in healthcare management degree program provides a dynamic fusion of vital business principles with a solid concentration in healthcare. Among the business principles you'll explore are: effective business communication; project management; organizational culture and brand; leadership; strategic planning; and talent support and development. Core management courses enable graduates to embrace broad opportunities in a variety of organizations, while concentration courses allow for more focused managerial positions within healthcare.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online master’s in healthcare management 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.
Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
Healthcare is the largest industry in the U.S. – and the second largest employer nationwide with more than 11 million jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects double-digit growth by 2020, with healthcare management roles forecasted at a 23 percent growth, twice the rate expected in all occupations. As one of the first online universities to offer an online master’s in healthcare management, SNHU’s program continues to evolve to meet marketplace demand, positioning you for success in procuring management roles in the healthcare segment and other diverse industries.
Upon completion of the online master’s in healthcare management program, you’ll be able to:
According to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), healthcare executives are needed in many settings, including:
This 36-credit, 12-course program encompasses seven core management courses, four healthcare concentration courses and one capstone course. Core management courses enable graduates to embrace broad opportunities in a variety of organizations, while concentration courses allow for more focused managerial positions within healthcare.
Business leaders are responsible for cultivating, maintaining, and fostering an organizational culture that accurately represents the organization internally and externally, encourages and supports people, and holds organizational members accountable to the vision, mission, and goals of a business. This course provides students with the skills, theories, and practices necessary to identify a strong culture that permeates the ethics, decision-making, and behaviors of the organization. Students will work through advanced cases and apply these experiences to their own learning and organizations.
This course serves as an advanced exploration into ill-structured situations requiring strategic plans and effective resource management. Students are asked to develop strategies around personnel management, budget allocation, performance metrics, and goal setting. This course prepares students for the advanced concentration courses in their area and serves as a precursor to the integrated capstone experience.
This course is the capstone experience for the M.S. in Management programs, designed to address issues that are important in understanding today's approaches to management. The course will analyze critical management functions including strategy, governance, competitive advantages, human resources and organizational leadership and others. In addition, the core concepts of management as well as the critical issues and concepts studied in previous courses will be integrated in a big-picture framework of management.
This course provides students with an understanding of contemporary issues facing corporations, including consumerism, environmentalism and globalism, and the role of public relations in helping an organization thrive in its environment. The four-part public relations process of research and fact-finding, planning and programming, implementing and communicating and evaluating is reviewed.
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.
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 presents an overview of the various primary and secondary research methodologies used in the business world and the application of statistical techniques to those strategies. The focus of this course is the design and execution of a practical, primary research. It is recommended that this course be one of the first three taken in degree programs in which it is required. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in statistics.
This course includes the study of concepts, tools, and practices of project management. The course adopts a managerial process approach to Project Management, which consists of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project. Major topics will include project scope, project time, project cost, project quality, project risk, project resources, project communications and how to be an effective project manager. Cases are utilized to integrate the learning in the course and provide decision- making experience for the student.
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.
Explore financial management and healthcare reimbursement systems in the United States. Students focus on the practical application of financial concepts and skills in healthcare settings including third-party payers, Medicare/Medicaid payments, managing working capital, resource allocation, and the impact of health reform.
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the management and technical issues surrounding healthcare information systems today. Information systems are complex and increasingly instrumental in supporting quality patient care and in pursuing cost-saving efficiencies in healthcare settings. The course explores how healthcare information technology is transforming the healthcare delivery system. Significant topics in this field include: patient-centered technologies, privacy laws, electronic medical records, measuring outcomes, and evidence-based practice.
Healthcare quality is one of the important drivers of reform in the U.S. healthcare system. This course introduces students to the foundational principles and techniques of quality management. The course explains the central components and importance of quality, and the tools and techniques to continuously measure, assess, improve and transform the healthcare system. Key topics in quality management include: regulatory mandates and accreditation standards, performance measurement and improvement, methods for redesign of healthcare processes, patient safety and strategies to reduce healthcare errors, and the role of information management systems and technology in healthcare.
For those who do not meet the minimum requirements, the following courses may be required:
This course is a foundational survey of the principles, vocabularies, and mechanics of how business firms function. The course is designed to give students with little or no business background the exposure and acumen necessary for advanced coursework in business-related topics and to appreciate the complex interactions of markets and firms. Financial aspects of business including the accounting system, financial statements, and financial reporting are covered in addition to the major macro- and micro-economic theories and market concepts that influence business.
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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