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MBA in Healthcare Management Online

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Register By: February 20 Classes Start: February 22

The MBA That Fits Your Life

  • Under $19K total tuition
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • Complete in about 1 year
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • 15% healthcare industry growth through 20291

MBA in Healthcare Management Online Overview

How can you fit healthcare, business and your career goals into one master's degree program? It's possible, with Southern New Hampshire University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management.

Healthcare is growing – and it's growing fast. To move your skills into the future, SNHU has revised its traditional MBA curriculum to better serve you in a role with high-performing healthcare companies.

The skills you'll learn in the MBA in Healthcare Management program help prepare you to transition into or excel in leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, medical offices, healthcare corporations, insurance and pharmaceuticals. And you'll get the hands-on experience you need through your participation in scenario-based learning, giving you the problem-solving experience you need to succeed.

Our 10-course program can help you excel at managing the day-to-day intricacies of major organizations, including healthcare systems, as well as develop the skills to think critically, fix programs and undertake strategic planning. And the updated curriculum was also designed to help you succeed throughout the program: With more fluidity in assignment due dates, some of your assignments will now span multiple modules.

Learn how to:

  • Lead and operate within cross-functional teams by effectively navigating the complexities of healthcare management
  • Analyze and interpret data for decision-making
  • Develop and foster adaptable strategies for an organization
  • Evaluate and implement various models and processes in the design and continuous improvement of organizations and their practices
  • Cultivate globally aware and culturally responsive teams and organizations
  • Create and implement plans around culture, ethical and legal standards, and sustainable practices

Should you want to focus more on healthcare, SNHU also offers an Master's in Healthcare Administration and an Master's in Management with a concentration in Healthcare.

Career Outlook

It's no secret that the healthcare industry is growing. It's even less of a secret that an MBA stands out on a resume. And when you put them together, you have an unstoppable combination.

With that, the job outlook for medical and health services professionals is bright as the healthcare industry continues to expand and diversify.

Dr. Toni Clayton with text: Dr. Toni Clayton“There is a need for healthcare administrators and healthcare managers to provide leadership for day-to-day operations and for monitoring clinical and non-clinical staffing needs,” said Dr. Toni Clayton, associate dean of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University.

Jobs in the healthcare field are projected to grow 15% through 2029, resulting in the creation of about 2.4 million new jobs.1 As the baby boomer population moves into the 65-and-older age group, the need for elder care surges – specifically within personnel and facilities.

In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects management occupations could see 5% growth – thanks to the formation of new organizations and the expansion of current ones.1 Meanwhile, the BLS reports employment specifically for medical and health services managers is projected to grow a whopping 32% by 2029 – about 8 times the rate of growth of all occupations.1 Medical and health services managers are in demand to both improve the quality of healthcare and control costs.

SNHU's healthcare management MBA provides the industry knowledge and training needed to achieve these goals in a wide range of healthcare-related organizations. The BLS cites the top employers for medical and health services managers1 as:

  • Hospitals (state, local and private): 33%
  • Offices of physicians: 11%
  • Nursing and residential-care facilities: 10%
  • Government: 8%
  • Outpatient care centers: 7%

A 2019 recruiters survey conducted by the Graduate Management Council (GMAC) of MBAs and other business master's degrees highlights hiring growth. It shows healthcare as one of the top 4 industries that's seeking out MBA graduates – in the same category as energy/utilities, consulting and technology.2

In addition, it found that larger companies are the ones seeking MBA talent. Which makes sense: Think hospital systems, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies, to name a few.2

The GMAC report also states that within healthcare, the top 3 areas that MBA grads are in demand are finance, marketing and strategy.2 SNHU's curriculum prepares you – and can position you – for all 3 of these job functions. (Plus, through 2029, business and financial occupations could see 5% growth, and advertising, promotions and marketing manager roles may see 6% growth.1)

Healthcare leaders should be thinking about building a skill set that works well for executive roles in other industries.3 An MBA can help you develop those traits, such as:

  • Collaborative intent: Cast a wider net when it comes to who you need to collaborate with. Through the program's group work, you'll better position yourself to work with a wide variety of people from all over the world.
  • Execution discipline: Merge quality and speed to help improve service, quality and cost – all while learning how to create and sustain high-performing organizations. Keep in mind that patients want accessibility and affordability.
  • Strategic nimbleness: Understand that reinvention will be key to your organization's longevity. Stay relevant by continuing to focus on access, data and quality for short- and long-term strategic planning.

So while an MBA is in great demand, focusing on healthcare can equip you to be most attractive to large, growing organizations.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MBA Degree

Courses & Curriculum

The subject-matter experts at Southern New Hampshire University have turned the traditional online MBA into a program that lets you practice the skills you'll need to lead healthcare while you're studying them.

Revised in 2021, the major courses have been trimmed down to 7 core courses in broad discipline areas, weaving critical cross-cutting business themes throughout each class.

Within your classes, you'll have the opportunity to participate in scenario-based learning projects. Solving a problem on your own or with a group, you'll need to apply critical and creative thinking, as well as problem-solving skills, in a real-world context.

Dr. Andrew Gallion with the text Dr. Andrew Gallion"The new program is more centered around creating the kinds of deliverables, including analyses and reports, that will be expected from an MBA in real-world practice," said Dr. Andrew Gallion, an adjunct instructor who contributed to the updated MBA curriculum. "While the exercises are academic, their application is absolutely based on actual scenarios in industry, and the resulting work products are measured against industry standards."

What's more, built into the courses are teachings that position you to earn industry-recognized credentials throughout the length of your program. That way, you're earning more resume-building skills even before you get your degree.

In addition to gaining a solid foundation in business management in your core classes, earning your MBA in Healthcare online can also expand your understanding of:

  • Social, ethical and organizational challenges faced by healthcare workers and how to effectively handle these challenges
  • Introducing and managing clinical information systems and their effects on patients and interdisciplinary teams
  • Current trends in healthcare informatics practices and how technology can improve patient care
  • Healthcare industry trends, including quality care initiatives, population health management, medical law and ethics, and other current topics

“Healthcare administrators support policies and processes for the delivery of care and services that impact our patient populations,” said Dr. Toni Clayton, associate dean of healthcare professions at Southern New Hampshire University. “It requires leaders to apply healthcare principles and methodologies as they manage people and processes."

The MBA in Healthcare Management online program may include classes like:

  • Healthcare Informatics: Dive deep into the history and current state of healthcare, as well as how the industry uses information systems to improve patient care.
  • Topics in Health Administration: Develop organizational processes and structures using the total quality management (TQM) approach to deliver health services.
  • Social & Organizational Issues in Healthcare: Study change management strategies, including the impact of introducing or enhancing clinical information systems and the effect of these systems on patients and on interdisciplinary teams within the healthcare setting.

"These courses, combined with the business curriculum, help students to expand business management theories and methodologies to a focus on healthcare delivery systems," Clayton said.

The healthcare concentration was designed to provide a solid understanding of business as it relates to the healthcare industry.

Thomas Scott with text Thomas ScottThat's why Dr. Thomas Scott '15 returned to school for a health-based MBA. As he was promoted up the ranks and moved over to the business side, he realized more and more of the conversations he was having were business focused. "Which is when I realized I needed to get a business degree, because a lot of the time I found myself sitting in meetings and not talking about medical stuff at all," Scott said.

Now, said Scott, responsibilities like creating budgets is no longer a mysterious process. "It all makes perfect sense to me now," he said.

Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.

Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. Our students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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