If you've set your sights on a leadership role in the healthcare field, but aren't interested in a clinical position, then a career in healthcare administration could be for you. Healthcare management provides the unique opportunity to combine the best in business standards with the highly focused principles, concepts, systems and practices of the healthcare 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 a variety of areas, including:
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.
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.
Healthcare is a unique and complex industry that undergoes frequent changes based on developments in technology and medical practices, as well as political and policy changes. As such, leaders in the healthcare field need a strong understanding of the industry to successfully lead a medical facility or other healthcare organization. The master's in healthcare administration online curriculum was developed by well-respected practitioners in the field and is aligned with standards from:
Following these standards, our rigorous online MS degree can 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 5 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% 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% 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:
Advisory boards of healthcare professionals from a wide variety of occupations within the industry regularly review the curriculum and coursework for the online master’s in healthcare administration, ensuring the program is on the cutting-edge of healthcare leadership. With this vital input from industry experts, SNHU’s online master’s in healthcare administration will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for top healthcare administration positions, from communication and critical thinking skills to relationship management and an in-depth understanding of the healthcare environment.
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.
This course provides students with broad foundation in the structure of healthcare delivery systems; the political, financial and social constructs affecting the healthcare systems; and how policy and social determinants of health influence access, equity and outcomes in health. Utilizing this foundation and authentic real world scenarios, students will evaluate the efficacy of existing policy and interventions as well as lead interdisciplinary teams in the design of culturally relevant strategies to prepare students to advance the health for a specific population.
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 provides students with a basic foundation of biostatistics and its role in public health and health sciences. The course covers the statistical principles that govern the analysis of data in public health and health sciences. Included in this course are exploratory data analysis, probability theory, confidence interval testing, hypotheses testing, power and sample size determination, and multivariable methods.
Gain a broad view of US healthcare quality including its evolution and trajectory given the dynamic US healthcare landscape and changing demographics. Explore key concepts including the integration of health information and technologies to promote healthcare quality at the organizational level.
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.
Examine key regulatory procedures and human resource requirements as they relate to applications in organizations. Analyze 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. Study concepts aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK).
This course is a study of planning, budgeting, control and other management activities in the context of the not-for-profit institution.
This capstone course will integrate previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize and integrate prior learning to design, develop, and execute a capstone as a culmination of their studies. The course will be structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements and developing a well-thought-out, comprehensive project.
Total Credits: 36
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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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