Online MBA in Health Care Management

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The future of health care is in your hands.

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Focus on practical ethics and become an agent for positive change.

Our program is designed to help you keep up with the rapid legislative and technological changes that are sweeping through the health care industry. The MBA in Health Care Management addresses government regulation and policy, organizational leadership, finance, marketing, law and other critical components of the health care landscape using a systems approach to create a complete educational experience. The material is designed to be applicable in real time, as our world-class educators prepare you to use new knowledge and ideas in your work environment during the program. Before they become your professors, faculty members undergo a full five-week course simulation from the student’s point of view. Every aspect of the program has been created with you, the student, in mind.

The demand has never been greater for strong, ethical health care leadership. Centered at the crossroads of business management and health care, the online Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management provides hands-on training and theoretical knowledge that can help you become an agent for change in the health care industry. Unlike many top health care MBA programs, the Marylhurst MBA in Health Care Management lets you gear your education toward a specific area of study.

Choose from elective coursework in:

Leadership and General Management

Health care entails a diverse spectrum of specialties, including nursing, marketing and everything in between. The leadership and general management concentration delivers a broad-based look at effective management strategies to help you pursue high-level opportunities throughout the health care industry.

Hospital Administration

A successful hospital manager operates in a way that is both efficient and ethically sound. The hospital administration concentration explores operational models, decision-making strategies and performance improvement techniques to help prepare you for leadership roles.


Health Care Law

Study the practical survey of business law and the special considerations present in the health care setting. Topics include the legal environment, contract, antitrust concepts, labor law, commercial transactions, data privacy, patient rights, professional liability, defensive medicine and health care reform.

What you learn in our program is what you are going to be putting into action. You will be given the tools to go out there and be a change agent. Health care is not static. It’s evolving, and it requires lifelong learners.
Charles McGee, Marylhurst faculty
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Why choose Marylhurst University?

For more than 120 years, Marylhurst University (located in Portland, Oregon) has empowered students of all ages to change the world through education and mentorship. As a regionally accredited university, our dedication to the holistic improvement of our students led us to integrate the liberal arts into every degree program we offer. Also present in every Marylhurst program is a commitment to social responsibility and diversity in all its forms.

Since the mid-1990s, Marylhurst has offered online degree programs to accommodate working professionals in Oregon and beyond – serving students in more than 30 states and 10 countries. We believe online learners have as much right to small classes and high-level engagement as campus-based students. We believe in providing educational opportunities in which you can balance a job and personal life with academic responsibilities to earn a first-rate education.

Students leave here ready for the world. They're better people and better professionals.
Scott Mazzuca, Program Manager Online MBA in Health Care Management

A thriving industry

The job market within the health care industry has experienced major growth over the past 50+ years. From 1958 to 2008, the percentage of private sector jobs located in the health care industry nearly quadrupled from 3 percent to almost 12 percent.* Today, health care spending comprises nearly 18 percent of the gross domestic product in the United States, a number that only figures to rise in the coming years.** The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care industry will add 15.6 million new jobs from 2012 to 2022.***


“Health care has added 559,000 jobs since the beginning of the recession in December 2007.”

* Bureau of Labor Statistics

An evolving field

The legal and regulatory environment within the United States health care system has changed dramatically since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010. Policy shifts and changing insurance company practices, along with recent technological advancements and the digitalization of patient records, have created a huge demand for health care managers who can lead efficiently. Challenges, such as rising costs, staffing shortages and new policies, are very real, making it even more important for modern health care leaders to have an education that is practical and current.

“The need for transformative and ethical health care leaders is greater than ever before.”

Charles McGee, Marylhurst faculty

A world of career opportunities

In addition to a booming job market, the health care industry offers an incredibly diverse employment landscape. A health care MBA can help you succeed in any one of a broad range of career paths, including:

  • Nurse manager*
  • Health care consultant
  • Health informatics director*
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Patient advocacy manager
  • Hospital human resources manager
  • Long-term care administrator
  • Marketing manager, health care marketing firm
  • Chief medical officer*
  • Chief financial officer, hospital
  • Chief executive officer, hospital
  • Hospital administrator
  • Project manager, pharmaceutical company
  • Manager, private medical practice
  • Manager, health insurance company

*These professions require additional education or certification beyond an MBA.


Composed of twelve 5-week courses and one 10-week course, the Marylhurst online MBA in Health Care Management is designed to help you become the most prepared, resourceful leader you can be. Explore key business concepts, including marketing, accounting, finance and statistics. Develop expertise in the latest trends in health care technology and legislation. Garner the advanced skills and strategic knowledge to become an effective and ethical modern health care manager.

Health Care Core Courses

Foundations of Business

This course is intended to prepare students to be successful in an MBA program by introducing them to the following topics: writing and communication, accounting, economics, finance, math and graphing, statistics and Microsoft Office. Students without an undergraduate business degree, and students without professional work experience in a business-related field, will find this course particularly useful as they prepare for their MBA coursework. 5 crs.

Organizational Behavior

During this orientation course, students refresh their knowledge of key business subjects while being introduced to new academic concepts and graduate-level expectations. This course introduces both the theory and practical application of organizational behavior, the study of how individuals and groups impact behavior within an organization. Topics include decision making, motivation theories, individual and group behaviors, leadership, power and organizational politics, and organizational culture. 4 crs.

Managerial Economics

This course is designed to help graduate students develop an understanding of the basic concepts of economics. The focus will be on having students apply foundational concepts of microeconomics, including scarcity, ownership and markets to their personal decision making and professional life. In addition, students will learn the macroeconomics concepts of GDP, unemployment, inflation and interest rates, and how to research these variables and use forecasts to understand the application to their personal and professional life. Finally, students will learn some of the basic concepts of global economics, including international trade and exchange rates. 4 crs.

Managerial Accounting

In this course students learn accounting concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and financial reporting, special attention will be given to accounting information used to assist management in business operations. 4 crs.

Financial Management

This course is designed to help students understand financial theory and its important applications. With a focus on concepts including the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles, and the role of financial markets, and through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: MBA 521

Ethical Health Care Management: A Systems Approach

This course provides an in-depth look at the sectors that comprise the health care industry. Students identify internal and external influences within and around this complex system, and examine the dynamics between them. The role of technology and informatics, programs, models, systems of delivery, demographics, the regulatory environment, stakeholder issues and ethical implications will form the basis of this initial course in the program. 4 crs.

Contemporary Managed Care

This course is designed to provide a full understanding of the origins of managed health care from the 1970s through current applications in the United States health care system. The evolution of managed health care applications is evaluated from legal, social and ethical perspectives, with emphasis on benefits and limitations. Specific examples of managed care applications are examined and analyzed (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private applications). 4 crs.

Health Care Marketing and Communications

The growth of competition among health care providers provides new and exciting opportunities for marketing and communications activities. This course is an introduction to marketing management and research in the fast-changing health care industry. Beginning with marketing fundamentals, students gain expertise in product and service line development, public relations and communications, and patient centricity in diverse populations. Special topics include emerging business models in health insurance and treatment centers. 4 crs.

Health Care Law and Risk Management

This course is a practical survey of business law and the special considerations present in the health care setting. Topics include the legal environment, contracts, antitrust concepts, labor law, commercial transactions, data privacy, patient rights, professional liability, defensive medicine and health care reform. 4 crs.

Operations Management in Health Care

This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations in the context of integrated delivery models and systems. Emerging models such as accountable care organizations, outcomes and evidence-based care, and patient-centered medical home models are examined. Emphasis is placed on performance improvement through the use of tools including Lean, Six Sigma, and Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) rapid cycle. Topics will also include planning, organizing and controlling of property, plant and equipment, safety and emergency preparedness, and environmental services. 4 crs.

Change Management in Health Care

During this course, students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal, and practical perspective with a special emphasis upon leading ethically in healthcare. The course will discuss how organizational leaders address the growing importance of legal and ethical challenges in their decision making. Special topics include team building, gender issues, and leadership in diverse, multicultural, and global environments particularly as they relate to healthcare. Equally important, will be considerations for the various ethical methodologies from which to base leadership decision making related to various contemporary and controversial healthcare issues. 4 crs.

Health Care Capstone

Capstone Project I

In this course, students begin the process of synthesizing, applying, and demonstrating the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA in Health Care Management program learning outcomes. After rigorous research, students develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Using a wide variety of management tools students explore options, analyze critical information, and develop operational and communications plans. 4 crs.

Capstone Project II

In this course, students synthesize, apply and demonstrate the skills and competencies that reflect mastery of the MBA in Health Care Management program learning outcomes. After rigorous research, students develop a comprehensive strategic initiative. Using a wide variety of management tools students explore options, analyze critical information, and develop operational and communications plans. 4 crs.