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:

3 different concentrations to choose from

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.

Gerontology

Gerontology

As the baby boomers reach their 60s and 70s, there will be a greater need for health care professionals who are qualified to work with the aging population. The gerontology concentration provides the skills that can help you thrive in a growing sector of the industry while improving the quality of life for patients as they age.

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.***

*http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2009/health_care/
**http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ecopro.pdf
***http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-13/health-care-spending-to-reach-20-of-u-s-economy-by-2021.html

“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.

Curriculum

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

Graduate Business Foundations*

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.

Graded Pass/No Pass only

*May be waived by the department chair for students with an undergraduate degree in business or equivalent experience.

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.

Economics and Health Policy

In this course students explore the relationship between the marcroeconomic environment and microeconomic conditions. Topics include indicators of economic activity, causes and effects of health care business cycles, and the impact of policy on decisions. 4 crs.

Health Informatics and Managerial Statistics

Managers rely on quantitative methods and techniques, using health informatics for analyzing risk and making decisions for service line and product development, marketing, personnel and patient services. Students learn key concepts in statistics and data analysis including probability, random variables and probability distributions in the context of various health care industry sectors. 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.

Accounting in Health Care

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 unique to the management of health care transactions and operations. Emphasis is placed on ways to use, analyze and interpret accounting data in planning and controlling organizational activities. 4 crs.

Financial Management in Health Care

This course helps students understand financial theory and its important applications. The focus includes the time value of money, risk and return, valuation, investment principles and the role of financial markets. Through real-world examples and practical exercises, students learn the concepts and terms used by financial analysts and strategists to make and evaluate sound business decisions in the course of managing health care operations. 4 crs.

Gerontology Concentration

Foundations in Gerontology

This course focuses on key gerontological concepts in the context of health care. Using a life course perspective, students examine emerging physical and social science theories and paradigms of aging. This course emphasizes the evolving role of health care in an aging society and the ethical principles and standards that govern business leaders who work with older adults. Topics include the meaning of aging, biological and normative aging, stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about old age and basic economics and financing of health and health care in old age. 4 crs.

Aging, Economics and Health Care

During this course, students explore the complex interaction of human, social and environmental factors that impact individual and population aging. Students examine the continuum of care for older adults, managed care in an aging society, health care rationing, aging and the family, retirement and leisure in old age, and public and private health care financing and reimbursement systems, including Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. Through the use of case studies, students analyze a wide range of topics, including workplace issues for older workers, marketing to mature consumers, governmental and private-sector programs for older adults, and moral and ethical issues related to disparities in longevity, vulnerable older adults and end-of-life health care decisions. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: HCM 525.

Politics and Public Policy in Aging

In this course, students examine the major normative, demographic, economic, political and ethical factors that inform aging policy in the context of health care. This course also focuses on major legislation and regulations affecting the development, implementation and evaluation of health care programs for older adults. Through the use of case studies and other exercises, students explore organizational change in the twenty-first century in the context of aging policy and synthesize legislative and regulatory issues and controversies that affect the health and health care of older adults in the United States, including political and public policy trends, the changing roles of governmental and private-sector agencies and emerging elder and disability law issues. 4 crs.

Prerequisites: HCM 535.

Hospital Administration Concentration

Leadership and Ethical Decision Making in Hospital Administration

During this course, students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal and practical perspective, with a special emphasis on making ethical decisions related to health care delivery and operations. Modern medicine and biomedical advances have challenged traditional notions of health care. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, students will examine the complex moral and ethical issues surrounding provider/patient relationships unique
to the hospital setting. The role of a leader in fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation is also addressed. 4 crs.

Hospital Operations

This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations in the context of integrated delivery models and systems in a hospital. 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 Hospitals

In this course, students gain an understanding of fundamental organizational, personal, cultural and competitive issues and challenges related to organizational change in the twenty-first century hospital environment. Various models of organizational change will be examined and critically evaluated for use in a health care setting. 4 crs.

Leadership and General Management Concentration

Leadership and Ethical Decision Making in Health Care

During this course, students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership from a theoretical, personal and practical perspective, with a special emphasis on making ethical decisions related to health care delivery and operations. Modern medicine and biomedical advances have challenged traditional notions of health care. Using an interdisciplinary perspective, students will examine the complex moral and ethical issues surrounding provider/patient relationships unique to the health care setting. The role of a leader in fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation is also addressed. 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

In this course, students gain an understanding of fundamental organizational, personal, cultural and competitive issues and challenges related to organizational change in the twenty-first century. Various models of organizational change will be examined and critically evaluated for use in a health care setting. 4 crs.

Health Care Capstone

Capstone

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.