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What is a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration?
Improve the experience of healthcare providers and patients by taking your place in a fast-growing and innovative industry. Make moves to advance your healthcare career by pursuing your master’s degree in health care administration online from the University of Arizona Global Campus.
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Topics addressed throughout the online MHCA curriculum include finance, economics, leadership, quality improvement, risk management, health policy, law, ethics, strategic planning, information systems, statistical reasoning, and human resources.
The focus of this course is on the application of advanced organizational principles in complex health care environments. Organizational issues, administrative processes and applications are explored. The managerial perspectives of a mid-to senior healthcare administrator are emphasized.
This course focuses upon the legal and ethical issues arising in the health care environment. Case study analysis is used to illustrate the ethical and legal implications commonly addressed in health care.
This course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of health care policy. Policy implications in organizational decision-making, strategic planning and market positions are examined.
Global health care needs continue to emerge as interchanges among peoples and nations increase. To effectively address these needs, health care administrators must understand the social, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health and be prepared to respond to challenges related to health and health care at the local, national, and global level. This course examines the historical evolution of global health challenges as well as the future trends that will continue to impact health and health systems worldwide.
This course applies health care data in real-world contexts. Factors such as service line identification, program planning, implementation models and outcome monitoring are covered.
Business Intelligence uses technology to transform and analyze data into presentable information for decision-making. Strategic planning is essential for sustainability and business intelligence tools help leaders make the decisions that will positively impact the bottom line.
This course provides the foundation for integrating health care finance and managerial accounting. Opportunities for analyzing current and emerging health care financing trends are provided. Practical cost-benefit strategies used in planning, controlling and preparing internal and external reports are emphasized.
This course focuses upon the analysis of health care operations and planning decisions derived from the theoretical concepts of demand, cost production, profit and competition. External and internal forces challenging health care services are analyzed. Organizational effectiveness and efficiency within the complex health care environment are emphasized.
This course examines a systemic approach to health care outcomes and risk management practices. Assurance of quality health services and organizational risk control is discussed using industry benchmark and accreditation standards and processes.
This course examines the concepts of supply, demand, profits, cost and quality control in a managed care environment. Stakeholder dynamics are explored. Factors such as population, health status, market forces, contractual adjustments, third-party payers, cost allocation, government policies, and legal and ethical implications are explored.
This course focuses upon the visioning and modeling of services and programs, both anticipatory and responsive, utilizing market-driven information. Students integrate theories from economics, information management, finance and leadership, culminating in the generation of a comprehensive business plan.
This course offers an opportunity for the integration of knowledge and skills developed within the program. The focus is on strategic and organizational issues unique to the health care environment. Students will complete a comprehensive, practical Capstone project for a health care-related organization.
To be awarded the Master of Arts in Health Care Administration degree, all students must complete 36 credit hours with a 3.0 minimum grade point average in all coursework attempted at the University.
Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Further, the University of Arizona Global Campus does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.
Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
Careers in Health Care Administration
Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in America*. The demand for qualified managers who have education related to health care administration is expected to escalate*. Use your experience and knowledge as a professional to seek a health care administration career in any of these areas:
- Health care office staff
- Medical administration
- Hospital operations
- Health care human resources
- Health care strategy
- Health service management
- Facilities management
- Medical information management
- Clinical research management
- Clinic administrator
- Health information manager
While many entry-level positions in health care only require a Bachelor's degree, the Master of Arts in Health Care Administration is typically required to advance to many senior management positions. Among the many health care careers available to graduates are:
- HMO administrator
- Contract negotiator
- Administrative services director
- Hospital administrator
- Clinical department manager
- Consultant health care administrator
- Health care program director
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*Residents of California are only eligible to receive up to six (6) credits due to state regulations.