The Walden University Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) program provides both current and future healthcare administrators and managers with the skills and understandings required for assuming leadership positions in:
- Managed care organizations
- Medical group practices
- Ambulatory, long-term care, and home healthcare facilities
- Insurance and pharmaceutical companies
- Consulting firms
- For-profit and nonprofit sector organizations
The program curriculum is aligned to healthcare management content areas as defined by national healthcare administration standards. Specific emphasis is placed on providing an understanding of clinical service delivery through analysis of the day-to-day operations in clinical support service activities.
At the end of the program, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate effective communication skills at the individual and group levels.
2. Identify the components of the healthcare delivery system and external environmental factors affecting the management of healthcare organizations.
3. Analyze laws, regulations, court decisions, and health policy that impact healthcare organizations and health services delivery.
4. Demonstrate ethical choices, values, and professional behavior in healthcare management roles/decision making.
5. Analyze the responsibility and operations of a healthcare organization to identify and resolve problems and improve performance.
6. Use statistical reasoning in interpreting quantitative and qualitative research and organizational data.
7. Demonstrate critical thinking and effective decision making through financial management, strategic planning, economic analysis, and quality assessment and improvement.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, perspectives, and expectations of clinical practitioners, how they differ from non-clinical staff, and the challenges these differences present for management.
- 36 total semester credit hours
- Core courses (36 sem. cr.)