Program Overview

Why an online Master in Health Care Administration and Management?

As America’s population continues to age, the demand for health care services is expected to grow rapidly. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in the field will grow 23 percent by 2022, significantly faster than average. That job growth includes not only those on the front lines, but also those who work behind the scenes to ensure that systems run smoothly and navigate complicated regulations and insurance needs. Now, earn the credential you need to be a part of this dynamic industry with an online Master of Science in Health Care Administration and Management degree from Point Park University.

Curriculum Overview

Our fully online MHA program focuses on topics critical to health care management, including health economics, health care policy and health care informatics. Courses are created by professionals for professionals and are focused on developing career preparedness. Professors who instruct online MHA courses have years of real-world experience, so students gain relevant, practical experience that can be immediately applied to the workforce. And since we care about student success, we offer a personalized education experience, with support from application to graduation.

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  • Next Start Date:January 7, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:2-3 Years
  • Credit Hours:36
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$595
 
Core Requirements (36 credits)
  • MHA 510 – Health Systems Administration and Management
  • MHA 515 – Accounting for Health Care Managers
  • MHA 520 – Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis for Health Care
  • MHA 525 – Marketing and Strategic Planning in Health Care
  • MHA 530 – Health Economics
  • MHA 535 – Health Care Policy Analysis
  • MHA 540 – Financial Management of Health Systems
  • MHA 545 – Ethics and Leadership for Health Care Managers
  • MHA 550 – Health Care Quality and Evidence-Based Medicine
  • MHA 555 – Health Care Law
  • MHA 560 – Health Care Informatics
  • MHA 565 – Global Health Care Administration and Management
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Theories, strategies and systems of managing healthcare organizations will be analyzed. Students will analyze administrative practices and procedures in health services organizations including certain information technology aspects, examine the evolution of organizational design, and appraise accountability relative to public trust. Continuous process improvement and healthcare quality management will be explored. The course will also examine the contributions of operations research and quality management to improve delivery and production of health services and business and computer processes from the perspective of the healthcare manager.
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This course provides an overview of financial and managerial accounting, with the focus upon the use of financial information within the healthcare sector to understand and analyze activities and operations. An objective is to develop an understanding of the basic structure and substance of financial statements from a user’s perspective. In addition, the course provides an understanding of planning and budgetary control systems and basic financial performance measurements.
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This course provides a general overview of statistical techniques, data analysis and quantitative methods used in healthcare. Probability theory and statistical decision models are covered. Forecasting, linear regression and correlation analysis leading to computer use for solutions will be the basis for a class project.
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This class will examine contemporary marketing topics in healthcare. Markets and their environments, healthcare goods and services from inception to final consumption will be discussed. Product, pricing, promotion and distribution issues will be analyzed. Overall strategic planning theories and methods will be explored.
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Health Economics deals with a diversity of complex issues. Student will learn to direct resources in an efficient manner to attain managerial goals defined by the healthcare organization. Students will learn to apply economic ideas, theories and methodologies in a strategic manner to enhance performance in the sector. Discussion of additional pertinent topics will provide students with further ways of utilizing healthcare economics tools and procedures.
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The core elements of healthcare policy analysis: problem definition; background; political, economic, and social landscape; development of policy options; and recommendations will be presented. The course will also teach the written, graphic, and oral presentation skills associated with policy analysis. Case studies of various healthcare issues will provide students substantive knowledge of the federal policymaking process and key issues in health policy. In the context of the discussion of the cases, in-depth historical background related to the policies addressed will be provided. Students should gain both a technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the operations of the health policymaking process.
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This course addresses financial principles and concepts as applied to the healthcare financial management of both for-profit and not-for-profit entities within the context of the current healthcare environment in the United States. The goal of this course is to prepare individuals for the responsibilities involved in maintaining a well-managed healthcare organization. Specific processes, functions and reports are presented in this course, including financial statements and reports as commonly seen in healthcare environments. This course will also include a discussion of financial management of challenges of particular interest to administrators such as identification of costs of care, and types of provider payment.
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This course examines how ethical leadership creates sustainable healthcare organizations, by helping students discover what values make a healthcare manager ethical and effective. This course exposes the student to concepts and theories of the ethical decision-making process so students can appraise the signs of an ethical dilemma in order to resolve conflict in the healthcare sector.
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This class will provide a thorough overview of what is considered true quality healthcare. This class will examine evidence-based practice (EBP). Students will explore what research is relevant to derive the best treatments options.
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The relationship of the healthcare manager to the legal foundations of the healthcare system is considered through theory and case studies. The legal and regulatory climates of healthcare operations are examined. The impact of international laws such as the act of state doctrine, and the effects of US legislation on multinational operations will also be considered.
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This class will examine information and computer science as it relates to the healthcare sector. Students will discuss methodology, guidelines and resources required to store and utilize information. Students will also explore electronic health record and its relationship to data gathering and mining.
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The facets, complexities and issues of administrating and managing healthcare organizations will be analyzed on the global level. Students will analyze the various administrative practices and procedures in health services organizations across the globe. This will include an overview of theories, strategies and systems of healthcare industries internationally. Issues with healthcare quality will be explored. The course will also examine world health issues from the perspective of the healthcare manager.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s Master of Health Care Administration and Management online program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete and sign application form.
  2. Submit current resume.
  3. Submit two reference letters from current or former employers, professors, and teachers (reference letters from family and/or friends are not acceptable).
  4. Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Students must have one or more years of professional experience in a business or health care field. Submit curriculum vitae with names and address of employers, dates of employment and short description of responsibilities.
  6. If candidate does not have professional experience as outlined in the requirement above, they may present Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores.
  7. International students must have a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution that may be accredited based on each country requirements. Official transcripts must be submitted. If transcripts are in local languages, they must be evaluated and submitted directly by the World Education Services. For further information, please contact World Education Services.
  8. Official TOEFL or IELTS results must be submitted if applicable (Point Park University TOEFL institutional code is 2676).

Career Outcomes

The BLS reports that the median annual pay for health care administrators in 2014 was $92,810 annually. A degree in health care administration and management can help you start a future in this rewarding field, and many opportunities are available, including:
Nursing Home Administrator

Nursing home administrators are responsible for overseeing the operations of nursing homes for the elderly. These professionals plan and implement nursing services for residents; balance budgets; manage financial issues related to insurance, risk management and contracts; train staff members; and ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.

Clinical Manager

Clinical managers are uniquely responsible for providing a mixture of clinical care and administrative oversight within clinics or medical offices. They may manage treatment strategies for patients, schedule staff coverage and patient appointments, oversee non-physician personnel, ensure proper equipment and supplies are purchased, and monitor budgets, among other duties.

Health Information Manager

The role of health information managers is to collect electronic health records and regulate their use. Health information managers may help plan budgets and financial reports, ensure a facility’s compliance with regulatory agencies, supervise the release of health information and manage staff, among other responsibilities. These professionals usually work for hospitals and community care clinics, health departments and even health insurance companies.

Nurse Administrator

Nurse administrators generally work as case managers for assisted living facilities and organizations that provide in-home nursing services. They may hire staff, collaborate with upper-level management to ensure quality patient care, oversee patients, plan budgets, ensure compliance with state and federal regulations, and more. To be successful in their line of work, nurse administrators must demonstrate a high degree of skill in interpersonal interaction.

Community Health Manager

Community health managers work to ensure that public health-based organizations function to the best of their abilities. They may plan and execute community health services, prepare and review budgets, write grants, and establish priorities and benchmarks for their organizations, among other responsibilities. Community health managers sometimes work in tandem with other entities such as stakeholders and organizational partners.

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