Online Master of Healthcare Administration

The online Master of Healthcare Administration will help you develop the knowledge and critical-thinking skills required of today’s healthcare professionals. Focusing on the management of a wide variety of healthcare institutions, this graduate degree program will prepare you for multiple career paths and empower you to fully live out a life of learning, service, and leadership.

Preparing today’s healthcare leaders.

Healthcare reform in the United States has increased the number of job opportunities, making the health administration career field a promising occupational track. Recently named by Forbes among the master’s degrees affording the best long-term opportunities, a Master of Healthcare Administration will empower you with the strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities needed in today’s health service organizations.

Some of the benefits of Concordia University’s MHA:

  • Earn your degree in 24 months taking 1, 7-week course at a time.
  • Classes are offered in a blended format.
  • Project-based learning in your capstone practicum.
  • Unique focus on leadership through a series of 3 practicum courses.
  • Strong relations with local healthcare industries and practitioner faculty.
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Delivery options.

Blended delivery. The Master of Healthcare Administration is offered through a “blended” instructional delivery approach. Blended instructional models are growing in popularity because adult students appreciate periodic face-to-face classroom connection times while being able to complete coursework primarily online. That means less time on a campus, more time online, and the flexibility to fit continuing education into your home, family, and work life.

With this option, you will be able to participate in face-to-face classes at our campus during the first and last weeks of each class. This cycle repeats for each course taken during the semester, which allows you to stagger the coursework and experience the camaraderie of your classmates as you progress together through the program. In between those face-to-face sessions, you complete your work anywhere you choose to use your tablet or laptop.

Start dates.

The MHA program consists of 12, 7-week courses offered in a 2-year program format. Courses are offered during the spring, summer, and fall terms, with 2 courses offered each term. Applications are now being accepted for the August 2017 start date.

Term Start Date
Fall August 26, 2017

Leadership-oriented curriculum.

The MHA curriculum is designed around the core competencies that define professional excellence in healthcare administration: Leadership, Professionalism, Communication and Relationship Management, Healthcare Environment Knowledge, and Business Skills and Knowledge. In our unique series of 3 leadership practicum courses, you will apply theory to practice in the workplace while addressing current healthcare administration issues. In all of your courses, you should expect to experience problem-based learning, case studies, and applied research in the context of today’s healthcare environment.

  • Healthcare Administration Courses
  • 36 Units
  • MHA 571: Leadership I
  • 3
This course focuses on personal leadership development. It explores the nature of the professions through the Scriptural doctrine of vocation and provides an overview of the necessary skills and behaviors required of leadership in a healthcare organization through the implementation of a series of self-assessments. Tools for improved self-understanding of personal leadership styles and their impact on organizational functionality will be introduced. Final selection of topics for each offering is intended to reflect and address current health care management issues.
  • MHA 525: Financial Management of Health Service Organizations
  • 3
The course focuses on financial management and analysis of healthcare organizations. The course includes financial management concepts, capital acquisition, and cost of capital and capital structure, capital allocation, working capital management, forecasting, control systems, capital budgeting, and institutional financing.
  • MHA 572: Leadership II
  • 3
This course will emphasize the importance of team leadership and group dynamics through an overview of team theory and empirical findings appropriate for successful team design and facilitation in healthcare organizations. It will also emphasize the ethical responsibility of leaders toward team members. Final selection of topics for each offering is intended to reflect and address current health care management issues.
  • MHA 514: Healthcare Quality Assurance
  • 3
This course examines methods and tools for managing quality in health facilities, physician practices, managed care, and public health; including developments in quality assurance and improvement, utilization review, risk management, and patient satisfaction.
  • MHA 506: Healthcare Law
  • 3
This course offers a current and historical overview of the legal oversight and regulation of health care delivery in the U.S. It examines principles and practical applications of the laws that affect the operational decisions of health care providers, payors, and managers and that impact development of markets for health care products and services. Also considered are the social, moral, and ethical issues encountered in trying to balance the interests, needs, and rights of individuals against those of the larger society.
  • MHA 588: Long-Term Care Administration
  • 3
This course will review care provided to seniors within a variety of institutional settings (hospitals, nursing facilities, various senior housing levels) as well as outpatient and home care services. Special attention will be paid to nursing homes and senior housing options and their past, present and future role within the overall health care system in the United States.
  • MHA 516: Human Resources Management
  • 3
The course emphasizes concepts of human resources management through understanding and identifying the importance of human resources in health organizations, establishing the need for relating strategic planning of organizations to their human resource planning, examining role of organizational culture to understand behavior and productivity, and the legal environment pertaining to employment law.
  • MHA 512: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • 3
This course introduces students to strategic planning and marketing as they apply to health care organizations. During the course, students will develop practical skills in strategic management, such as internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and methods for evaluating strategic alternatives that can be used in different types of health care settings.
  • MHA 515: Information Systems in Health Services
  • 3
With a focus on the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, this course provides students with tools to facilitate effective gathering and analysis for implementation through the support of health informatics and data analytics initiatives. Students will learn the potential benefits of various informatics initiatives (e.g., electronic health records, laboratory reporting, patient portals) and implementation challenges for different types of organizations (e.g., hospitals, physician practices, health departments) and the management and use of institutional specific and national derived data.
  • MHA 501: Healthcare Organizational Management
  • 3
This course design is to provide an understanding of operations management with an emphasis on evaluating the performance of operating units, understanding why they perform as they do, designing new or improved operating procedures and systems for competitive advantage, making short-term and long-term decisions that affect operations, and managing the work force.
  • MHA 573: Vocation and Ethics in Healthcare Management
  • 3
Examines ethical issues related to professional practice and leadership through the lens of relevant Christian doctrines (such as vocation and two kingdoms), classical moral philosophy, and contemporary ethical theory. Prepares students to analyze and respond to ethical questions faced by healthcare managers at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. Relevant professional codes of ethics will be consulted and analyzed.
  • MHA 601: Capstone Practicum In Health Services Management
  • 3
This course culminates previous program learnings by focusing on leadership and management issues in health care organizations. The course provides students with a practice setting to examine and develop their own management skills. Designed as a team project, each team acts as consultants to a local healthcare organization, which has submitted a project proposal to the course. The teams define the issue and negotiate a contract with the client organization. By the end of the semester, teams present assessments and recommendations for action to their clients. The capstone course is an “integrative exercise” for MHA students prior to graduation. It is intended to simulate the integration of various disciplines–finance, human resources, ethics, policy, operations, and information technology–into a comprehensive and practical framework.

Project-based
capstone.

Your capstone course will be an “integrative exercise” that focuses on leadership and management issues in healthcare organizations. Designed as a team project, you will work with other classmates in a consultant role to a local healthcare organization who has submitted a project proposal. You will define the issue, negotiate a contract, and present assessments and recommendations for action. The course will require integration of various disciplines into a comprehensive and practical framework. In the process, you will have the opportunity to examine and develop your own management skills.

 

Well-connected in the healthcare industry.

You will receive the highest level of instruction from both full-time faculty and practitioner faculty with current, working knowledge in the field of healthcare. The professors in the MHA program are actively engaged in the healthcare profession, committed to the professional development of their students, and often stay connected even after graduation.

Additionally, Concordia University has developed strong relations with local healthcare industries, providing access to executives who lead and direct a diverse workforce and make for excellent professional resources. Some of these partnerships include:

  • Alzheimer Association
  • American Medical Records
  • American Red Cross
  • Autism Spectrum Intervention
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Fountain Valley Regional Hospital
  • The Friendly Center
  • Hoag Hospital – Irvine
  • Hoag Hospital Newport
  • Long Beach Memorial
  • Miller’s Children’s Hospital
  • The Ronald McDonald House
  • Silverado Senior Living
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital

Tuition and Fees

2017-2018 tuition and fees are listed here for your convenience, but are subject to change without notice.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $184
Tuition $600/unit

Apply now.

Students seeking admission to the MHA program will be required to submit the following:

  • A paper application (PDF) with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Statement of Intent: Written essay (250 words) of personal, professional, and educational goals for becoming a healthcare administrator.
  • One professional reference required
  • A current professional resume

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