MHI, Healthcare Innovation, Health Administration

Master of Healthcare Innovation, Health Administration

It is widely recognized that innovation is essential to significant change in our healthcare system. There is a need to foster compelling new ideas to deliver better health and improved care at lower costs, particularly to those with the greatest health care needs. The Master of Healthcare Innovation with an emphasis in Health Administration is focused on policy and its delivery, law, ethics, care services and healthcare economics.

The MHI degree develops the competencies and skills to challenge status quo positions, lead organizational change, assess technological innovations, and safeguard the quality of care. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to introduce and apply new ideas, processes, and products as healthcare delivery moves towards prevention and patient-centered care. As an alternative to the health administration emphasis, students can customize their program to align learning outcomes with their individual career goals by selecting elective courses from related disciplines such as organizational leadership, health communication and business administration.

Program Modality

  • Cohorts: Students will be admitted twice a year: Fall 1 and Spring 1. Each entering group will be a cohort that takes classes together throughout the program.
  • Immersion: Two times during two years of coursework all MHI students will meet at Brandman's Irvine, CA campus for extensive relationship-building with faculty and students program-wide, capstone project seminars, and in-depth engagement in learning.
  • Healthcare Innovation Project: To integrate theory application, each student will design, implement, and assess an independent innovation project that makes a significant contribution to the field of healthcare innovation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Systems change and innovation: Appraise the process of change.
  • Evidence-Based medicine: Evaluate integration of research, clinician values, and patient needs in the decision-making process.
  • Culture and communication: Exhibit communication skills and awareness of cultural challenges in leading an organization and its clients through the process of innovation.
  • Data-driven decision making: Apply metrics for population management and outcomes evaluation.
  • Technology: Assess innovative technologies and communication applications that have the power to Increase affordability, improve clinical outcomes, and enhance quality of care.
  • Diffusion: Employ the environmental and operational strategies of adoption, regulatory processes, and operational strategies for implementation and management of healthcare innovation.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. Three recommendation forms
  2. Current and detailed resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Self evaluation
  4. Goal statement

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses (27 credits)

MHI 600 Concepts and Principles of Healthcare Innovation 3
*HAUU 602 Innovations in Technology and Information Access 3
MHI 610 The Business Case for Healthcare Innovation 3
MHI 620 Population Health: Metrics and Payment Models 3
MHI 640 Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation 3
*HAUU 651 Quality Management in Healthcare 3
DNPU 706 Transforming Healthcare Through Outcomes Management 3
MHI 660 Health Policy and Regulation 3
MHI 670 Healthcare Innovation Capstone 3


Elective Courses (9 credits)

Students may choose either a health administration emphasis (see below) or nine credits from 500/600/700-level courses approved by the MHI program director. Approved courses may include various disciplines such as health administration, organizational leadership, health communication, and/or business administration.


Health Administration Emphasis (9 credits)

HAUU 601 Healthcare Organization, Policy, and Delivery 3
HAUU 641 Law, Ethics, and Health Services 3
HAUU 645 Healthcare Economics 3



Total Credits 36