Health care organizations worldwide rely on teams of highly skilled professionals focused on the business practices that drive the industry. These valuable administrators, managers, and executives take active roles in shaping the world of health care through their leadership. Brandman University's Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in health administration prepares students to fulfill these high-level jobs by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to create positive change within their institutions and systems. Core curriculum ensures graduates are able to analyze and evaluate business functions and processes, plan strategically, integrate strong ethics into decision making, and apply the innovation process from creativity to solution design and implementation. Leadership principles are also embedded into the program to ensure students can positively guide their teams and health care organizations to future success.
Through the health administration specific emphasis course work students will understand the historical foundations of the American health care system and be able to identify trends in the health service industry. They will explore current medical issues such as increased market competition, major organizational restructuring and consolidation, the rapidly changing science base, and the impact of increased government regulations. Ethics and health care economics are also pertinent topics in the health administration degree curriculum and students are able to customize their education plans by selecting a final emphasis course that covers either technology and information access or quality management in the health care industry. Brandman's on campus or online health administration MBA is ideal for working professionals who want to move up within the field because it provides the flexibility needed to fit school into their busy schedules. Students may also explore the school's alternative emphasis areas for its MBA including entrepreneurship, organizational leadership, human resources and more help determine the right degree that aligns with their career goals.
Many health administration leaders work throughout the medical industry managing entire hospitals or clinics, offices or departments, nursing homes and other care facilities. They are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating services while being able to adapt to changes in industry laws, regulations, and technologies. It is common for professionals to hold graduate-level degrees and although certification is not required in the field, many professionals go on to achieve certification from the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management or the American College of Health Care Administration. Brandman’s School of Nursing and Health Professions also offers a fully-online Graduate Certificate in Health Administration for those who want to enhance their professional portfolios or complement their studies in a related field.
It is important for professionals in this field to be highly analytical and detail-oriented and have strong communication, interpersonal and technical skills. The job outlook for medical and health services managers is highly positive with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting projected growth of 23% from 2012 to 2022 . This high demand is being driven by the aging of the large baby-boom population, of which many are maintaining quite active lifestyles which will lead to an increase in demand for medical services. In fact, Forbes listed health administration as one of the eight best master's degrees for career stability making the online health administration master's degree ideal for aspiring professionals. Brandman University helps to educate high-quality, ethical professionals who can fill this need by creating positive and sustainable change within the industry.
All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher
Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.
Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):
|ACCU 602||Financial Reporting and Analysis||3|
|BUSU 610||Data Analysis for Decision Making||3|
|BUSU 620||Economic Analysis for Managers||3|
|BUSU 630||Business Process Analysis and Innovation||3|
|BUSU 650||Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability||3|
|FINU 607||Finance Management||3|
|HRCU 645||Human Resource Systems||3|
|MKTU 605||Marketing Management||3|
|OLCU 613||Seminar in Organizational Dynamics||3|
|OLCU 615||Organization Development and Change||3|
|OLCU 632||Leadership and Innovation||3|
|BUSU 640||Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone||3|
Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.
Health Administration Emphasis
|HAUU 601||Healthcare Policy, Organization and Delivery||3|
|HAUU 641||Law, Ethics and Health Services||3|
|HAUU 645||Healthcare Economics||3|
|Plus one of the following courses:|
|HAUU 602||Innovations in Technology and Information Access||3|
|HAUU 651||Quality Management in Healthcare||3|