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MBA with an Emphasis in Healthcare

Earn a MBA and Increase Your Career Options in Healthcare

Healthcare and health services are experiencing unparalleled growth and change. As a result, the demand for well-rounded healthcare providers to oversee all aspects of healthcare facilities and the services they provide continues to increase.

Urbana’s MBA with an Emphasis in Healthcare (MBA-Healthcare) integrates the functional areas of business with issues specific to healthcare administration. In this unique online program, you’ll build your knowledge of healthcare strategy and planning, operations, finance, accounting, economics, and global insurance models to position you for management and leadership in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

Discover a Graduate Program with Courses on Healthcare Policy

Urbana’s Healthcare Administration MBA is designed specifically for individuals working in the healthcare industry, including medical students. Equipped with the MBA-Healthcare, you will become more than a physician – you will obtain the skills of a business-savvy professional who understands the administrative aspects of a healthcare organization.

Our flexible and convenient MBA-Healthcare can be completed online in as little as two years depending on applicable transfer credit and the number of courses taken at one time. Urbana’s accessible healthcare faculty are committed to broadening and enriching your managerial perspective on the needs of today’s dynamic healthcare industry.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

36 Semester Hours
Course Sequence (36 hours)
MHC 500 - MBA Essentials Health Care (4)
This course prepares and orients students for the MBA Health Care Program. The MBA Health Care Program has eliminated the course prerequisites in business and uses this course to provide the basics of economics, finance, accounting, in addition to the general business essentials to be a successful student in the program. The course also provides the academic expectations for students and guidance for professional conduct.
MHC 502 - Managerial Economics - Health Care (4)
This course introduces different methods of analyzing and presenting economic information relevant to the development of general strategies for management. Theoretical concepts will be applied to various health care issue and policy implication. Theoretical topics for discussion include demand and supply analysis, production theory and cost analysis, an analysis of competitive strategies for different products or services within different market structures and game theory strategies.
MHC 503 - Mgmt Science & Operations - Health Care (4)
This course examines management science techniques used in modern health care organizations for assisting decision makers in today's complex and uncertain environment. Topics covered include linear and integer programming, decisions under uncertainty, simulation and game theory, and project planning and analysis tools. The course utilizes both mathematical model development and case studies related to the health care industry.
MHC 504 - Leadership & Org Behav. - Health Care Lead & Org Behav. - Hlth Car (4)
This course examines the human side of organizations. The role of manager within the corporate health care environment is examined to gain insight into those skills that facilitate leadership, organizational change and development, and managing human relationships for a health care manger to their subordinates.
MHC 505 - Managerial Acct - Health Care Managers (4)
This course focuses on developing those accounting tools which assist health care facilitators and management. Emphasis will be on interpreting capital budgeting of health care capital projects, cost derivation and measurement, product costing, cost systems and variance analysis, inventory valuation and control and capital expenditure analysis. The course emphasizes the interpretation of accounting reports and how these impart the day to day activity within a health care facility and family practice.
MHC 506 - Mkt Strategy for Health Care Org (4)
The course examines the marketing role within health care organizations. A managerial emphasis is utilized, focusing upon development of the organization's marketing policy and strategy, analysis and selection of markets to target, managing tactical response to a dynamic environment, and implementing the major elements of marketing policy. The course also analyzes marketing strategies for the non-profit health care facilities.
MHC 507 - Managerial Finance - Health Care Fac. (4)
This course examines the role of financial management in supporting and sustaining the functional areas of firms in health care related industries. Using cases and readings, students gain insight into the analysis of financial problems as well as the development of financial strategy for health care managers.
MHC 508 - International Health Care Ins Bus Model (4)
The course deals with a cross-cultural assessment of business practice and different insurance programs that focus on managerial implications, consumer behavior patterns, cultural values, negotiation styles, and the financial, legal, and political aspects of health care related issues. Cases and real world business problems and different health insurance systems will be used to gain decision-making insight into the different models of conducting global health care business.
MHC 600 - Business Strategy of Hlth Care Industry (4)
This course integrates prior studies and exposes future managers to the challenge of creating and sustaining competitive advantage within the health care marketplace, while maintaining sufficient profitability. Through extensive case studies students must utilize accumulated knowledge from their entire MBA Health Care program in order to successfully master the challenges presented in health care industry.


Manage Your Career in Healthcare 

The MBA-Healthcare equips healthcare professionals for leadership positions with a variety of agencies including hospitals, clinics, health centers, rehabilitation centers, physician’s practices, nursing homes, schools and insurance and pharmaceutical companies. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of all functional business areas and relate them to healthcare issues

  2. Demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills including the ability to recognize problems; analyze uncertain situations; interpret and use data and evidence to draw conclusion and solutions

  3. Develop professional skills of report writing and oral presentations

  4. Develop leadership and team skills

  5. Use management theory to solve organizational problems within healthcare environment

MBA with an Emphasis in Healthcare Requirements

Each graduate applicant is evaluated based upon program admission factors. These factors include but are not limited to the undergraduate education experience, which should demonstrate strong academic performance and previous work and learning experiences. These factors help to identify those students who possess the ability and motivation to benefit from enrollment in Urbana University’s graduate programs.

MBA with an Emphasis in Healthcare Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed graduate application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
    • As an alternate to having earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, admission will be granted upon successful completion of 90 semester credit hours of college-level baccalaureate degree-level courses (no developmental-level courses will count towards bachelor degree-level) and admission to a medical school. Graduation Requirement: Student must successfully complete the equivalent of 120 hours baccalaureate-level courses in addition to the Urbana MBA-Healthcare curriculum requirement (36 hours), for a total of 156 hours (not including developmental work).
  • Official college transcripts from any college or university previously attended, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Essay
  • Resume


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