Face challenges in the health care industry and become qualified with management positions with this MBA specialization from Concordia-Chicago.

If you are interested in advancing your career and obtaining a management position within a health care-related organization, an MBA specialization in health care management will help get you there. 

Learning Objectives

This specialization addresses the unique attributes of health care organizations. Students are prepared to take on leadership roles and address specific managerial issues encountered in today’s health care economy. Students will develop critical thinking and fundamental business analysis skills. They will leave this specialization proficient at problem solving the operational and financial challenges that health care administrators face.

Specialization Outcomes

  1. Understand and analyze accreditation, regulatory, licensure, and compliance issues as they relates specifically to the healthcare industry.
  2. Apply and assess the economic supply and demand aspects of the healthcare service delivery model(s) and the impact on the organization and stakeholders.
  3. Identify and evaluate the major causes of global healthcare delivery, financial, management and political challenges and develop strategies to improve the delivery of  healthcare policy and services.
  4. Apply understanding of diversity, economic, ethical, and fiscal perspectives to healthcare management decision making aligned to healthcare reform initiatives and policy formation as it impacts the business and stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in use of technology to make and evaluate data driven decisions.

Career Possibilities

  • Hospital CEO, CFO
  • Head of Quality Improvement
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Health Care Association Director
  • Health Care Consultant

Career Outlook

The health care industry, including pharmaceutical firms, health care providers and hospitals, have an increasing need for MBAs who are knowledgeable about the health care system and skilled at management and administration.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Specialization Information

Health Care (12 hours)

MBAH‐6650 Health Care Systems I

MBAH‐6655 Health Care Systems II

MBAH-6670 Innovative Best Practices in Health Care Management

MBAH 6675 Health Care Analytics

MBA Healthcare Courses

MBAH-6650 Health Care Systems I (3 hours)

An overview of health care systems focusing on the role of values, assessment of health status and analysis of need, access and use of services, supply, demand, and distribution of health resources, analysis of health care costs and expenditures. Cross-Listed: HAL-6100.

MBAH-6655: Health Care Systems II (3 hours)

Examination of the private and public financing of health service, quality of care assessment, control of quality and costs of care, professional self‐regulation and compliance, leadership and administration approaches, and government regulations and system reform. Cross-Listed:  HAL-6150.  Prerequisite: C or higher in HAL‐6100. 

MBAH-6670: Innovative Best Practices in Health Care Management (3 hours)

This course is an examination of best practices in health care innovation management. It focuses on understanding specific methods and techniques of innovation employed by Malcolm Baldrige award recipients in health care innovation. Innovations in the U.S. health care system will also be compared with health care innovations in other countries. Students will focus on how to design and implement their own healthcare innovations. Cross-Listed: HAL-6400.  Prerequisite: C or higher in HAL-6100 and HAL‐6150. 

MBAH-6675: Health Care Analytics (3 hours)

This healthcare analytics course will introduce graduate students to using patient data, databases, and electronic medical records to manage and improve patient care as well as increase efficiency in both private and public healthcare facilities. The course also introduces the concept of clinical intelligence and explains the role of analytics in supporting a data-driven healthcare system. The course goes beyond data collection, to analyzing collected data and turning it into actionable information. Cross-Listed: HAL-6500.  Prerequisite: C or higher in HAL‐6100 and HAL‐6150. 

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.

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