Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations (Master's)
Position yourself to strategically lead within healthcare organizations as they undergo changes related to policies, technologies, cultures, finances, and beyond. In this concentration, you will explore how value, quality, and price intersect and learn how to create and deliver on an organization’s visions and goals—within budget. Using case studies, you will explore practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. You will learn how to:
- Develop and administer strategic plans
- Lead and administer through change
- Identify successful leadership practices and techniques
- Manage budgets, finances, and healthcare economics
- Champion the value of healthy organizational culture in the successful healthcare management
Become a healthcare leader by effectively navigating organizational issues in order to deliver quality healthcare services while maintaining a harmonious workplace environment. Consult your advisor about electives or a certificate from any of the other Healthcare Leadership concentrations or from one of the other University College programs to enhance your career planning. Choose electives that prepare for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification examinations.
MS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HC 4000 - Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments
- HC 4010 - HC Communication and Leadership
- HC 4220 - Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
- HC 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HC 4901 - Capstone Project
- HC 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HC 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- HC 4005 - Healthcare Macroeconomics
- HC 4100 - Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
- HC 4110 - Healthcare: Innovative Strategies and Change Management
- HC 4130 - Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Healthcare Leadership programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Healthcare Leadership programs include:
- HC 4200 - Comparative Healthcare Systems
- HC 4210 - Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
- HC 4225 - Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
- HC 4230 - Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
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Careers in Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
Clinic Manager, Community Planning Coordinator, Healthcare Analyst, Hospital Administrator, Hospital Executive, Medical Strategist, Medical Strategy Consultant, Physician Leader, Practice Manager, Program Manager
Advocating for patients and programs; collaborating with department heads, governing boards, and medical staff to facilitate day-today healthcare operations; compiling and analyzing medical data; ensuring compliance with healthcare regulations; facilitating financial payments and reimbursements; implementing and reviewing policies and procedures; maintaining and organizing medical records; managing and scheduling staff; overseeing patient admissions; participating in strategic planning and development; performing quality assurance; supervising additional medical administrators
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for healthcare management professionals are projected to expand faster than the national average from 2012-2022. As the large baby boomer population ages and Americans as a whole focus more on preventative care, the demand for medical services is sure to rise. With that demand comes the need for skilled healthcare administrators to strategically plan, implement and manage medical programs. From managed care facilities and clinics to home health organizations and hospitals, healthcare leaders who competently leverage their administrative, financial, managerial, and organizational skills will be critical.
Careers In Healthcare Leadership
Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a Monster.com report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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