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Master’s Concentration

Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

Develop long-term solutions to the healthcare challenges we face today by learning to shape, interpret, and implement policies that impact healthcare systems and patient safety. You’ll develop a robust understanding of healthcare systems, legislative procedures, and quality improvement as they each relate to healthcare policy. This program prepares you for the NAHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) accreditation exam.

 

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
April 1

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$38,688

Format
Evening or Online

Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Duration
As few as 18 months

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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You’ll Learn

Create effective and lasting healthcare public policy

Manage change and innovation

Ensure quality assurance through professional standards and accreditation

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Healthcare Management with a concentration in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

 

All students are required to complete a zero-credit
Student Success Course.

5

Core Courses

4

Concentration
Courses

3

Elective Courses

Core Courses

Learn the scope of activity, historical development, and future direction of the industry. These courses provide a foundation that you'll draw on throughout your concentration and elective courses. The capstone serves as the culminating academic experience in which you'll explore a problem of practice in your field of study.

HC 4000 Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments
HC 4010 Healthcare Communication and Leaderships
HC 4015 Healthcare Finance
HC 4910 Research Practices and Applications
HC 4901 Capstone Project 
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HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
OR  
HC 4904 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar 
Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

HC 4200 Comparative Healthcare Systems
HC 4210 Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
HC 4220 Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
HC 4225 Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
OR  
HC 4230 Implementation and Evaluation of Healthcare Public Policy
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Healthcare Management program include:

HC 4005 Healthcare Macroeconomics
HC 4100 Management and Leadership in Healthcare
HC 4110 Healthcare: Innovative Strategies and Change Management
HC 4130 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
HC 4900 Experiential Learning in Healthcare
HC 4915 Experiential Learning in Business

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Healthcare Management program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

 

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Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership.

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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Healthcare Policy and Regulatory Leadership

Opportunities for healthcare professionals is projected to grow 16% through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created will be related to healthcare.

Aging populations and demand for better preventative care will impact individual companies that must continually update their healthcare offerings, making people with healthcare policy expertise even more valuable.

As healthcare regulations and insurance policies continue to become more convoluted, having the skills to interpret the rules accurately will be beneficial.


Job Titles

Chief Compliance Officer
Director of Compliance
Corporate Operations Compliance Manager
Internal Review and Audit Compliance
Regulatory Consultant
Compliance Officer
Regulatory Affairs Portfolio Leader
Quality Control Analyst

Compliance Manager Salary: National Average

$108,461

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

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Theme: Job Satisfaction

Healthcare Management

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and has contributed to my self-esteem, to my career, to [my company] overall…” —Jennifer Hines, graduate.

Flexible Online Classes

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We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you'll learn what employers are looking for, and gain the most current information with a view to future industry trends, connecting you to future success.
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Robert Casanova

Performance Improvement Consultant

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Holly Davis

Director of Medical Staff Services, Saint Joseph Hospital

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John Dicola

Former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Catholic Health Initiatives

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Chris Hadley

Founder & President, Denver Medical Study Group

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Evon Holladay

Former Vice President, Enterprise Intelligence

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Edmond Toy

Director, Colorado Health Institute

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Marion Jenkins

Partner and Co-founder of HealthSpaces

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Mark Levine

Clinical Professor, the University of Colorado School of Medicine

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Bruce Johnson

Shareholder, Polsinelli

Accreditation

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.


HIMSS Organizational Affiliates

The HIMSS Academic Organizational Affiliate program shares industry knowledge and educates our students on critical issues in health information and technology by offering complimentary student memberships to HIMSS and other key benefits.

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Curriculum Alignment

To ensure our programs meet industry needs, the curriculum is closely aligned with national organizations such as the American College of Healthcare Executives and Medical Group Management Association, as well as local organizations such as the Denver Medical Study Group.

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