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Master’s Concentration

Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

Position yourself to strategically lead a healthcare organization and understand how value, quality, and price intersect. You’ll learn how to create and deliver on an organization’s vision and goals—within budget—by exploring practice and system management, strategic planning, and change leadership. This program prepares you for the NAHQ Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) accreditation exam.

Earn a graduate degree and certificate at the same time.

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Top-ranked, career-focused education in a flexible format.

At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 9

Term Length
10 Weeks

Master's Degree
Tuition
$40,032

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

Develop and implement strategic plan

Manage budgets, finances, and healthcare economics

Champion the value of healthy organizational culture in the successful healthcare management

Curriculum

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

 

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 4900 Experiential Learning in Healthcare
HC 4901 Capstone Project 
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HC 4902 Capstone Seminar
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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 4100 Management and Leadership in Healthcare
HC 4110 Healthcare: Innovative Strategies and Change Management
HC 4130 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
HC 4005 Healthcare Macroeconomics
OR  
HC 4915 Experiential Learning in Business
Elective Courses

Popular electives for students in the Healthcare Management program include:

HC 4200 Comparative Healthcare Systems
HC 4210 Quality Improvement for HC Leaders
HC 4225 Healthcare Public Policy and the Legislative Process
HC 4220 Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
HC 4300 Health Equity and Justice
HC 4915 Experiential Learning in Business
HC 4805 Virtual Care: Opportunities and Barriers for Health Systems

Elective courses may be chosen from among non-core and concentration courses in the academic program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs. 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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Complete the following two courses with a grade of A− or above:

ICT 4200 Cybersecurity Foundations
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Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As healthcare workers navigate the global pandemic, skilled leaders with management, innovation, and policy knowledge are needed to advocate for patients.

Demand for medical group practice management is expected to increase as medical group practices grow and become more complex.

Job Titles

Chief Strategic Officer
Health Information Management Director
Management Consultant
Practice Office Manager
Business Administrator
Program Management Analyst
Administrative Director
Medical and Health Services Manager

Medical and Health Services Manager Salary: National Average

$101,005

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Theme: Job Satisfaction

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“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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