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In addition to the satisfaction of helping families meet their healthcare needs, earning AU’s Healthcare Leadership concentration will give you a specialty that’ll increase your value in the job market. You’ll study healthcare finance and policy, the structure of the industry and how to evaluate and improve the business, clinical and satisfaction outcomes within healthcare organizations.

Gaining Expertise

The healthcare industry is interdisciplinary—everyone, from business managers to physicians, must collaborate to create the best possible outcomes for patients. Offered online, the three courses of this concentration will teach you the business and clinical perspectives of the healthcare industry:

Healthcare Structure and Policy

In this course, you’ll gain an overview of the United States healthcare system past, present and future, including policy development and implementation at the local, state and national levels. You’ll explore social, political and economic factors that affect everyone involved in the healthcare system—consumers, healthcare professionals and organizations. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to identify problems and develop recommendations for health policy issues while considering diverse stakeholder perspectives.

Healthcare Finance and Economics

You’ll be immersed in the financial side of healthcare, including insurance, payment methods, revenue cycle, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis. Learn how the principles of economics affect decision-making for consumers, healthcare providers and insurers. At the end of the course, you’ll understand the characteristics of public and private health insurance, evaluate emerging payment methods for health service providers and use financial information to monitor practical healthcare issues.

Improving Healthcare Quality, Safety and Outcomes

This course focuses on evaluating and improving the business, clinical and satisfaction outcomes within healthcare organizations. You’ll examine numerous quality improvement factors, such as patient safety, program evaluation, public reporting and value-based purchasing. After completing the course, you’ll be able to define ways to monitor, assess and improve healthcare quality, safety and satisfaction.

Your Future in Healthcare Leadership

The healthcare sector is one of the fastest-growing job markets, and industry experts predict that it will continue to be an area of strong employment opportunities long into the future. Your MBA coupled with this nine-credit concentration will prepare you for leadership positions across a wide spectrum of the industry. You could work as a manager or administrator at the following types of organizations:

  • Hospital or health system
  • Health insurance company
  • Medical device manufacturer
  • Pharmaceutical company
  • Management or healthcare consulting firm
  • Emerging industries/ startups
  • Health information technology firm
  • Medical clinic at a large company