MBA Healthcare Management Domains of Study
Areas of Study Within the
Master of Business AdministrationHealthcare Management Program
The WGU Master of Business AdministrationHealthcare Management program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of business and healthcare management. WGU's challenging MBA program is for individuals who already possess substantial healthcare management experience and seek to develop sophisticated management capabilities.
The following section includes the larger domains of knowledge, which are then followed by the subject-specific subdomains of knowledge.
Graduate-Level Business Core Domain
The graduate-level business engages students in an integrative, project-based approach to developing managerial competence through direct application of concepts in complex, problem-solving scenarios. Students demonstrate mastery in the following subject matter: leadership and organizational management, innovation, financial analysis, and products and customer relationship management.
Focuses on understanding the legal and ethical strategies for managing the human resources in an organization by creating reports, plans, memos ad presentations that address issues of constructive discharge, business ethics in practice, performance appraisal processes, team assessment, and succession planning.
Focuses on strategies for online product development, marketing, customer relationship management, and global expansion by creating a website for marketing a product/services and delivering key company messages.
Focuses on understanding and analyzing all types of team structures and how to make them effective and productive by participating in a team activity that focuses on the development of a leadership handbook and multi-media presentation.
Focuses on both financial and managerial accounting and how they can help managers react to situations and improve business operations by considering broadening base of business which requires assessing operations, analyzing the alternatives, and making a recommendation to senior leadership.
Focuses on leadership skills, corporate culture, balanced scorecards and communication by reviewing a case study of a merger of two companies.
Content focuses on the quantitative analysis used in operations management by using a case study involving a retail chain.
Content focuses on categorizing levels of risk and understanding how risk can impact the operations of the business through a scenario involving the creation of a risk management program and business continuity program for a company and a business situation reacting to a crisis/disaster situation affecting the company.
Focuses on identifying and establishing business practices that managers and business leaders need in order to implement the actions and attitudes required of socially responsible, sustainable, and environmentally friendly organizations by performing a sustainability assessment with a company.
Graduate-Level Healthcare Management Domain
The graduate-level healthcare management domain engages students in real-world, project-based management issues that are both manageable and integrated enabling students to apply theoretical principles to the challenges of the dynamic and ever-changing healthcare industry. Students demonstrate mastery in: healthcare environment, international healthcare trends, community health, healthcare economics and finance, healthcare operations management, healthcare values, policy and law.
Focuses on the importance of quality improvement, resource assessment, and organization plans in healthcare by developing compliance plans for a regulatory audit.
Service Line Development
Focuses on needs assessment, international healthcare trends, costs and productivity, revenue analysis, facilities management, negotiation, risk, management, and health policy by determining feasibility of a new service line for a hospital.