MBA Healthcare Management Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Business Administration—Healthcare 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.

Graduate-Level Business Core

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.

Human Resources
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.

Financial Analysis
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.

Organizational Management
Focuses on leadership skills, corporate culture, balanced scorecards and communication by reviewing a case study of a merger of two companies.

Decision Analysis
Content focuses on the quantitative analysis used in operations management by using a case study involving a retail chain.

Risk Management
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.

Social Responsibility
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

The graduate-level healthcare management area of study 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.

Accreditation Audit
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.