Being Part of the Solution as an Integrated Healthcare Leader

Medical records. Systems. People. Technology. The healthcare industry is made up of a lot of complex components and rapidly moving parts.

In an ideal world, they’d all work together smoothly and seamlessly.

Integrated healthcare is a game-changing trend in the healthcare industry, a discipline that combines business acumen, a passion for healthcare, outstanding leadership, and a good broad knowledge of the diverse corners of the healthcare world, removes it all from its silos, and aims to build a system of caring for people and their health that’s much greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s a crucial movement in building our nation’s economic future and laying the groundwork for a healthier, more productive, happier populace. Which is why WGU has created the nation’s first competency-based M.S. in Integrated Healthcare Management degree.

Just like all of WGU’s degree programs, this integrated healthcare master’s degree program has at its core a list of competencies that a successful graduate must show mastery at.

These competencies were defined by an unprecedented group of experts with backgrounds including:

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Stratgegy Officer of The American Medical Association.
  • Former Vice President and Chief Administrative Office of the Mayo Clinic.
  • Leaders from healthcare giants like Intermountain Healthcare and Accenture.
  • Academic experts from places like Stanford University and Arizona State University.
  • AND the former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services!

These leading minds in the field of integrated healthcare have helped WGU craft a curriculum and identify learning resources that will create graduates with top-notch—and up-to-date—competencies. In an industry facing major changes in best practice and policies in areas like affordable care, patient protection, and quality assurance, it’s crucial that a master’s-level graduate be well-versed in the latest and greatest—and be armed with the know-how to remain current and cutting-edge well into his or her career.

Graduates of this program will actually create a portfolio full of artifacts, plans, and projects based on real-world problems—they will create quality-improvement plans, risk-management plans, health IT implementation plans, community health plans, and a capstone project that dives deep into the needs of a specific real-world medical system or company.

Among the specific things graduates of this master’s degree program will learn is Six Sigma process and quality improvement—a rigorous set of techniques that dramatically raises the bar on “good enough” for a company with stakes as high as those in healthcare.

Graduates will be ready to serve in a variety of senior positions in both clinical and nonclinical areas, such as:

  • Hospital administration
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Ambulatory healthcare services
  • Information technology/software companies
  • Federal and local government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Healthcare consulting

Some of the possible careers for an M.S. Integrated Healthcare Management graduate include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Chief administrator
  • Provider network executive
  • Ambulatory services executive
  • Home health agency president
  • Health system vice president
  • Department or division director
  • Behavioral health director
  • Clinical director
  • Managed care analyst

In the end, the graduate of this program will be a health-industry generalist, but more than that—he or she will be a trusted expert with knowledge and understanding of a broad range of specialties, ready to be a crucial connecting point in a newly integrated, efficient, effective healthcare system. Learn more »

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