An Online, Executive Health Leadership Program Focused on Value-Based Care
What is value-based care? It's a transformational approach to health and healthcare administration that emphasizes outcomes rather than procedures. It incentivizes a personalized approach to delivering the right support at the right time to maximize the health of individuals, communities, and populations.
This shift away from fee-for-service toward understanding and maximizing health needs early and throughout the healthcare journey puts prevention and well-being front-and-center. As more and more of the industry moves toward value-based care, including major insurance providers and government agencies, there is huge demand for health administration leaders with a deep passion for—and a keen understanding of—value-based care. A master's-educated healthcare practitioner can build a strong, fulfilling career on helping drive this crucial movement in American healthcare.
Compare degrees: The Master of Health Leadership is not WGU's only degree designed to create leaders in the field of healthcare. You may also be interested in our MBA Healthcare Management program or one of our M.S. Nursing – Leadership & Management programs (with options for nurses with or without a current BSN). Compare our health leadership degrees here.
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Transfer credit is accepted*
of your coursework (up to 8 competency units) taken at the graduate (master's) level at a nationally or regionally accredited institution can be transferred to this WGU program.
*Courses must have been completed within the past five years with an earned grade of "B" or higher.
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Collaborative Leadership provides an opportunity to apply collaborative leadership skills to better serve diverse communities. Students will develop a process innovation with community leaders in a diverse population emphasizing a cultural competence. This course has no prerequisites.
Innovative Solutions in Health Leadership provides an opportunity to explore healthcare innovations through comparison research, application of disruptive leadership concepts, and advanced technology applications. Students will apply strategic innovation concepts to improve critical patient dissatisfiers in a healthcare setting. This course has no prerequisites.
Healthcare Models and Systems provides an opportunity to analyze the evolution of healthcare models and systems. Students will apply leadership strategies to manage organizational changes and community affiliations. This course has no prerequisites.
Quality Improvement in Healthcare provides an opportunity to apply quality improvement principles and strategies in a high-volume Level 1 trauma center. Students will apply disruptive leadership strategies to implement quality-improvement procedures in a fast-paced healthcare environment. This course has no prerequisites.
Healthcare Financial Management provides an opportunity to apply strategic change management principles through the application of fiscal management and data analysis in a healthcare environment. This course will examine strategies to increase value, sustainability, and productivity in a patient-centric environment. This course has no prerequisites.
Analytical Methods of Health Leaders provides an opportunity to explore the use of predictive analysis and forecasting techniques to develop evidence-based decision making. Candidates will apply quality research and analytical analysis to inform decisions in a health management environment. This course has no prerequisites.
Enterprise Risk Management provides an opportunity to examine risk exposure and response and risk mitigation within an integrated care delivery model. Students will apply practices to identify risks and develop sustainable corrective action plans. This course has no prerequisites.
Healthcare Information Technology provides an opportunity to examine the use of technology in data analysis and applications to improve outcomes in a patient-centered care environment. Students will apply strategic analysis to improve technology function and interoperability within a community healthcare cooperative. This course has no prerequisites.
Population Healthcare Coordination provides an opportunity to examine population healthcare strategies and community collaboration to impact at-risk demographic groups. Students will apply strategic change management and data analysis to develop health initiatives for a large-scale population. This course has no prerequisites.
Integrated Health Leadership provides an opportunity to examine integrated healthcare delivery systems and person-centered care models for innovative solutions to critical challenges. The student will apply principles of collaborative leadership, disruptive change, and catalyst evaluation to develop a holistic integrated healthcare system. This course has no prerequisites.
Challenges in Community Healthcare provides an opportunity to explore organizational leadership and problem-solving methods to collaborate with community leaders in a high-stakes healthcare environment. Students will apply collaborative leadership skills and evidence-based practices as they develop community relationships to resolve critical issues in community health management. This course has no prerequisites.
The capstone is a student-designed project intended to illustrate the student’s ability to effect change in the industry and demonstrate competence in all five program outcomes: transformational leader, value innovator, tactical manager, analyst, and integrated systems expert. Students are required to collaborate with leaders in the healthcare industry to identify opportunities for improvement in healthcare, propose a solution, and perform a business analysis to evaluate its feasibility. In addition, the capstone encourages work in the healthcare industry that will be showcased in the student’s collection of work and help solidify professional relationships in the industry. This course has no prerequisites.
Program consists of 12 courses
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Special requirements for this program
WGU’s online Master of Health Leadership includes a capstone project that challenges you to collaborate with leaders in the healthcare industry to identify opportunities for improvement in healthcare, propose a solution, and perform a business analysis to evaluate its feasibility.
WGU tuition is charged per six-month term, not per credit. That means if you want to move faster through this healthcare administration program, you'll pay less.
On Your Schedule
You can continue working at your full-time job or maintaining your responsibilities while pursuing your online master's in health leadership. You don't have to log-in to classes and there aren't due dates. You are in charge of your degree. It’s surprisingly affordable.
When you enroll in the healthcare leadership program at WGU, you join an impressive network of healthcare professionals. Over 18,000 students earned healthcare degrees from WGU in 2020 alone, and are hard at work, changing the lives of patients and impacting communities.
One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.
Transfer Credits Accepted
Now's the time to advance your healthcare career with a master's degree:
- Transfer up to 8 competency units (24%) of your courses taken at the graduate (master's) level at an accredited institution to this WGU degree program. Courses must have been completed within the past five years with an earned grade of "B" or higher.
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Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and oftentimes unpredictable for today’s busy professionals. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how online education should be in today’s world. No disruptions at work. No rigid class schedules. No barriers to earning your degree on your own terms. Just a solid, career-focused Master of Health Leadership program that meshes seamlessly with your current lifestyle.
Other universities' online programs may give you the convenience of distance learning; WGU's competency-based online programs take that flexibility further—many steps further!
Value-Based Care: Foster Change and Improve Efficiency in a Complex Health System
It's time to apply your leadership skills to improving health outcomes for individuals, communities, and populations! Healthcare facility leaders and policymakers with a current understanding of the characteristics of care coordination, collaborative leadership techniques, challenges in community health, and strategic approaches in innovation are needed to improve organizational efficiencies and operations. This online Master of Health Leadership degree program is your opportunity to build the next phase of your healthcare career and positively influence others in your industry.
What jobs could a Master of Health Leadership graduate be eligible for? Here are just a few: chief executive officer, chief operations officer, chief administrator, provider network executive, home health agency president, health system vice president, ambulatory services executive, department or division director, behavioral health director, clinical director, or managed care analyst.
Return on Your Investment
What is a Healthcare Manager’s Salary?
Across the United States and around the world, value-based care has skyrocketed in popularity as a solution to the historical fragmentation in the health system. Delivery of services in silos and a fee-for-service reimbursement model are being replaced by an approach that aims to emphasize and incentivize outcomes instead. This can improve overall health, not just healthcare—and it can also boost your career’s trajectory. In May 2017, medical and health services managers in the United States earned a median yearly salary of $98,350, according to the BLS. However, top-level healthcare executives can earn much more than that—especially in large organizations. For example, the median annual base salary for the CEO of a healthcare system with more than $1 billion in annual revenue is $950,000, and the median base salary for the top managed care executive at a hospital is $223,000.
WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers
Hospitals and clinics around the country know the benefit of a master's degree from WGU, so your healthcare degree is valuable.
Admissions Requirements Unique to This Master of Health Leadership Degree
To be considered for this master's degree program, you must be able to demonstrate healthcare experience through one of the following methods:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and experience in healthcare or healthcare-related industry.
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and obtain MHL program chair approval.
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An online Master of Healthcare Administration is a degree that prepares you for executive roles inside the healthcare industry, giving you skills in management, budgets, and other crucial areas for success. A Master of Health Leadership degree provides similar training and is a great option if you want to work as a healthcare executive.
The best degree to choose will depend largely on your career goals. However, a Master of Health Leadership and Master of Healthcare Administration degree program will cover almost all of the same competencies and both will prepare you for a future as a health leader. Often a Master of Health Leadership degree will have a larger focus on management, and may be a better fit if you want to pursue certain leadership positions in the healthcare industry.
A master's degree in health leadership may qualify you for the following jobs:
- Healthcare executive
- Medical and health services manager
- Healthcare administrator
- Hospital administrator
- Nursing home administrator
- Clinical manager
- Health information manager
There are many master’s degree programs in healthcare, and one is not necessarily better than another. The degree you pursue depends on your career goals and the skills you already have in healthcare or management. If you’re looking to pursue a career as a health executive or leader, a master’s degree in health leadership could be the perfect fit.
MHL stands for Master of Health Leadership. A master’s degree in health leadership will focus on collaborative leadership, health systems, financial management, and other crucial leadership areas that will help you thrive as a healthcare executive. If you’re looking for a management or executive-level position in healthcare, an MHL is an ideal career choice.
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