MBA in Health Care Leadership (online)


MBA in Health Care Leadership: Curriculum

Students in the MBA in Health Care Leadership program complete the following 34 credits*:

  • HMGT 695 Foundations of Health Care Leadership (2 credits)
  • HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 credits)
  • MGMT 512 Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HMGT 635 Population Health (3 credits)
  • HMGT 640 Health Care Finance (3 credits)
  • HMGT 660 Health Care Outcomes and Process Improvement (3 credits)
  • HMGT 690 Health Care Seminar: Informatics and Analysis (2 credits)
  • HMGT 650 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 credits)
  • MGMT 584 Management Communication (3 credits)
  • MGMT 550 Strategic Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change (3 credits)
  • HMGT 685 Health Care Capstone (3 credits)

* Students who do not have a business-related undergraduate degree must complete an additional 3-credit Foundations of Business course.

MGMT 501 Foundations of Business (3 cr.) Required for non-business undergrads only

A survey of functional areas of business including marketing, accounting, finance, economics, information technology, forms of ownership, and international business. This course is required for all graduate business students who did not complete foundation business courses in their undergraduate or graduate programs.

HMGT 695 Face-to-face Intensive: Foundations of Health Care Leadership (2 cr.)

This 2.5-day face-to-face session follows a seminar format in which students explore aspects of leadership in health care through case studies, discussions, speakers, and workshops. Students practice the thinking, writing, and technology skills that will help them succeed through the academic program and in their careers.

HMGT 630 Health Care System (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the structure of the healthcare delivery system and the providers, payors, and suppliers that comprise it. Learners will examine management and planning with the system as well as major health care policy issues.

MGMT 512 Leadership in Organizations (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide a foundation of leadership theory and skills to help students better understand themselves and work with others. Students will be exposed to leadership research literature and have the opportunity to assess their personal leadership behaviors and traits. This course will focus primarily on the core behaviors and perspectives needed for successful and ethical leadership.

HMGT 635 Population Health (3 cr.)

An examination of how health care delivery systems, community-based organizations, public health agencies, and others work together to create policies and interventions to improve the health outcomes of a population. This focus shifts the economic model from that of a “sick system” to a system of prevention and patient engagement. Topics in this course include rural health, education, risk, stratification of populations, and others, with a focus on the ethical issues and economic impacts of population health perspectives.

HMGT 640 Health Care Finance (3 cr.)

This course provides exploration of financial accounting and reporting, financial analysis, managerial and cost accounting, and budgeting in health care. Students will be able to apply financial techniques to the analysis of the health care environment, to improving value in health care services and to organizational decision making.

HMGT 660 Health Care Outcomes and Process Improvement (3 cr.)

This course focuses on identifying, measuring, and seeking to improve health care quality, patient satisfaction, cost, and employee engagement. Various models of process/quality improvement will be analyzed to equip the learner to be proactive as a change agent while using strong inter-professional communication skills.

HMGT 690 Face to face Intensive: Health Care Topics Seminar in Health Information Management and Data Analysis (2 cr.)

A dynamic learning experience focused on topics and skills that are associated with health care leadership and decision making. Students explore health information management, data analysis, and using data to lead change.

HMGT 650 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care (3 cr.)

This course examines legal and ethical issues affecting health care institutions and the management of risk within the organization. The content of the course will include an overview of the legal and regulatory constraints of the health care industry along with practical application of the laws that affect operational decisions within healthcare. Topics include demand, supply, redistribution and the role of government, risk management, and the ethical implications of current financial practices and economic imperatives. 

MGMT 584 Management Communication (3 cr.)

This course helps prospective and practicing business leaders assess and develop their communication skills relating to managing and leading others. Students will look at communication strategically and practically studying topics that will enhance their management and leadership skills. Communication topics such as presentation development and delivery, nonverbal communication and its relationship to effective managing and leading, conflict management, performance reviews and employee feedback, employee motivation and professional writing skill development will be addressed.

MGMT 550 Strategic Management (3 cr.)

This course equips students to develop and implement business strategies for sustainable change. Through an interdisciplinary approach and foundational knowledge of business strategy students will build a comprehensive foundation toward the implementation of strategy, sustaining strategy and organizational change in a variety of organizational settings. Particular emphasis will be on the achievement of sustainable performance through effective analysis, design, and execution.

MGMT 525 Systems Change Strategies (3 cr.)

It is important to be able to understand various philosophies related to organizational system analysis, development, and change. During this course, students will examine the critical components of successful organizational change efforts, including critical and creative thinking processes, and change theory. Students will analyze organizational case studies, evaluate causes of failure and factors of success in organizational development projects, and design optimal change interventions.

HMGT 685 Capstone (3 cr.)

Students identify a problem and create a solution that includes a determination of the return on investment for the project.  Projects are based on a systematic approach to appraise the related literature; collect, analyze, record, and interpret data; analyze outcomes; and synthesize the results.

MBA in Health Care Leadership: Learning Outcomes

The MBA in Health Care Leadership program prepares individuals for advanced roles in which they:

  • Create innovative business strategies and processes on the basis of systems thinking within the changing health care environment.
  • Ethically lead change through individual, team, organization and systemic collaboration.
  • Communicate effectively with a high level of professionalism.
  • Apply a strategic level of understanding of management, marketing, economics, quality control, budgeting, and informatics within health care to critically evaluate organizational issues within health care.

MBA in Health Care Leadership: Mission

The mission of the MB. in Health Care Leadership program of Viterbo University is to develop an influential network of informed, ethical, and effective health care leaders who are committed to making a positive impact on organizations, the community, and the world.