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Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare

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MBA in Healthcare Perks

  • Enrollment is made simple - No lengthy interview process, no GRE/GMAT requirement.
  • The master's degree can be completed in 24 to 30 months, with options for shorter or longer plans of study.
  • 100% online format allows students to advance their educational goals while balancing personal and professional responsibilities.
  • Our flexible elective portion of the curriculum allows students to customize their educational experience.
  • Most of our courses are ten weeks long, with scheduled breaks every five weeks.

Healthcare leadership and management roles are in demand as hospital systems and clinics strive to keep pace with shifting demographics, increasing use of big data, technological advancements, and evolving payment models. Nebraska Methodist College is prepared to meet that demand by educating business professionals who seek to offer a compassionate approach to administration as they embrace the challenges of the future.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare is a fully online program. Each course is taught through the lens of health services delivery, creating leaders who both anticipate change, and stand at the forefront of a new healthcare management model.

As a health professions institution, we are uniquely situated to help future executives address the challenges faced by healthcare organizations in the 21st century. Our experienced faculty provide MBA students with a skillset that includes effective communication, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving abilities.  Students will be able to lead strategically in healthcare settings, developing human capital skills alongside business acumen to meet the ever-changing healthcare market.

In addition to the core healthcare business curriculum, students in the program select five elective courses from a pool of available courses in the areas of healthcare administration, informatics, and quality improvement. Students select electives based on their unique educational interests, professional goals, and schedule. With classes launching multiple times throughout the year, the time is right to begin building a future in the business of compassion. It all starts with an education from Nebraska Methodist College.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services manager jobs will have a much faster than average growth rate of 20 percent from 2016 to 2026. Although salary ranges vary by state, the BLS lists the median salary for such managers in May 2018 as $99,730 per year.

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Accreditation

Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Costs & Financial Aid

The Master of Business Administration in Healthcare program tuition cost per credit hour is $719. Attending Nebraska Methodist College represents a major investment in your future. For most students, attending college takes planning and sacrifice. NMC recognizes this and is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees for the online Master of Business Administration in Healthcare.

Financial Assistance

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Student Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour $719

Admissions

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor degree (or higher) from an accredited university or college - does not have to be in healthcare
  • Bachelor degree GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Non-Nebraska residents meet State Authorization Regulations
Deadlines

Students interested in the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone.

Requirements

To be considered for the admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)
  • Summer (May)
  • Rolling
  • Rolling
  • Rolling

Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 42 credit hours. All students in the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare program are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

MBH 655
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course emphasizes the role of information systems in healthcare organizations and how information is used to improve healthcare processes, organizational performance, project management, and business strategy. Fundamental principles of data storage, processing, management, and reporting of health information will be discussed, as will the selection, implementation, and evaluation of IT systems. Case topics will scan a broad range of contemporary issues including clinical decision support, telemedicine, disease surveillance and public health, research applications, and legal and ethical issues related to information technology.

MBH 656
CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS
3 credit hours
Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice and focuses on the consumer use of electronic information to guide healthcare outcomes. This course will cover the implementation of strategies and technologies that improve patients, families and the community access to healthcare; CHI applications, health literacy and trends, opportunities and future challenges. Cross-listed with MSN 562.

MBH 657
REGULATORY, LEGAL & ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS
3 credit hours
The utilization of health information technology in society has increased the need to ensure privacy and security of patient health information. This course will review regulatory, legal, and ethical philosophies of informatics in healthcare. Topics will include the history and standards of HIPAA; the impact on system implementation, management, and evaluation; and the role of the informaticist in the protection of the patient. Cross-listed with MSN 564.

MBH 658
HEALTHCARE IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
Project management expertise is essential for the effective management of projects that successfully meet their objectives, delivered on time and within budget. This course combines project management principles with healthcare IT tools to improve the student’s ability to provide strategic leadership, manage teams, focus resources, and generate impactful results with the greatest potential cost savings to improve the quality of care in the healthcare setting.

MBH 659
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND APPLIED HEALTHCARE ANALYTICS
3 credit hours
This course combines computer-based methods to analyze health data with the tools used by healthcare leaders to retrieve, report, and present data as part of an informed decision-making process. Topics covered include data warehousing, data mining, data visualization, and technology architecture. Case studies will help prepare students for delivering managerial presentations of their analysis and findings.

MBH 671
INTRODUCTION TO SIX SIGMA QUALITY MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
This course will provide an understanding of design and implementation of quality improvement systems. The Six Sigma methodology is a systematic application that focuses on achieving financial gains and increasing customer satisfaction. Emphasis is placed on the DMAIC problem solving process, which is designed to improve effectiveness. When this process is properly applied significant defects, process waste, and out-of-control processes lead to business gains. Beginning with the define phase of the DMAIC process voice of the customer is analyzed. Process effectiveness will be analyzed to identify root causes of process inefficiencies, elimination of these inefficiencies and developing process improvement practices in the healthcare industry. Basic Lean Six Sigma metrics will also be presented.

MBH 674
LEAN SIX SIGMA IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
The central focus of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste within an organization. This course explores lean principles such as specify value, value stream and flow. Understanding value is a critical competency in a Lean culture. By targeting waste a Lean culture is able to focus on key processes in an effort to increase value. The benefit of a Lean culture is that these principles are adaptable to any industry and applicable to every process. Finally, exploration into Lean sustainability is analyzed following the successful adoption of Lean within an organization.

MBH 681
HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of the structure, management, financing, and regulation of healthcare delivery systems in the United States. A wide range of principles and topics are discussed, including managed care techniques, reimbursement systems, and the role of government in healthcare delivery, policy, and system reform.

MBH 682
QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course introduces healthcare administrators to principles and processes of quality management and performance improvement in healthcare. Effectiveness standards, risk management, best practices, benchmarking, and other concepts related to quality improvement and quality outcomes will be discussed. Current issues, datasets, evaluation tools, and the roles of quality monitoring agencies will also be studied.

MBH 684
STRATEGIC MARKETING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS
3 credit hours
This course delivers marketing principles and skills related to developing marketing research, target marketing, branding, marketing strategies, marketing design, and measuring marketing effectiveness that culminate into the development of an original marketing plan.

MBH 686
HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT
3 credit hours
This course focuses on the foundational concepts of leadership, workplace behavior and ethics, and organizational management in healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of principles and processes of organizational theory for improved communication, fostering corporate culture, and strategic decision-making. Attention will be placed on the assessment and application of managerial best practices while strategically planning for performance excellence within a complex healthcare organization.

EDD 786
ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES & SUSTAINABILITY
3 credit hours
This course equips students with concepts and strategies necessary to analyze system performance, healthcare outcomes, and evaluate impact. Students will learn to make evidence-based recommendations for interventions based on the data. Students will develop skills to design a comprehensive plan for quality improvement and sustainability.

MBH 600
HEALTH SYSTEMS, INFORMATICS & LEADERSHIP
3 credit hours
This course provides an overview of contemporary healthcare systems and organizations. Within this overview research, health policy, regulation, and law are examined from the perspective of how these factors shape healthcare organizations. Available technology to interpret and organize health data is investigated in relation to health system productivity. This course synthesizes leadership and systems theory into understanding the healthcare industry and program development to become a leader in patient- centered care and positive health outcomes. Cross-listed with NRS 758.

MBH 620
ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING
3 credit hours
This course introduces the student to the financial reporting environment, financial statements, and analysis and interpretation. The course begins by viewing the financial accounting system as a language, and familiarizes students with the structure, usage, conventions, and the grammar of accounting as a business language. Examination of financial statements such as the Income Statement, the Balance Sheet, and the Statement of Cash Flows are how they are inter-related.

MBH 630
HEALTHCARE ECONOMICS
3 credit hours
This course will enable learners to apply the tools of economics, finance, and strategy to address challenges faced by healthcare providers. Strategies for payers, manufacturers, and providers will be examined. Topics will include the role of economics, cost effectiveness, market analysis, and financial projecting. Case studies and current events will be integrated throughout to encourage discussions about healthcare economics and finance.

MBH 660
HEALTHCARE POLICY
3 credit hours
This course provides the foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and the business of healthcare nursing practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The importance of individual contribution to the healthcare policy making process will be investigated. Cross-listed with NRS 754.

MBH 670
HEALTHCARE FINANCE
3 credit hours
This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, healthcare finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis, and healthcare innovation. The financial environment of healthcare and how it impacts healthcare delivery is examined. The relationship between healthcare economics, health policy, program development, and clinical practice is explored. Cross-listed with NRS 750.

MBH 675
MANAGERIAL STATISTICS
3 credit hours
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and interpret biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality practice decisions. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (SPSS) to assist in making effective decisions. Students may take SSC 730 BIOSTATISTICS in place of this course to meet the requirement.

MBH 680
BUSINESS LAW & ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
This course is an introduction to the laws and ethics that affect healthcare decisions, relationships among professionals and patients, and the management aspects of healthcare delivery. The goal of the course is to equip future healthcare executives with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize legal and ethical issues that arise in healthcare practice, to be prepared to evaluate situations that may have legal or ethical implications, to know when to seek legal or ethics committee counsel, and to have an understanding of the implications of healthcare law on their own decision making.

MBH 685
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE
3 credit hours
To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets-traditional and emerging. The way in which organizational leaders attempt to develop a competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This course introduces the concept of strategic management through readings, discussion, and case analyses. The emphasis is on the development and successful execution of management strategies in different healthcare settings.

MBH 700
CAPSTONE
3 credit hours
Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted, and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College. During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that he/she can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student’s integrative experience in the Program.

Meet the Faculty

Our Master of Business Administration in Healthcare faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.

While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

MBA in Healthcare Outcomes

Graduates of the MBA in Healthcare program will:

1. Evaluate effective communication processes to provide clear messages to stakeholders

2. Analyze real world business problems in healthcare organizations

3. Explain the impact of diversity within organizations in the development of solutions

4. Integrate accounting, marketing, finance, management and economics into a strategic business analysis

5. Develop ethical and professional solutions to healthcare business challenges

MBA Written Statement

Our goal is for Nebraska Methodist College graduate students to articulate and demonstrate growth through written communication, collaboration, and synthesis of knowledge. 

Your written statement should be professionally written including the appropriate formatting and grammar. When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA formatting guidelines. Your answers should each be 2-3 paragraphs in length. 

Also, know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them from acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.  

  1. Describe your personal and/or work experience as it pertains to your motivation for pursuing Nebraska Methodist College's Master of Business Administration in Healthcare program. What do you hope to achieve with your new degree?  
  2. Here at Nebraska Methodist College, we pride ourselves on teaching "The Meaning of Care," and challenge our students to become educated citizens who create positive and sustainable change in our community and beyond. Describe what you believe will be the change you contribute as a result of earning a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare degree at  Nebraska Methodist College.  
  3. How will you prepare yourself to be successful in an online graduate program?

Please submit your document to admissions@methodistcollege.edu.

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