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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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Healthcare Administration Concentration

100% Online NASPAA-Accredited MPA Program

Health care administrators and managers face problems unique to their industry, from working within the framework of extensive regulation, through ongoing reimbursement and profitability difficulties, to managing a diverse and highly educated workforce. Meeting those challenges effectively requires specialized preparation. The online MBA or MPA Healthcare Administration Master's degree concentration provides graduate students with critical information needed to optimize both a health care organization and career.

With America's health care system undergoing dramatic changes there is a need for educated health care professionals with extensive knowledge, insight and problem solving skills. Students enrolled in the Health Care Administration MPA degree will gain the necessary knowledge needed to become effective leaders particularly relating to the rising cost and shifting accessibility of quality health care industry.

Why Choose the Marist Healthcare Administration Graduate Degree Program

If you are already working in health care, this concentration will help you understand the big picture of the industry and how the various provider systems interact. The Healthcare Administration M.P.A. program provides graduate students with the essential knowledge required for senior managerial and planning work in the health services and systems sectors.

If you are new to health care, this concentration will give you a necessary orientation to the industry. Either way, you'll become a more effective manager in health care for having taken the time to develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the industry and of the unique situations healthcare managers cope with on a daily basis.

Through the Healthcare Administration Master's degree, students will gain the knowledge and competencies needed for careers in health administration, involving management of hospitals and other health services organizations as well as public health infrastructure. Healthcare Administration graduates will be prepared to handle complex new developments in technology, economics, ethics, finance, policy and management.

Graduates of the online Master's of Public Administration Healthcare concentration should be prepared to seek leadership and management positions in government and non-profit organizations.

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MPA Healthcare Administration Concentration Online Courses

MPA 681: US Health Care Policies and Systems

The US Health Care Policies and Systems course is an introduction to American health care delivery systems and policy with a focus on issues and challenges faced by managers in the health care sector. Health care employees are highly educated and create a diverse workforce which increasingly encounters problems with regulation, reimbursement, and profitability.

The US Health Care Policies and Systems course will explore the issues and controversies met in hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory care facilities as well as take a closer look at the policy decisions shaping how health care will be made accessible to the public.

MPA students will focus on creating strategies to help effectively implement and manage policy associated with the obstacles created by modern-day changes to the health care sector of public administration. All MPA courses are available online through our distance learning program.

MPA 682: Ethical/Legal Issues in Health Care

The Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care MBA / MPA graduate course relates current legal practices to health care institutions in order to show students how moral and ethical choices are prominent factors in the health care industry.

Students will expand on their understanding of administrative theory in relation to best practices in the legal arena of public administration. Real-world topics examine ethical situations and decisions that are debated in health care administration and common to the health care industry.

MPA graduate students will study current legal concerns in health care to expand on their moral decision-making skills in order to combat the issues faced by health care institutions in today's society both internally and externally.

MPA 683: Critical Issues in Health Care

The Critical Issues in Health Care course combines historical information on practices formerly used by health care professionals and policy makers with current issues discussed in the media. The topics covered in the course are contemporary and controversial in nature to gain the best understanding of health care decision-making.

The Critical Issues in Health Care course will explore the specific implementation of health care policy and the challenges of balancing margin v. mission to ensure the long-term sustainability of an organization.

Health Care Administration students will be provided with tools to engage in contemporary health care debates in order to develop tactics and strategies that will help influence health care decisions on a personal and organizational level.