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Created in conjunction with health care administrators, the health care concentration provides leadership development for clinicians while equipping the business-trained administrator with key competencies required in a health care setting.

Career Opportunities

Graduate studies in business administration with a specialization in health care prepare you for a variety of career opportunities and advanced graduate-level programs. For example, this includes areas such as:

  • Health care information.
  • Health insurance administration.
  • Health service management.
  • Hospital administration.
  • Long-term care management.
  • Physician group administration.
  • Practice management.

Degree Program Requirements

A master's degree in business administration with a specialization in health care requires 38 total credit hours. This includes 9 credit hours of vocationally-focused concentration classes. This full-time program offers courses one at a time and is approximately 78 weeks long.

Concentration Courses: 9 credits, 18 weeks

Core Courses: 29 credits, 60 weeks

Course Descriptions

The course descriptions below preview the content you can expect to learn through the Master of Business program. For information about our academic policies and graduation requirements, see the PGS Graduate Academic Catalog.

BUS-505: Research Methods

An examination of research methods available for the 21st century organization and statistical concepts useful for data-driven decision making. Focus is placed on the systematic process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting research articles and data to answer a specific research question. The course will also introduce students to basic descriptive and inferential statistical tools within the context of a business related problem.

BUS-503: Ethics, Values and Social Responsibility

A theoretical and practical overview of ethics theory, values formation and ethical decision making within the context of management and leadership. Ethics and values are presented from a Judeo-Christian perspective with emphasis on workable models for ethical decision making and social responsibility at both the professional and personal level.

BUS-507: Quantitative Analysis

A study of quantitative techniques useful in business decision-making. Topics include exploratory analysis, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics: t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression and chi-square analysis.

MGT-531: Organizational Behavior and Change

The study of the behavior of individuals and teams within organizations based on current management theory. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating and changing work-related behaviors in organizations. Key topics include organizational structure, understanding culture, power, diversity, leadership and communication within the organization.

ACC-525: Accounting for Decision-Making

An examination of contemporary accounting issues for managers, such as principles, techniques and uses of accounting in the planning and decision making of organizations. The use of information technology plays a key role in this course. Areas of emphasis include the budgetary process, performance evaluation techniques, product costing methods, constraint management and ethics.

FIN-643: Managerial Finance

A study of essential concepts of financial management including working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structures, planning, time value of money and dividend policy. Prerequisite: ACC-525.

MKT-651: Marketing Strategies

A case-method course using real marketing issues as a means to learn how to synthesize marketing fundamentals into effective and practical solutions.

ECN-530: Economics

A study of the decision-making skills necessary for managers and entrepreneurs in the context of the macroeconomic environment and the application of microeconomic price theory as it pertains to human capital issues. Readings include essays by several Nobel prize-winning economists. Further, the course challenges students to develop a Christ-centered worldview regarding economic issues pertinent to managers.

MGT-539: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

A focused study of the tools needed in identifying and capitalizing on entrepreneurial business opportunities, methods for managing those opportunities and critical thinking skills needed for innovation and growth. Students work with a team to design an entrepreneurial venture. Additional topics include stimulating new ideas, managing innovative ideas, adapting to change and individual and group roles in the creative process.

MGT-534: Theory and Quality Outcomes Management

A study of lean quality management principles, theories and application to the health care environment. Focusing on managing health care quality, safety and outcomes, the course emphasizes the use of tools and techniques to manage and lead quality improvements and drive successful clinical outcomes.

BUS-504: Ethical, Legal and Regulatory Issues for Health Care

A study of the historical and current views of ethics and regulations of health care delivery and the impact of the regulatory environment on availability of services. Students examine principles and practical applications of ethics and laws that affect operational decisions of health care providers, health plans, third-party payers and managers. Additional topics include a discussion of the for-profit and not-for-profit delivery models.

MGT-697: Applied Health Care Project

A project-based capstone course in which the student will demonstrate the ability to integrate health care education and practical experience by selecting a problem of practice at work and implementing a plan for improvement and/or action research or a program evaluation to solve the problem or improve the issue. Prerequisites: MGT-534 and BUS-504.