Develop advanced managerial skills in the graduate health care administration program to become an agile, adaptive leader.
Healthcare administrators manage complex organizations that serve diverse individual and community needs. The Master of Science in health care administration program at University of Maryland University College is designed to develop leaders in this dynamic field. In this program, you can gain the expert knowledge, management skills, and strong professional development you need to seize career opportunities and maximize your potential in this era of rapid healthcare transformation.
UMUC is nationally recognized as a leader in online graduate healthcare programs. By actively participating in national-level discussions that shape healthcare education, we help to ensure that your UMUC degree is recognized, relevant, and respected.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
About the Health Care Administration Master's Degree
The health care administration curriculum features emerging topics in the field. Our faculty lend their extensive field experience, and we build in opportunities for you to network with employers through your coursework.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Apply strong financial management skills, including techniques for responding to uncompensated care, cost increases, increased competition, and increased regulation
- Use statistical tools to analyze health data and make effective business decisions
- Demonstrate knowledge of different models in healthcare administration, including contemporary theories, critical perspectives, and best practices for performance excellence in a highly competitive healthcare environment
- Use decision-making skills for institutional management, organizational development, and intercultural work environments
- Strategically plan, implement, and evaluate information systems
- Understand regulatory constraints, provider liability, patient rights, employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for healthcare organizations
- Analyze public health issues and their impact on healthcare organizations
- Solve ongoing problems in healthcare financing and delivery
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Interview key healthcare professionals about current and future trends in the healthcare marketplace
- Develop a strategic plan and budget for improving the delivery of care
- Analyze the implications of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare costs, access, and quality
- Contact a public health agency to analyze and give a presentation on a public health program or policy
This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:
Health Care Administration Master's Degree Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- HCAD 600
- MGMT 615
- MGMT 640
- HCAD 610
- HCAD 620
- HCAD 630
- HCAD 635
- HCAD 640
- HIMS 650
- HCAD 650
- HCAD 660
Core Rules & Recommendations
- You are strongly encouraged to take HCAD 600 and MGMT 615 as the first courses in the program.
- MGMT 615 must be taken before HCAD 660.
- MGMT 640 must be taken before HCAD 640.
- MGMT 640 and HIMS 650 should not be taken at the same time
- If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.
- HCAD 670
Capstone Rules & Recommendations
- You must complete 30 credits before enrolling in HCAD 670.
This program is designed to help prepare midcareer healthcare professionals for a leadership role in a dynamic sector. Potential career opportunities are in areas that include department management, health systems analysis, legislative work, and executive leadership in the private sector, professional societies, nonprofit organizations, military, and in all levels of government.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
This program is designed for students with educational and/or professional work experience in the healthcare field. We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
If you want to attend a school that offers flexible class schedules, reasonable tuition and fees, and very solid instructors and advisors, then UMUC is the place for you!
Market Research Analyst, MedStar Health
I like the flexibility and the commitment of professors and that they teach you to not only prepare you for jobs but also to face life and make it realistically meaningful so that you can go out with the desire to pursue value and not just money.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Upsilon Phi Delta
Type: Honor society
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
Upsilon Phi Delta is the national academic honor society of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
The purposes of Upsilon Phi Delta are to
Elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally educated women and men in health administration and leadership
Recognize and encourage scholarship in healthcare administration
Recognize students who achieve distinction in healthcare administration studies in universities and colleges
Provide financial assistance through scholarships to outstanding students pursuing a degrees in healthcare administration
Motivate academic excellence in students studying healthcare administration
Awards & Recognition
- Best Value College | Master of Science in Health Care Administration Program | College Values Online | 2016
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Senior executive
- Senior policy maker
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- MedStar Health
- National Institutes of Health
- NYC Health + Hospitals
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- University of Texas, Medical Branch