MBA Healthcare Management Areas of Study

WGU Master of Business Administration—Healthcare Management

The Master of Business Administration Healthcare Management is specifically designed for those in an array of leadership roles as well as those transitioning into healthcare from a different industry to develop strong health care leaders by strengthening your analytical and critical thinking skills. The program prepares you for a mid-level to upper-level management position in private and public sectors of the healthcare industry including hospitals, health system management, consulting, physician practices, and government and non-government agencies.


Managing Organizations and Leading People
This course covers principles of effective management and leadership that maximize organizational performance. The following topics are included: the role and functions of a manager, analysis of personal leadership styles, approaches to self-awareness and self-assessment, and application of foundational leadership and management skills.

Operations Management
This course focuses on the strategic importance of operations management to overall performance. This course also emphasizes principles of supply chain management relevant to a variety of business operations ranging from manufacturing goods to retail services. You will examine the various planning, control, and decision-making tools and techniques of the operations function.


Ethical Leadership
This course examines the ethical issues and dilemmas managers face. This course provides a framework for analysis of management-related ethical issues and decision-making action required for satisfactory resolution of these issues.

Healthcare Management

Service Line Development
Service Line Development will address how to critically assess the competitive marketplace as well as the internal environment to establish a new line of business. Topics include needs assessment, international healthcare trends, service line management, revenue analysis, costs and productivity, communication, negotiation, health policy, health legislation, and facilities management, which are variables in the evaluation process.

Accreditation Audit
Accreditation Audit covers regulatory audits, resource assessment, quality improvement, patient care improvement, organization plans, risk management, effective interaction, and compliance as evidenced during an accreditation audit.


Accounting for Decision Makers
This course provides you with the accounting knowledge and skills to assess and manage a business. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial statements, taxes, and budgeting. You will improve your ability to understand reports and use accounting information to plan and make sound business decisions.


Financial Management
This course covers practical approaches to analysis and decision making in the administration of corporate funds, including capital budgeting, working capital management, and cost of capital. Topics include financial planning, management of working capital, analysis of investment opportunities, sources of long-term financing, government regulations, and global influences. You will improve your ability to interpret financial statements and manage corporate finances.


Data-Driven Decision Making
This course presents critical problem-solving methodologies, including field research and data collection methods that enhance organizational performance. Topics include quantitative analysis, statistical and quality tools. You will improve your ability to use data to make informed decisions.

Marketing and Communication

This course will focus on the marketing function and its impact on the overall success of an organization. Topics include consumer behavior, marketing theories and strategies, product positioning, the competitive environment, and effectiveness of the marketing function. A key element of the course will include the relationship of the “marketing mix” to strategic planning.


Global Economics for Managers
This course examines how economic tools, techniques, and indicators can be used for solving organizational problems related to competitiveness, productivity, and growth. You will explore the management implications of a variety of economic concepts and effective strategies to make decisions within a global context.

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