An Online MBA Specializing in Executive Healthcare Administration

An online MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration will prepare you to become a knowledgeable and effective business leader who can facilitate change within your organization, drive innovation and help connect the public to the care they need.

Upon completion of the concentration, you will be able to:

Understand the healthcare business ecosystem

Tackle emerging real-world healthcare issues and industry challenges

Recognize how technology impacts health and organizations

Address healthcare organizational management

Develop strategies to merge healthcare employee well-being with organizational success

Executive Healthcare Administration Concentration Courses

In this concentration, you will choose four of five courses available. The concentration will constitute 16 of your 60 total MBA credits, and you will still be able to complete your MBA in the same amount of time. Coupled with MBA@Denver’s core curriculum, you will gain a deep understanding of business management disciplines while applying them to the healthcare industry.

Courses are:

  • BUS 4650: Health and Well-Being in the Workplace

    Explore evidence-based well-being and how it relates to the individual as well as the workplace. Identify practical and accessible ways to enhance personal well-being as well as effective corporate strategies and programs. Topics include health and well-being as they relate to productivity, resilience, creativity, work-life balance, corporate culture and return on investment.

  • BUS 4660: Healthcare in the U.S.: Systems and Populations

    Despite our familiarity with the services of healthcare, the organizational structure of U.S. healthcare is an increasingly complex and tangled mess. The spectrum of healthcare services is broad and includes preventive, primary, acute and chronic care. The current state involves a dynamic interplay between the major institutions of higher education, government, suppliers, insurers and payers.

  • BUS 4670: Global Health

    As a business person, you can be part of solving global health issues through creative, innovative and new business models. In this course, you will gain a foundational understanding of global health by exploring the practical and contextual issues that may affect health, with a goal of improving health for all.

  • BUS 4680: Health Innovation and Technology

    Health innovation and technology is a rapidly growing area that bridges the fields of business and health. In this course, you will explore the landscape and future of health-related technology as well as the relationship between development, marketing, implementation, branding, customer/patient impact and technology delivery. Topics include virtual health care, telehealth, medical devices, emerging technologies and more.

  • MKTG 4380: Supply Chain Management

    Study the supply chain strategies of some of the most successful manufacturers (e.g., Apple and Samsung) and retailers (e.g., Walmart and Amazon). Cultivate the baseline knowledge and skill set you need to succeed in the various functions of supply chain management at a managerial level of an organization.

Help Drive Change in Healthcare

Take the first step toward building key healthcare administration skills with the University of Denver’s online MBA program.

Your Executive Healthcare Administration Professors

Our executive healthcare administration concentration is led by professors dedicated to furthering your personal and professional development by providing you with the skills needed to advance in healthcare management. All faculty who teach this concentration are either hospitalists or primary care physicians who have direct experience in the industry.

Meet your professors:

  • Eric Chess, MD, JD
    Director of Financial Security and Cognitive Health Initiative

    Chess joined Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging in 2017. He is a physician and lawyer with a focus on prevention and wellness and has over a decade of experience as both a hospitalist and a primary care physician in internal medicine.

    In his role at the University, Chess has launched and directed the Financial Security and Cognitive Health Initiative.

  • Jeremy Kern, MD
    Affiliate Professor

    Kern is a pediatric hospitalist and associate program director for the pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, D.C. He is also the director of fourth-year medical student pediatric electives at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

    Kern is a graduate of both the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program and George Washington University’s Master Teacher Leadership Development Program.

  • Sarah Chess, MD
    Affiliate Professor

    Chess is a board-certified primary care physician with a passion for wellness and health equity. She received her MD from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, and completed her residency in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Since completing her medical training, Chess has worked in multiple care venues, including inpatient, outpatient and virtual care spaces.

  • Jack Buffington, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management

    Buffington’s research focuses on the development of the 21-st century supply chain system.

    He is responsible for warehousing and brewery fulfillment for MillerCoors, the second-largest beer manufacturer in the United States. This includes developing and implementing a distribution strategy for its U.S. market.

    Buffington brings a professional background that spans leadership positions in the supply chain, manufacturing and finance fields across the consulting and consumer products sectors. He holds a PhD from Lulea University of Technology in Lulea, Sweden.

  • Michael Myers
    Associate Professor, Marketing

    Myers has been in the digital marketing industry for more than 18 years—and has been an industry consultant for well over a decade. Prior to consulting, he worked with digital marketing agencies including Blue Moon Digital, FreshCurrent and SpireMedia, creating value for clients such as Intuit, Tory Burch and Sony.

    Myers is a Daniels College of Business alumnus and has been teaching digital marketing at Daniels for nearly a decade.

Career Options With an MBA in Healthcare

With an emphasis on providing quality and affordable healthcare for all, healthcare administration professionals are in demand—and the industry is growing fast.

average salary for a medical or
health services manager ¹

projected job growth for medical or
health services managers by 2028 ¹

A few types of companies graduates can work at with this concentration:

  • Healthcare management and population health management
  • Data source integration
  • Insurance groups
  • Health systems
  • Government organizations and nonprofits
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health and medical technology companies
  • Wellness and well-being-driven organizations

What’s Next?

Healthcare is evolving every day. Take the next step in helping shape its future with an online MBA from the University of Denver.

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