What Is a Master’s in Health Administration (MSHA) Degree?
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) provides students with the skills and experience necessary to perform as middle- and upper-level managers in a variety of health organizations. This online degree from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions helps students gain the skills and experience necessary to serve as innovative change agents, as well as leaders of organizational improvement and adaptation within the health administration industry. Graduates typically pursue careers where they focus on running the business side of a healthcare organization, facility or hospital.
MSHA students will learn how to effectively communicate and manage employees, use critical thinking skills and respectfully recognize the diversity of their patients and populations while abiding by the health organization’s rules. Additionally, they will learn in the master’s in health administration degree program how to collect and analyze evidence and information that can be applied to improve patient safety, clinical processes and health outcomes.
Hospital and healthcare administrators are privileged with the opportunity and responsibility of making a profound impact on a community.
What You Will Learn in GCU’s MSHA Program
The MSHA program uses a hands-on curriculum toward the end of the program in practicum to emphasize the conceptual, analytical and application skills required to manage in contemporary health organizations. All courses in the master’s degree in health administration program at GCU are taught by experts in their respective fields who share extensive knowledge and experience. This 48-credit master’s program begins with an introduction course for all graduate students studying health professions. MSHA students are also required to complete a 16-week practicum.
Through the topics covered, GCU also puts an emphasis on our Christian worldview, as well as the value of servant leadership. As a Christian university, we inspire students to find their purpose by integrating a religious model of servant leadership into the MSHA online curriculum.
Careers With a Master’s in Health Administration
Graduates of GCU’s Master of Science in Health Administration program are prepared to manage their employees in an effective and respectful manner. MSHA graduates often go into administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health agencies, insurance companies, public health agencies, as well as other types of health organizations. Master’s in health administration graduates may go on to hold titles including facilities manager, medical and health services manager and postsecondary business teacher
MSHA Degree FAQs
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Medical and Health Services Managers as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Medical and Health Service Managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers
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