Program Details

Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits: 38
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [More Info]


Prepare to Lead in Public Healthcare

If you would like to work in a leadership role in a public sector healthcare organization, Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Healthcare Management offers a way to gain critical insights into this dynamic field. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences designed this program to allow you to explore the principles and models for the recognition, analysis and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health occupations. Legal responsibility, workplace safety and the healthcare facility's obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families and staff are topics that are examined. In addition, you examine practical financial analysis skills that have immediate application within the healthcare industry.

When you enroll in the Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Management, you have the opportunity to gain an in-depth perspective on public health models, including their legal and overall responsibility to remain operational and provide services to the public. In addition to specific topics related to public health, you can also explore ethical decision-making in healthcare leadership as well as the role of a servant leader.

Degree Outcomes

Investigate Publically Funded Institutions

Coursework in the MPA program allows you to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy and governance within a public sector healthcare environment. You may also develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary healthcare models from financial, economic, quality, access and disparity perspectives. It is from this broad perspective that you can begin defining your role and perspective as an administrator within the healthcare system. You also have the opportunity to investigate your options and define your potential to serve as a leader of systematic improvement within your healthcare discipline, based on changes in these driving factors.

What You Will Learn

Gain Knowledge in Public Health

The coursework includes exploration of:

  • The development and management of human capital, as well as administration of healthcare entities and functions
  • Public sector revenue and expenditure structures
  • Healthcare models featuring an analysis of financial, quality and accessibility issues
  • A broad investigation of healthcare, government and public funding
  • An exploration of leadership potential and capabilities for continuous improvement in healthcare
  • Financial analysis within the healthcare industry
  • The role of government economic policies in social equity and market failure
  • Economic variables that impact health care entities performance and outcomes

Career Outcomes

Define Your Role in Public Health

GCU's MPA helps prepare you for a career working in the public sector with healthcare systems. You have the opportunity to be challenged to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing public sector healthcare organizations today.

Course List

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38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.

Course Description

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.

Course Description

This course focuses on servant leadership, how a servant leader is different from other leaders, and how focusing on the needs of others can create interdependency rather than dependency in organizations.

Course Description

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. In accordance with UN guidelines on public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are also examined.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.

Course Description

This course allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary health care models from financial, economic, quality, access, and disparity perspectives, and to relate the ethical, cultural, political, and financial factors that drive and support them. It is from this broad, integrative, and comparative perspective that students begin defining their role and perspective as administrators within the health care system. Students begin to investigate their options and define their potential to serve as leaders of systematic improvement, within their health care discipline, based on changes in these driving factors.

Course Description

Topics covered in this course include principles and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health occupations; legal responsibility; workplace safety; and the health care facility’s obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families, and staff.

Course Description

This course focuses on the practical financial-analysis skills that have immediate application within the health care industry, as well as managerial decision-making processes based on cost, service, and economic variables that influence market performance and outcome.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.