MBA in Health Systems Management

Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Health Systems Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Manage the Future with an MBA in Health Systems Management

Here’s why an MBA in Health Systems Management from GCU can be right for you:

  • All courses are online
    This program is designed to fit within your career and life outside the classroom.
  • Add your transfer credits
    Tack on your transfer credits from your previous business degree education for a faster completion time.

Students at GCU can explore the principles of ethical leadership in 21st century health care systems. The Colangelo College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Health Systems Management. This online healthcare MBA develops the analytical skills and in-depth knowledge that are in demand.

Proper health systems management requires the use of efficient operational processes that drive profitability. This is tempered by the careful considerations of ethical and responsible decision-making. Graduates with a health systems management MBA degree are prepared to pursue positions that influence the health and wellbeing of the patient population, as well as their entire communities.

These are three aspects of how we believe business affects the greater good:

  • Business as a force for good
    We keep an emphasis on conscious capitalism to elevate humanity by doing business right.
  • Free markets and purpose for prosperity
    To have long-term success, there needs to be higher purpose of business and a stakeholder orientation.
  • Business as ministry
    Love, care and support those on your team. Approach business with a Christian perspective.

What Are the Benefits of Having an MBA in Healthcare Management?

GCU’s health systems management degree lays a strong conceptual framework that enables future business leaders to shape the growth of medical organizations. As you work through this program, you will develop a keen understanding of strategic operations management theory and its practical applications. The end objective is the growth and sustainability of ethical organizations that continually strive for excellence in patient care.

MBA graduates gain a firm grasp on the core principles in business, finance and management. These principles, applied to the health care field, lay a foundation for responsible decision-making as it relates to patient populations and health care employees.

Earn Your Healthcare Management MBA Online

This degree program blends traditional MBA courses with specializations in health care. Some of the core courses you will take include:

  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
  • Health Care Policies and Economics
  • Applied Business Probability and Statistics
  • Strategic Management

GCU’s graduate degree programs are designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. We make it possible to earn your MBA in Health Systems Management with a rigorous, online curriculum. All classes are taught by fully trained faculty members and adjunct instructors. GCU’s online courses bring flexibility and convenience to your education, while the small class environment fosters engaging discussions and networking opportunities.

Some of the key concepts in health systems management include:

  • Raising funds in capital markets, managing working capital and budgeting capital
  • Managerial decision-making that factors in cost, service and economic variables
  • Health care ethical dilemmas and their recognition, analysis and resolution
  • The science of organizational behavior and key concepts in leadership

What You Can Do With a Health Management MBA Degree

The MBA in Health Systems Management follows a modern curriculum. This program effectively prepares graduates to become leaders in the complex and ever-changing health care landscape. Medical and business organizations both welcome job applicants with MBA degrees. Some of the jobs that may be related to this degree include:

  • Chief operations officer
  • Director of health care services
  • Vice president of health care services
  • Health care consultant
  • Nursing home administrator

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for qualified medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 32% from 2019 through 2029. This rate of growth is considered to be much faster than average.*

*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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Total Credits: 54
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

54 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
54 credits

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

This course is designed for students who are preparing for more advanced coursework in business but who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting, including the fundamentals of revenue recognition, the components of the balance sheet, and financial statement analysis. ?The course explores accounting theories using publicly traded companies and case studies.

Course Description

This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.

Course Description

This course introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.

Course Description

This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.

Course Description

This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.

Course Description

Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.

Course Description

This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.

Course Description

This capstone course focuses on preparing and conducting a strategic analysis of a selected publicly traded firm to produce actionable intelligence used to formulate recommendations to promote the creation of a value-adding strategy. Based on the results of their strategic analysis, students are then required to prepare the framework of a strategic plan that creates significant value for the selected firm. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.

Course Description

This course focuses on the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health occupations. Students examine legal liabilities involved in health care administration, including workplace safety and a health care facility’s obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families, and staff.

Course Description

This course focuses on health care economics and policy. The core principles of health economics are studied, and students begin to explore practical financial-analysis skills that have immediate application within the health care industry. Students also study managerial decision-making processes based on cost, service, and other economic variables as well as how those decisions influence outcomes. Students will investigate health care policy and reform to understand the impact it makes on everyday practices of health care organizations.


GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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