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Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management to Master of Business Administration (dual degree track)

Transfer up to
117 Credits
A median of 43 credits accepted
Receive credit for certain health care licenses or certificates

Gain the Business Knowledge You Need with a Combined BS to MBA in Health Care Management Dual Degree.

This fully online bachelor’s in health care management and MBA dual degree program helps you prepare for managerial and administrative leadership positions in health care organizations. To help shorten your completion time, 9 graduate credits in the bridge component of this program also count toward some of the undergraduate requirements.

The undergraduate curriculum includes business courses in subjects such as accounting, marketing, human resources, management, research, and organizational behavior. In your core courses, you learn about the U.S. health care system, health care regulations and policy reform, insurance payment and reimbursement schemes, human resource management, and preparation of financially sound budgets. For details, see the BS in Health Care Management program page.

The master’s component includes advanced coursework in leadership and business administration, and allows you to choose an optional concentration in accounting, health care management, leadership, or human resource management. For details, see the MBA program page. Excelsior’s MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Graduate Concentrations

No concentration, Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

2.4 million new health care jobs are expected to be added by 2026 (Source: BLS)


Health care mangers report higher than average levels of job satisfaction (Source: payscale.com)


MBA degrees holders can work in health care finance, administration, and operations (Source: BLS)


147

credit hours

Online BS in Health Care Management to MBA Program Details

Depending on the health care licenses and certifications you have, you could potentially be awarded 9–26 credits toward this degree. Learn more about credit for health care credentials.

Overall Degree Requirements

Of the total credits for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management portion of the degree, 39 must be learned at the upper-level, 15 in the business core, 15 in the health sciences core, and 9 in the bridge component. The 27-credit graduate component completes the degree requirements.

  • Written English Requirement: 3 credits
  • Humanities: 9 credits
    • Ethics (minimum of 2 credits)
    • Humanities electives to reach 9 credits
  • Social Sciences: 9 credits
    • Microeconomics (3 credits)
    • Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    • Social science electives to reach 9 credits
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 9 credits
    • Natural science supportive of health sciences (minimum 2 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • Additional courses to reach 9 credits
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 27 credits

 

Additional Credit Component: 15 Credits

Medical Terminology (minimum 3 credits)

This intensive course introduces you to medical language you need to know for your career in health care. As you become familiar with medical reporting style guidelines established by the American Association of Medical Transcription (AAMT), you learn how to read and pronounce medical terms. After this course, you’ll be able to correctly use terms of disease, pharmacology, biological systems, and human anatomy and physiology while writing and talking with co-workers and executive leaders in health care settings.

Information Literacy (1 credit)

Competency will be assessed through a 1-credit pass/fail course at Excelsior College.

Other College-level Credit (11 credits minimum)

Core Business Courses: 15 Credits

Three credits in each of the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Research (must be upper level)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing

Core Health Care Management Courses: 15 Credits

Three upper-level credits in each of the following courses:

Foundations of Health Care Management

This course provides you with essential knowledge needed to work in health care management jobs in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctors’ offices, treatment facilities, and other medical settings. Starting with an overview of the U.S. health care delivery system, you learn how nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and public service agencies are structured, financed, regulated, and monitored for quality; and how they employ information technologies to secure electronic health records and deliver health services to diverse populations.

Organizational Behavior in Health Care Environments

Topics in this course cover the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective manager and leader within health care organizations. Through weekly readings and assignments, you study characteristics of the health care workforce and learn how to manage diverse groups, develop and lead culturally competent teams, handle stress during decision-making, resolve conflicts with positive outcomes, examine job satisfaction and motivate individual employees, monitor organizational performance, and facilitate operational change in health care settings.

Budget and Finance in Health Care Organizations

Required for health care management majors, this course gives you the financial knowledge and departmental budgeting skills you need for your career as a manager. Learn how to communicate your department’s fiscal need for resources, and how to prepare and manage capital and operating budgets by completing practice assignments such as budget-related Excel spreadsheets, and by producing a major case study of a health care administrator.

Health Care Delivery Systems

Study the complexities and challenges you encounter as a health care professional working in outpatient and inpatient settings. In this course, you learn about the shortage of primary care workers despite growth in the job market, why scope of practice is expanding for medical, behavioral, cognitive, and mental health personnel, and the expansion of physician and nursing roles. Course material also covers United States health care costs and financing, and information technology policy and meaningful use regulation for electronic health records. Learn how information technology supports data-based decision-making, how research and development lead to new medical treatments, and how policies impact employee and patient safety and quality of care.

Economics of Health Care

Grasp the principles of microeconomics relevant to jobs in health care management, and learn how health care differs from other economic and labor markets. This course covers supply and consumer demand; break-even, cost-benefit, and regression analysis; public and private health insurance systems; health care costs and funding; risk management; competition and profits; government regulation; and payment systems for hospitals, physicians, and other care facilities. Assignments include two case studies and a manager’s economic proposal.

Undergraduate Business or Health Electives: 6 Credits

Bridge Requirements: 9 Credits

  • Global Business Environment
  • Finance
  • Information Technology

Graduate Course Component: 15 Credits

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.

Human Resource Management

Gain an understanding of the role of human resource management in organizations. Topics include: staff planning; recruitment and selection; job analysis and design; performance management; labor relations and laws; training and development; compensation and rewards; HR strategy; strategic, corporate, and human resource management objectives; policies, practices, and leadership behavior; employee involvement; diverse workforces; impact of globalization; and HR’s role in change management and internal consulting.

Leadership

Grasp leadership fundamentals and define your own leadership style in this course that explores leadership practice in dynamic organizations. Course material shows you how to use goals, roles, and organizational structures to manage business units effectively and foster constructive relationships between leaders and subordinates in difficult workplace situations. Investigate how leaders develop and articulate vision and values, and how to use leadership theories to successfully negotiate, motivate employees, manage teams, cultivate innovation, improve performance, and drive organizational growth.

Change Management

This course focuses on the types of changes that occur within organizations, and you will identify the key issues and challenges associated with each type. Learn to work with change, using management skills and styles, communications patterns, and analyses.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.

No concentration: 9 Credits

Choose three electives that match your goals.

Accounting: 9 Credits

Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

Health Care Management: 9 Credits

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management: 9 Credits

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Choose two courses in two of the following categories:
  • Staffing and Development
    • Employee Staffing and Development
    • Training and Career Development
    • Change Management
  • Total Rewards
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • International Human Resources
    • Employment Law
  • Maintaining High Performance
    • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
    • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
    • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Leadership: 9 Credits

Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Approved leadership elective

In the 3-credit MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Program Outcomes for BS in Health Sciences

  • Implement management practices in health care settings that reflect leadership and organizational theories.
  • Apply resource management principles within diverse health care organizations.
  • Explain the role of the manager in maintaining a legal and ethical environment.
  • Determine effective communication strategies when interacting with stakeholders.
  • Use evidence-based practice to guide decision making and promote quality in health care settings.

Program Outcomes for MBA

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organiza¬tional culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management- and strategic-level decisions.
  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs, including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one’s knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.
  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of col-leagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change, and opportunities for organi¬zations, including setting direction, and aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.
  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.
  • Integrate empirical research and manage¬ment theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including in times of economic recession.

View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Download the Graduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online BS in Health Care Management to MBA

Administrative Manager

Chief Executive

Health Care Manager

Health Care Mediator

Health Care Project Manager

Training and Development Manager

“My MBA has unlocked many professional doors and has armed me with all the necessary tools needed to succeed in my current role as well as to pursue other executive/managerial roles.”
Amanda Alfred
Master of Business Administration, 2017

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