Healthcare Management Program Description
The Master of Science in Healthcare Management prepares its graduates for leadership positions in which they plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations. The program has two areas of concentration: (1) Quality Management and Patient Safety and (2) Project Management. The curriculum includes integrative experiences that require students to draw upon, apply, and synthesize knowledge and skills covered throughout the program. Using the case study method and other problem-solving integrative methodologies (including role-playing, simulations and hands-on, team based projects), the program provides opportunities for students to participate in team-based activities. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to be reflective, competent and confident healthcare managers and leaders.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry as a whole will see an increase in the demand for medical services. Managers will be needed to organize and manage medical information and healthcare staffs in all areas of the industry.
Stevenson's innovative accelerated M.S. in Healthcare Management is designed for working adults who want to complete their degree quickly and expand their career horizons by strengthening their credentials as healthcare managers, administrators, and consultants. Most of the coursework can be completed online. A minimum of 120 hours of the curriculum must be completed face to face with faculty members. A professional skills development seminar of 1 credit and a final capstone of 8 credits with face to face time (one week onsite requirement or completion of hybrid course) with faculty is required for integrative team work and interdisciplinary competency building. In addition, students will be required to complete 3 3-day residencies during the course of the degree program.