Master’s in Healthcare Administration | Valparaiso University2024-04-18T16:37:19+00:00




With a master of healthcare administration, you can bring your career to new heights. Valpo equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

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Learn why students choose our 100% online healthcare degree programs.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: August 14, 2024
Start Date:
August 21, 2024

Manage Healthcare organizations with Ease.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for the healthcare sector, a master’s degree in healthcare administration could be an ideal choice. Such a degree offers a gateway to a dynamic and fulfilling career at the crossroads of business and healthcare. Health administration is instrumental in ensuring the efficient operation of healthcare organizations, and the delivery of top-notch medical and health services.

An online master’s degree in healthcare administration from Valparaiso University ensures you have the strategic planning skills and business acumen to emerge as a leader across diverse healthcare environments. Alumni of the program have pursued careers as hospital administrators, directors of health information management, nursing home administrators, health services managers, and other related roles.

What Makes Valpo’s Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration Unique?

Here are some of the reasons why our master’s degree in healthcare administration stands out from other organizations.

Esteemed Faculty

Valparaiso University’s master of healthcare administration stands out due to its distinguished faculty. Our instructors are accomplished professionals with a diverse range of experience in various industries and academic disciplines. Their expertise ensures that you receive the highest quality education and guidance as you pursue your master’s degree in healthcare administration.

Interdisciplinary Approach

One of the key distinguishing factors of our program is its interdisciplinary approach. We believe that healthcare administration requires a multifaceted understanding of healthcare, business, and leadership principles. By integrating these different perspectives, we equip our students with a well-rounded skill set that is highly relevant and adaptable in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.

Hands-On Internship

At Valpo, we emphasize practical experience as an integral part of our healthcare administration program. Through hands-on internships, our students gain real-world exposure to the challenges and opportunities within healthcare organizations. This hands-on approach not only enhances your learning but also prepares you for a successful career in healthcare administration.

Full-Time or Part-Time

We understand that every student’s journey is unique, which is why we offer the flexibility to pursue our master of healthcare administration on a full-time or part-time basis. Whether you’re looking to dive into your studies full-time or balance your education with other commitments, we have options that cater to your needs and goals.

Commitment to Community

Valparaiso University is deeply committed to community engagement and service. Our healthcare administration program instills a strong sense of social responsibility in our students. We believe in giving back to the communities we serve and our program encourages you to actively contribute to the betterment of healthcare services and access for all.

These key aspects combine to make our master of healthcare administration a unique and highly valuable program that prepares you for a successful and impactful career in healthcare management and leadership.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of healthcare administration Program?

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In Valparaiso University’s master’s degree in healthcare administration program, our curriculum offers a comprehensive exploration of healthcare administration, providing you with the perspective of a healthcare administration professional.

Your coursework will cover a range of critical subjects, including:

  • Healthcare finance and economics
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Healthcare management and leadership
  • Healthcare policy and ethics
  • Quality improvement in healthcare

This ensures a well-rounded education that equips you to excel and make a meaningful impact in your future healthcare administration career.

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Healthcare Administration Career Outlook

The career outlook for those interested in healthcare administration is on the rise. This promising career field shows to be growing year-over-year.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next decade, the number of jobs in health management and other healthcare administration-related careers is projected to grow by 28%, a much faster rate than the national average for all occupations (3%).

Careers with a Master’s
Degree in Healthcare Administration

Getting your master’s degree in healthcare administration opens the door to many opportunities in the field of healthcare, including:

The chief operating officer (COO) is a senior executive tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of a business. The COO typically reports directly to the chief executive officer (CEO) and is considered to be second in the chain of command.

Clinical directors not only ensure quality patient care, but also oversee the administrative and legal aspects of their facilities. They monitor patients’ progress while also overseeing and managing nurses, and other staff members.

A Rehab Director, or Director of Rehabilitation, develops, coordinates, and directs rehabilitation goals and duties set in a hospital, private clinic, nursing home, or specific type of focused rehabilitation facility.

Healthcare consultants provide expertise to healthcare organizations on a wide range of issues, from improving operations and efficiency to navigating complex healthcare regulations.

With a master’s degree in healthcare administration, you can also venture into entrepreneurship by starting your healthcare-related business, such as medical billing services, healthcare technology startups, or healthcare consulting firms.

Healthcare managers work in various settings, such as clinics, nursing homes, and outpatient centers. They are responsible for managing staff, budgets, and resources to optimize healthcare delivery.

Health information managers are vital in maintaining and securing patient records and ensuring compliance with privacy regulations like HIPAA. They play a crucial role in the management of electronic health records (EHRs) and information systems.

As a hospital administrator, you will oversee the daily operations of healthcare facilities, ensuring they run efficiently, meet regulatory requirements, and provide quality care to patients.

Medical practice managers oversee the day-to-day operations of medical practices, ensuring that healthcare providers can focus on patient care while the practice runs smoothly.

Nursing home administrators are responsible for the overall management of long-term care facilities, including staffing, resident care, and regulatory compliance.

These are just a few examples of the diverse career opportunities available to individuals with a master’s degree in healthcare administration. The healthcare industry continues to evolve, offering ample prospects for professionals who are dedicated to improving healthcare delivery, efficiency, and patient outcomes.


  • 39 credit hours
  • 100% online
  • Hands-on internship
  • Flexible and affordable

Graduate Admission Qualifications

Admission to the healthcare administration graduate program is decided by the following criteria:

  • A completed graduate studies application form
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which needs to be from an employer or academic advisor
  • An essay indicating reasons for studying healthcare administration
  • Please note: A non-native English speaker is required to have a minimum TOEFL (iBT version) 82 or IELTS 6.5


HADM 501 – Understanding Healthcare Organizations (Credits: 3)

An introduction to the field to establish professional identity and understand healthcare systems. This course also exposes students to the many issues and challenges, including those dealing with ethics, surrounding the healthcare field. Topics may include organizational structures, legal and ethical issues, government policies, community health, managing information, managing people, and managing resources.

HADM 517 – Leadership and Team Building in Healthcare Administration (Credits: 2)

This course defines qualities of a true leader, with the goal of helping individuals find their style of leadership. It deals with the difference between managing and leading, as well as the roles of coaching and mentoring in leadership. Motivation, communication, visioning, team development, and situational-based leadership in healthcare settings are covered. May be repeated for credit, provided that the topics are different.

HADM 520 – Financial Management in Healthcare (Credits: 3)

A survey of financial management. Topics include the financial environment, working capital management, the time value of money, financial statement analysis, capital structure, capital budgeting, and assessment of risk in a healthcare setting.

HADM 601 – Research and Program Evaluation (Credits: 3)

Understanding research protocols, designs, and strategies used to garner and verify knowledge in the field of healthcare, with special attention to procedures designed for program evaluation.

HADM 602 – Managing and Analyzing Healthcare Information (Credits: 3)

Practice and use with software systems that enable organizing, managing, analyzing, and interpreting data, with emphasis on the types of data required for reporting to federal, state, and local governments, as well as data that drive the decision-making process.

HADM 640 – Applications in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, and Population Health (Credits: 3)

Course is focused on meeting the 8 core domains of competency for the National Association of Healthcare Quality’s (NAHQ) Healthcare Quality Competency Framework. Students will learn and apply recognized parameters demonstrating competencies in the domains of quality review & accountability, professional engagement, quality leadership & integration, performance and process improvement, population health & care transitions, health data analytics, patient safety, regulation & accreditation, and quality review & accountability. Special emphasis will be focused on patient safety and population health competencies incorporating Healthy People Curriculum Task Force’s Prevention and Population Health curriculum framework and the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety curriculum guide. (Prerequisite IPE710)

HADM 650 – Managing People and Human Resources (Credits: 3)

Focus on recruiting, training, and developing human resources thereby enabling employees to be competent performers within organizations. In addition, strategies for developing as an effective leader and team member in the field of healthcare are covered.

HADM 672 – Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (Credits: 3)

This course will discuss the broad coverage of the challenges and dilemmas facing the healthcare enterprise using the case study method to arrive at ethical and moral decision-making. Includes examination of personal beliefs and prejudices that often influence actions. Topics include access, cost, and quality of care; organizational ethics and risk; professional codes of conduct; principles of patient autonomy and rights; and issues within the community. Additional topics include coverage of health laws and regulation from both the patient and corporate viewpoints, including regulatory laws, labor law, patients’ rights, liability, third-party providers, and contract law. May be repeated for credit, provided that the topics are different.

HADM 675 – Organizational and Governmental Policy in Health Care (Credits: 3)

A course that addresses the economics and financing of health policy, need, and demand by the public, and quality and effectiveness of the services, including issues of public health preparedness, prevention, long-term care, and mental illness.

MBA 505 – Marketing Management & Consumer Experience (Credits: 3)

An exploration of the practice of marketing as it is currently evolving. Attention is given to the fundamental concepts and tools of marketing as they apply in an increasingly dynamic, complex, and uncertain environment. Marketing’s role as a driver of an organization’s value will be emphasized as value chains are increasingly shaped by consumer demands, expectations, experiences and loyalty. Attention is also given to the topics of one-to-one marketing strategy, market segmentation, experiential marketing, globalization, corporate social responsibility, and green marketing.

IPE 710 Leadership in Quality and Patient Safety (1 Credit)

This seminar course provides the student with an introduction to quality, safety, population health, equity, healthcare leadership, and person and family-centered care. Course includes on-line learning through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and will culminate with the IHI’s Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety upon successful completion of the course.

Two courses from the following options:

IPE 518 – Global Health Issues (Credits: 3)

Immerses students in an interprofessional education (IPE) opportunity that explores social determinants of health from a global perspective. Students will engage in a team-based comparative analysis of selected healthcare delivery systems from around the world.

HADM 662 – Health in the Community (Credits: 3)

Understanding the role of health education and health resources in the community, including securing community support and investment. Topics include prevention and control of chronic health conditions, efficient use of community health services and resources, volunteer agencies, disease and injury prevention, women’s health, substance use, and other relevant issues.

HADM 664 – International Health and Healthcare Organizations (Credits: 3)

Understanding healthcare organizations that function at the international level, including structure of organizations, regional and local healthcare challenges, geopolitical issues, world health organizations, and funding sources and opportunities.

Internship (Credits: 3)

HADM 686 – Internship

Placement in a work setting related to health administration, in which the students acquire practical experience through the internship totaling 240 hours (3 credits at 80 hours per credit)

Required for all new international graduate students in their first semester of enrollment.

This course is designed to help students from diverse cultural backgrounds learn and adjust to the expectations and requirements deemed necessary for academic success across all Valparaiso University graduate programs. This course will build upon information presented at the international graduate student orientation. Sequenced opportunities for collaboration and communication (verbal and written) will be integrated throughout the curriculum sequence.

Total Healthcare in Administration (39 Credits)


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for medical and health services managers is $115,160. Depending on the industry, the mean annual wage can jump as high as $124,180.

The curriculum has both online and on-site components and is designed so that full-time students can complete the degree in 18–24 months. Part-time students will typically require about 30–36 months.

International applicants must complete an application profile, write a reflective essay, provide recommendation letters, provide transcripts and credential evaluations from a NACES member institution, demonstrate English proficiency, provide proof of financial support, provide a passport copy, and pay the application fee before the deadline.


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