Concentration must include the MBA Core plus a minimum of 12 credits in Health Administration. Completion of the MBA with Health Administration Concentration requires the completion of at least 36 credits.

MBA-521 Health Economics

Health Economics uses microeconomic principles to better understand the history and current structure of America's healthcare system. Particular attention is paid to special interest group lobbying, ethical concerns, sources of inefficiency in the system and a historical analysis of how America's healthcare system got to its current state.

3 Credits

MBA-561 Healthcare Operations

To understand operations' role in healthcare, it is important to appreciate the complexity of the healthcare industry and current trends that affect healthcare organizations from an operational perspective. Changes include new regulatory requirements, payment arrangements, technology, patient expectations, and provider recruitment challenges. Operations leadership must work to balance these shifting-and sometimes conflicting-priorities while 'keeping the lights on' and continuing to seek new efficiencies, while meeting increasingly competitive quality and performance metrics.

3 Credits

MBA-562 Healthcare Financial Management

In this course, students will examine the key factors impacting financial management of health care organizations. The course will discuss tools and techniques related to healthcare financial management. Students will learn to analyze financial data of these organizations, with particular emphasis on the budgeting process and cost controls.

3 Credits

MBA-563 Healthcare Strategy

This course is designed to enable an understanding of competitive strategy in a rapidly changing healthcare industry. The course focuses on understanding strategy and market structure, and discussing common business models and strategies for growth, integration, and alliance in a healthcare setting. Class members will discuss the development and selection of an organizational strategy and leadership of strategic planning and implementation processes. With successful completion of the course, students will be able to articulate the importance of identifying stakeholders, values, mission and vision for an organization, and to identify internal and external environmental factors and issues that impact strategic and business planning and performance.

3 Credits

Juniata College's Healthcare Administration concentration of our MBA program was designed in response to interest from both current graduate students and successful alumni working in healthcare. This concentration builds upon on Juniata’s academic strengths in the natural sciences, health professions, and business.

Instruction is delivered by Juniata’s fulltime faculty and experienced healthcare administration practitioners. Students learn about the healthcare industry and the challenges it faces while studying management, finance, organizational behavior, leadership, and economics. Opportunities exist for students to develop their professional skills, put their knowledge into action, and gain marketable experience to launch or enhance their healthcare administration careers.

Why Focus on Healthcare Administration?

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in healthcare administration allows you to develop the traditional, in-demand skills associated with an MBA while also gaining valuable specialized knowledge in a large and rapidly growing industry. Capable leaders that understand both the underlying business enterprise and healthcare specific applications are needed in hospitals, government departments of health, pharmaceutical companies, the health insurance industry, and with entrepreneurial health ventures across the country.

Fast growing field. Healthcare administration is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. It is on an explosive upward trajectory, driven by long-term trends in changing population demographics and increased healthcare demand. There are already an estimated 422,300 positions in the field, and The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for Medical and Health Services Managers will grow over 30% between 2019 and 2029.

Earnings potential. Healthcare administration has incredible earnings upside. In 2019, the median pay for medical and health services managers was $100,980, with the highest 10% earning more than $189,000 a year (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Work that matters. While those in healthcare administration may not interact with patients on a daily basis, they are integral to the level of care provided. Their work directly contributes to improving patient outcomes. Working in healthcare administration means working for the betterment of your community.

Abundant career opportunities. Job opportunities in healthcare administration are not limited to those found in hospitals. Positions can be found in physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, local, state, and federal governments, as well as outpatient care centers. In the field itself, one can expect to find employment as a clinical manager, health information manager, or even as a consultant (Bureau of Labor Statistics).