Master of Business Administration with Health Systems Management Concentration
The specialized knowledge you need to advance in the growing health industry
Why a Master of Business Administration with Health Systems Management Concentration??
Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers in a variety of healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and group medical practices. The MBA with Health Systems Management concentration is designed to develop the specialized knowledge necessary for current and future healthcare leaders to manage health system components and operations in an ethical, environmentally sustainable, and financially responsible manner within the health industry. Typical duties may include improving efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services; developing departmental goals and objectives; ensuring that the facility is compliant with laws and regulations; communicating with medical staff and department heads; and other general management duties, such as recruiting, training, and supervising staff members, developing budgets, and creating work schedules.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. The MBA with Health Systems Management concentration targets local, national, and global markets, with an emphasis on enhancing a graduate student’s ability to communicate, create, problem-solve, and think in a rapidly growing field.
Learn from full-time faculty with academic and real-world experience—real people who truly care about your success and provide the attentive advising you need to reach your goals.
Every online student is truly part of our Keystone family which means you’ll receive the same level of personalized support online as you would if you were on campus.
Develop lasting networks with your peers. These connections may lead to a promotion at your current job or even new opportunities in your career.
The Keystone College Difference
You can be confident that Keystone’s Online Degree Programs adhere to the same high standards of quality as our traditional, on-campus programs. Keystone is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It’s ranked among the best regional colleges in the U.S., and as one of the best schools for military veterans. It’s also the oldest educational institution in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Potential Career Outcomes
The MBA with Health Systems Management is ideal for:
- Clinical healthcare professionals who need to expand their understanding of business principles
- Physician group practice professionals who want to manage the business aspects of the practice
- Sales representatives who want to work with health-related companies
- Professionals who work for insurance companies and healthcare third party vendors
- Retail workers and managers with organizations like drug stores and medical supply/equipment retailers
- Experienced professionals without exposure to healthcare who desire to enter the healthcare field
Titles for medical and health services managers vary based on areas of expertise and facility types. Based on your previous experience, your degree will help prepare you for the following positions:
- Health information managers
- Nursing home administrators (All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; licensing requirements vary by state.)
- Clinical managers
Salaries for MBA with Health Systems Management graduates vary depending on previous experience as many employers require some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. Other related experience includes positions such as: medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office. The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in May 2021
The MBA with Health Systems Management concentration combines fundamental business skills with the specialized knowledge necessary for health systems management professionals. The curriculum introduces students to the evolution of health services and healthcare delivery in the United States and examines health systems foundations, resources, processes, outcomes, policies, and outlooks. Students are prepared to discuss and evaluate key business concepts of managed healthcare, such as: cost, access, and quality; financing outpatient, inpatient, and primary care services; long-term care and health services for special populations; and the future of health services delivery.
- HSM 6100 Health Systems Management
- HSM 6150 Essentials of Managed Health Care
- HSM 6200 Health Law and Ethics
- BUSN 5100 Graduate Writing and Research
- BUSN 5150 International Accounting
- BUSN 5250 Global Work Teams
- BUSN 5300 Operations Management
- BUSN 5400 Strategic Marketing
- BUSN 6150 Financial Management in Public & Non-Profit Organizations
- BUSN 6200 Corporate Law and Regulations
- BUSN 6250 Managerial Economics
- BUSN 6910 Strategic Analysis
36 total credits
Entrance requirements for the online MBA with Health Systems Management program at Keystone College include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. *
The Office of Admissions reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible to get started on your bright new future right away! Courses begin at several convenient times year-round.
*Students with a 2.50-2.99 will be considered for provisional admission. If accepted provisionally, students must earn a “B” or better in each of his/her first two courses to be fully accepted and remain in the program. Any additional requirements for full acceptance will be communicated to the student in writing and must be met by the date provided. Contact online admissions for questions regarding provisional admission and the next start date.
Tuition is an affordable $600 per credit hour. Alumni of Keystone College who are enrolled in a Master’s degree program at Keystone College are eligible to receive a 10% discount. To receive federal financial assistance for our graduate programs, you must file a FAFSA and meet eligibility requirements. Find out more here. Our FAFSA school code is 003280.
Benefits of Keystone College
Generous Credit Transfer
If you’ve already earned applicable graduate level credits from a regionally accredited institution with a B or better, they may be accepted for transfer to Keystone. Students can transfer in up to 9 of the 36 credits required for graduation.
Classes are offered 100% online. There are no required class or login times, and faculty and tech support are there to help you at expanded hours.
At $600 per credit hour, you can earn an MBA for less than the cost of other programs at traditional brick-and-mortar institutions.