Business Administration


Program Information

Program/Department Chair: James J Huntziker

Program length: 3 years

Admit by cohort: Yes

Authorized Award(s): MBA

Minimum number graded credit hours: 72 

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA

Program Purpose Statement 

The mission of the MBA in Healthcare Management is to develop healthcare leaders and managers who can transform their organizations to meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare, which is defined by the Triple Aim of healthcare (to provide a quality experience for every patient, to reduce the per capita cost of healthcare, and to be responsible for the health of populations).  This is a 3-year, part-time, cohort program for working professionals in healthcare, which is offered jointly by the OHSU Division of Management and the Portland State University School of Business Administration.  Through this program students will acquire a:

  • Systematic understanding of the American healthcare industry and the characteristics of that distinguish it from other economic sectors.
  • The relevant business knowledge, skills, and tools to be effective leaders in healthcare.

The required interpersonal and organizational skills to manage cross-professional teams and lead profound change in healthcare.


Student Learning Outcomes Statements

All of our graduates will be able to: (LG = Learning Goal: SLO=Student Learning Objective)

LG 1 Leadership Effectiveness: Our graduates will demonstrate effective leadership competencies, supported by high levels of emotional intelligence (e.g., self awareness, self management, social awareness, and social management). 

  • SLO1 Student demonstrates effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • SLO2 Student demonstrates both self awareness and self management competencies in team environments.
  • SLO3 Student demonstrates both inquiry and advocacy competencies in team environments.

LG2 Systems Thinking: Our graduates will have a systems-thinking perspective.

  • SLO1 Student can analyze a problem/opportunity faced by an organization and develop alternatives for action and offer a solution that considers stakeholder interests.
  • SLO2 Student can analyze a problem/opportunity faced by an organization and develop alternatives for action and offer a solution that takes into consideration both the health of the organization and the people served by that organization.
  • SLO3 Student can analyze a problem/opportunity faced by an organization with an understanding of the interdependencies of economic, political, and health systems.

LG3 Analytical & Problem Solving Skills: Our graduates will be effective business decision makers who use appropriate analytical skills and quantitative techniques to address problems/opportunities

  • SLO1 Student can develop and utilize decision criteria for problem/opportunity identification.
  • SLO2 Student can select and employ appropriate analytical tools and quantitative techniques to address problem/opportunity.
  • SLO3 Student can select, present and defend a chosen alternative that is consistent with decision criteria.

LG4 Healthcare Industry Expertise: Our graduates will demonstrate expert knowledge of the healthcare industry with particular emphasis on healthcare as a system and the need to transform that system.

  • SLO1 Students understand the critical issues (access, quality, cost) facing the American healthcare system and how the issues affect their own organizations.
  • SLO2 Students understand how healthcare is paid for and how money flows in the American healthcare system.
  • SLO3 Students understand the day-to-day realities of managing in a healthcare organization.