Healthcare Management

Program Information

Program/Department Chair: James J. Huntzicker

Program length: 1-3 years

Admit by cohort: No

Authorized Award(s): MS, Graduate Certificate

Minimum number graded credit hours: 24-52

Minimum acceptable GPA: 3.0 GPA


Program Purpose Statement

The mission of the MS in Healthcare Management is to develop healthcare managers who will lead the transformation of healthcare organizations to meet the challenges of the 21st century 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 part-time, non-cohort program for working professionals in healthcare and is intended primarily for first- and second-level managers (or those transitioning into management) in healthcare organizations.

The purpose of the certificate program in Healthcare Management is to provide working professionals that are first- or second-level managers in healthcare organizations (or those considering a transition into management) with an overview of concepts and tools for the effective practice of management in healthcare organizations in a part-time program.


Student Learning Outcomes

All of our graduates of the MS Program will be able to: 

SLO1: Use effective interpersonal communication skills.

SLO2: Demonstrate effective leadership competencies, supported by high levels of emotional intelligence (e.g., self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management) in team environments.

SLO3: Demonstrates both inquiry and advocacy in team environments.

SLO4: Evaluate healthcare organizations by connecting financial performance with strategic objectives, initiatives and projects; and use the analysis to develop a business plan.

SLO5: Employ discipline or topic appropriate tools, methods and analytical approaches to complete a study of a problem/opportunity faced by a healthcare organization.

SLO6: Use study findings to develop possible solutions for problems by identifying and evaluating trade-offs of interventions from alternative viewpoints (e.g., organization's health, people served, other stakeholders).

SLO7: Describe a system's past, current and possible future behaviors that reflect an understanding of the interdependencies of economic, political and health systems.

SLO8: Analyze factors and challenges that impact healthcare delivery within and outside the United States.

SLO9: Critically evaluate the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside the United States.

SLO10: Design projects that apply healthcare management concepts and theories and use sound busness and change management practices and processes.


All of our graduates of the Graduate Certificate Program will be able to: 

SLO1: Perform effectively in work teams, both as leader and follower.

SLO2: Demonstrate self awareness and self-management competencies in team environments.

SLO3: Demonstrate the knowledge of fundamental and technical concepts of managing projects in healthcare.

SLO4: Apply basic qualitative and quantitative concepts and tools to support analysis and decision making of a problem/opportunity faced by a healthcare organization and generate alternatives for action that take into account different viewpoints.

SLO5: Apply insights on the complexity of the American healthcare system to examine the healthcare organization in which they are employed.

SLO6: Demonstrate understanding of selected contemporary health policy issues in Oregon and at the federal level.