The Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration (MHA) is designed for current and future leaders in healthcare with the desire to strengthen their skills to lead in team-based, diverse, and innovative settings. Due to the often complex and dynamic nature of the healthcare administration field, this online master's in healthcare administration (MHA) program seeks to provide the skills necessary to lead positive change in organizations, maintain ethical governance, and increase effectiveness in the day-to-day managing of healthcare departments in a HIPAA compliant environment.
Students who complete this degree will have learned to examine the foundational models and theories of leadership, initiate change through innovative solutions, develop individual leadership style, build dialogue and collaboration through successful relational skills, and understand how to solve complex healthcare administrative issues. Students can expect to learn in constructivist, collaborative online courses, engage in peer-to-peer exchanges, actively participation in discussion forums in critical dialogue and debate with instructors to prepare them to create sustainable and positive change within the healthcare field.
Skills learned include how to recruit, hire, direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of healthcare personnel, develop and maintain computerized record management systems, develop and implement organizational healthcare policies and procedures, and conduct and administer fiscal operations for healthcare organizations.
The M.A. in Healthcare Administration aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce human resource professionals and leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of diverse viewpoints to resolve problems:
As a graduate of healthcare administration, you will be prepared to approach your career from a new perspective. The skills and competencies this degree offers you can apply to roles in a variety of capacities such as:
A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.
The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.
Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.
The course sequence for this program is based on sequential concepts that build upon the previous coursework. In addition, courses taken alternate between relational and analytical to balance the learning progress and to encourage application of new knowledge.
Leadership in action is designed to support the exploration of leadership through self-reflection and assessment, including creating a personal mission statement and developing a leadership philosophy. Students will review a variety of leadership assessments, theories, and strategies on power dynamics, decision making, ethically addressing toxic leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and cultural awareness. Students will explore practical and experiential leadership styles and consider consequences of choices in the role of leading others. In addition, students will review and apply research strategies to develop knowledge and skills for action research preparing for the capstone action project. The course topics center around developing key leadership and action research skills to understand influencers in the social change process.
The U.S. healthcare system is complex and ever-transforming to meet the needs of patients and providers alike. Leadership in healthcare organizations requires a variety of skills to achieve effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Understanding and applying the foundational concepts of the delivery of quality care is essential for any leader in the field. This course is designed to provide an extensive and critical overview of issues, responses, and challenges in health services delivery, population health, and health policy in the United States. The course will examine efforts made to respond to, organize, deliver, and finance high quality, cost-effective healthcare to improve the HIPAA compliant environment and delivery system. Having evaluated the socioeconomic, political, and environmental forces influencing the organization, financing, and delivery of personal and public health services, students will be able to apply their learning to effectively lead within a complex healthcare organization. Health services and policy concepts and terminology, including health determinants, access to care, system integration, and policy development are emphasized.
Quality management is the ability to use systems and processes to drive improvements toward achieving the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim. The systems perspective and fundamentals presented in this course will provide students with the tools to achieve quality through assessment and analysis. This course provides frameworks and approaches to foster critical thinking by enhancing students' ability to raise vital questions addressing problems and to formulate clear and precise answers. The student will learn to gather and assess relevant information, use abstract ideas to interpret effectively, develop well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, and test those conclusions against relevant criteria and standards. The student will be encouraged to think open-mindedly engaging in alternative systems of thought, recognize and assess assumptions, implications, and practical consequences and solutions to complex problems. In this course, the student will explore the tools used to improve quality outcomes by applying multiple perspectives, tools, analytics, and solutions when examining complex quality issues.
Health policies are an inescapable and critical component of everyday lives. The accessibility, cost and quality of health care, preparedness for disasters, the safety of our food, water, environment and medications, the right to make individual decisions about personal health and well-being, and many other issues, are vitally tied to health policies and laws. Health policies have a lasting effect on quality of life as individuals and on our welfare as a nation. The course will provide a framework for understanding and analyzing a range of health policy issues. The course begins by introducing the U.S. policy-making at all three levels of government. It then considers essential issues in health policy including international health policy, health economics, individual rights in health care, and health policy research.
Organizational Behavior is a field of study that is a distinct area of expertise with a common body of knowledge which focuses on three determinants of behavior in organizations: individuals, groups, and structure. Organizational Behavior applies the knowledge gained about individuals, groups, and the effect of structure on behavior in order to make organizations operate more effectively. Therefore, Organizational Behavior is concerned specifically with employment-related situations, this course will examine behavior in the context of job satisfaction, absenteeism, employment turnover, productivity, human performance, and management. Human resources support the organization's primary activities. In this course, the student will apply pertinent laws, disciplinary processes, and performance appraisals in order to avoid the numerous obstacles and pitfalls that can occur in human resources-related issues within a healthcare organization.
In today's healthcare environment, where financial realities play an important role in many, if not in most decisions, healthcare managers at all levels must understand the fundamentals of finance and how that knowledge is used to enhance the financial well-being of the institution. This course introduces graduate health administration students to the basic principles and applications of healthcare finance that managers use daily. In addition, the course provides students with a detailed overview of the healthcare reimbursement system and a comprehensive outlook on the insurance payer mix that impacts healthcare financing. Topics range from foundation concepts in healthcare finance, healthcare business basics, the impact of the affordable care act in healthcare financing, planning and budgeting to financial operations, pricing decisions, profit analysis, capital investment and risk analysis. Consideration of ethical behavior in healthcare financial planning and operations will also be presented.
Health informatics is the practice of acquiring, analyzing and maintaining health data and applying medical concepts with health information technology systems. This course will demonstrate the innovative and best practice technology within healthcare applications to support human health by individuals, professionals, care delivery organizations, and communities. Informatics are essential components in selecting the techniques and systems used for transforming clinical data into information, knowledge and improved decision-making. This course will focus on systems, standards, and policies to connect people and technologies securely across healthcare ecosystems in a mindful, ethical manner. Information gained in this course will be useful in providing organizations and providers with the knowledge to use healthcare data from multiple sources in a meaningful manner.
Epidemiology is the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, possible control of diseases, and other factors relating to health. While epidemiology has been considered a medical science, managerial epidemiology will demonstrate to future leaders the importance of collaboration between the providers and management on how to best serve the various populations they will encounter. Epidemiology is a core discipline pertinent to all branches of healthcare and there is a growing need for leaders to acquire a broader understanding to apply concepts and methods related to population health to best manage and promote health, disease prevention, and planning of health services. Epidemiological principles, followed by examples, concepts and case studies in this course will allow students to use for effective healthcare management and policy formulation.
This course introduces students to the formal study of healthcare research methods, including literature search, hypothesis generation and testing, sampling theory, research design, data analysis, ethics in research and report writing. Application of these methods will be made to research on health related and health administration topics. The student will have an opportunity to practice applying those skills to a current issue in the healthcare field.
The educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This project draws on the entire educational experience including research, analysis, and determining appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.
In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, and culture. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. Learn More.
Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 12 months at a low cost of $18,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.
Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.
As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.
Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.
Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.
The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.
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Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.
"All in all, I am better equipped to be an agent of positive change. I have found ways to use my education in my current work environment and in the volunteer work I do in education and with non-profits."
"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."
"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."
"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."
"The Master's of Social Impact program taught me to take a grassroots approach to development."
"CLU has been such a blessing to my life. CLU helps strengthen my leadership skills through mindfulness, meaningful dialogue and collaborations that allow us to suspend assumption, approach non judgmentally and create strong foundations of shared vision in order to not forget the human part of our world, as we seek our purpose and deeply feel and understand our "why" in our journey towards change."
Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:
Dr. Wright has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy, a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Special Education, all from the University of Missouri. Dr. Wright is a Faculty Leader for the University of Missouri Service Learning program where she leads students in service learning in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, Dr. Wright serves as a reviewer for several professional organizations and journals and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida and teaches ballet as a volunteer to young children with disabilities.
Kim L. Brown-Jackson has over 20 years of experience as practitioner, academician, quality healthcare leader and performance and learning strategist guiding business process improvement through biomedical services, public health, advanced drug development, telemedicine/ telehealth initiatives. Specializes in regulatory compliant industries (biologics, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).
Brown-Jackson is known for utilizing best practices to identify opportunities for expanding services, increasing better health outcomes, articulating how streamlined processes add value to the patient and client outcomes, reducing the days to go live, delivering positive outcomes and revenue for the government, organizations, companies, and clients.
Dr. Carl Wills is an organizational strategist and Senior Vice President for Accelerithrm. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare and enjoys developing strategies to foster healthcare improvements in both patient care and administration. When he isn’t instructing or glued to the computer screen, he spends time supporting causes such as the American Cancer Society and Surf Rider Foundation, he enjoys surfing, traveling, and working around the garden. He is currently working on a new research project that deals with motivation. You can reach him at email@example.com
Dr. White is currently researching bullying and harassment in healthcare and has worked in several hospitals in Virginia over the past 13 years in various roles, including management, home health liaison, account executive, and technician. Dr. White earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice (2010) from Liberty University and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management (2013) from Saint Leo University. He earned his Doctorate of Health Science with a concentration in Education (2017) from A. T. Still University, where his research focused on attendance barriers to ophthalmology appointments.
Urmala Roopnarinesingh lives in South Florida. She has over 10 years experience in both higher education, as well as healthcare. Her career includes several leadership positions in pharmaceuticals, medical practices and higher education administration. She has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration and she is currently completing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Higher Education Administration. Urmala is originally from the island of Trinidad, West Indies. She enjoys going to the beach, reading and traveling.
Ms. Fox has two masters degrees (Master of Medical Science and Master of Health Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on medical sciences. She has 9 years experience in a variety of healthcare administration roles and has accepted a new role at Stanford University as Director of Fracture Liaison Consult Service for the orthopaedic trauma department. In addition, Ms. Fox has demonstrated extensive volunteer international service health care work in West Africa.
Dr. Alicia Chatman has 15 years of practical experience within healthcare as a healthcare researcher, expert in Health Information Management, Quality, Health Economics and Business Operations and university teaching. Dr. Chatman holds a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration (DHA) and has been a faculty member and dissertation editor for seven years. Dr. Chatman’s motto is “Your attitude determines your altitude”, meaning: your attitude will take you as far as you are willing to go.
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