Master today’s evolving landscape with an Online MS in Healthcare Management.

As the healthcare industry navigates a global epidemic, American University is committed to continuing to help and prepare our students to meet their career goals and support the education of future healthcare leaders in this rapidly changing field.

The online Master’s in Healthcare Management gives you the critical skills in evaluation, data analysis, and presentation you need to lead in this demanding industry. You’ll become the resource for transformative healthcare, creating exemplary strategy and seamless implementation to provide improved wellness for your institution and your patients.

Application fee waivers now available for applicants that complete their application file within three weeks.

Improve Health and Wellness

This 20-month, 30-credit online program prepares you to improve the health and wellness of your staff, your organization, and most importantly, your patients. By mastering your understanding of data and using emergent healthcare technologies, you’ll create and present powerful organizational strategies that help you:

  • Manage and cultivate ethical, intercultural relationships
  • Establish professional relationships with project stakeholders
  • Evaluate and apply models of care delivery and payment innovation
  • Deliver strategies to clinicians and staff to positively impact patient care
  • Assess and implement new models of healthcare optimization
  • Evaluate and manage the financial risk of various healthcare payment arrangements
  • Manage patient safety and security risks in health information systems

Innovative Curriculum

Success in the workplace requires more than possessing relevant knowledge. You must also know how to communicate your ideas, work with teams, make ethical decisions, think critically, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence. To ensure our graduates learn these skills—and more—our online MS in Healthcare Management program was designed with the input of an advisory council comprised of healthcare industry experts using a unique curriculum structure called the Professional Studies Experience (PSE). The four-phase curriculum model blends professionally aligned advanced training and workplace skill-building with the standard coursework required of your Healthcare Management degree.

The courses are led by faculty with expert academic credentials in healthcare management who have a wide variety of experience in the government, nonprofit, and for profit sectors of healthcare, consulting, and policy.

Featured Courses

  • Standards & Systems in U.S. Healthcare
  • Principles of Health Information Technology & Innovation
  • Evaluation of New Models of Care Delivery & Payment
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Healthcare Management Capstone
American’s Master’s in Healthcare Management curriculum is specifically aligned with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) standards.

Career Opportunities

Trends in job postings suggest that opportunities in healthcare strategic management have more than doubled from 2010, from 11 million to 28 million in 2015.1 When you study at American University, you benefit from superior academic rigor and networking opportunities to perfectly position you for these executive roles. In fact, 92 percent of graduate degree holders find jobs or go on to further studies.

The online MS in Healthcare Management prepares you for leadership roles in traditional and nontraditional settings and industries, including:

  • Healthcare Provider Organizations
  • Consulting
  • Government Agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Extended Care Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Informational Technology
  • Medical Software
  • Healthcare Informatics and Analytics

More Benefits of American University

In addition to a rigorous curriculum developed by industry professionals, American University prepares you for career success with additional benefits.

  • Free program-director advising and coaching: Meet with American’s program director for one-on-one pre-enrollment advising and post-enrollment career coaching.
  • Free access to the Career Directions Program. The Career Directions Program provides support specifically targeted to the adult learner audience and provides a variety of services to assist in placing you in a successful career including: career guidance, resume review, job search and interview techniques, professional workshops and networking events and the official Myers-Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool assessment and interpretation.
  • Free HIMSS student membership: Students in the online MSHCM program at American University are entitled to AOA Student Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) membership for free.
  • Career focus: Curricular emphasis on decision-making, communication/presentation skills, data analytic skills, and analytical reasoning are particularly relevant for mid- and senior-level healthcare management positions, healthcare consulting and healthcare policy analysts.

Online Graduate Certificate Available

Expand your skill set quickly with an Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management. In as little as 12 to 15 months, you gain critical knowledge through four courses focused on the evaluation of healthcare delivery methods, processes, technology innovation, and data-driven decision making.

Explore Your Future in Healthcare Leadership

To learn more about American University's online MS in Healthcare Management or Graduate Certificate, complete the form to the right to request more information, or contact an admissions adviser at 855-725-7614.


1Data obtained from Burning Glass Technologies on February 2, 2016

"Our goal is to develop an elite group of change agents for healthcare management and healthcare consulting in the 21st century through a unique analytical and competency skill-based curriculum."

- Sam Hanna, Program Director

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