Improve Patient Care with an Online Master’s in Healthcare Administration

You’re confident in your ability to become an effective leader who drives healthcare process. Earn the degree that will help get you there.

The Value of a University of Wisconsin Education

Where you get your degree is important to employers. How much you invest is important to you. The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration degree takes both into consideration. You’ll graduate with a degree from the University of Wisconsin, one of the largest and most widely respected public and accredited higher education organizations in the country. And you’ll pay a flat-rate tuition of $725 per credit ($26,825 total), whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.


Lead Strategy. Lead Change

The daily job duties of a healthcare administrator focus on high-level decisions that drive organizational strategies and processes. In your role, you’ll likely have a significant effect on your organization, its employees, and the patients it treats. To succeed in providing a positive impact, you’ll need to be proficient in creating operational efficiencies, managing costs, overseeing staff, and implementing healthcare laws and regulations. The UW Healthcare Administration curriculum has courses that focus on each of these imperative skills, plus additional competencies that will be essential to your career.


Capstone Course

Employers want to hire professionals who have a proven track record of successful project implementation, and a degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Wisconsin ensures you will. As part of the final course, the capstone experience, you’ll use everything you’ve learned in the program to strategize and lead a project for a real workplace. Each project is tailored to a student’s interest and career goals and often results in job opportunities and professional connections. Students in other UW online programs have performed capstone projects for major organizations such as the UW Medical Foundation, Aspirus, SSM Health, Detroit Medical Center, D1 Green Bay Sports Training, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, and the Miami VA Healthcare System.


Careers Outlook

Healthcare is a vital asset in society, and healthcare administrators are vital to the communities and organizations they serve. Changes in our population—changes in age, location, and background—are increasing the demand for strategic professionals who can serve a diverse demographic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health manager and administrator roles are expected to increase by 20% by 2026—a much faster rate of growth than other fields. In addition to an increase in overall opportunity, healthcare administrators also have higher-than-average job satisfaction—the role was included in CNN Money’s 2017 top 10 jobs for happiness and satisfaction. Current professionals cited their role in benefiting society, as well as the autonomy and creativity of day-to-day job duties as factors in their professional well-being.


Management Techniques + Healthcare Insight

In order to effectively lead within a healthcare environment, you’ll need to not only understand healthcare systems, policies, and workplace processes, but also complex, high-level strategic management techniques and best practices. The 11 core courses in the UW Healthcare Administration master’s degree break down the essential competencies required to be proficient in each area. You will learn the major trends in U.S. healthcare systems and population health, how to communicate those patterns across an organization, and the laws and policies that will affect your workplace and teams. Additionally, you’ll gain knowledge and skill in organizational financials and capital management, quality and performance improvement, and strategic leadership.

The University of Wisconsin Healthcare Administration program is a collaboration of UW Extended Campus and: