The UW Master of Science in Healthcare Administration offers 100% online healthcare management courses. All course content, from multimedia lectures and e-learning tools to homework assignments, will be delivered to you through the program’s online learning management system. You can study and do homework whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.
Students are required to take each of the 12 healthcare- and management-focused courses in the curriculum. Due to the unique nature of the program, courses from other degree programs may not transfer in directly for Healthcare Administration courses. Only your campus adviser can determine how previous coursework might satisfy Healthcare Administration requirements.
UW Healthcare Administration Course Descriptions
The selection of courses for the UW Healthcare Administration program varies each fall, spring, and summer. Course offerings are subject to change due to fluctuating enrollments.
Current students should consult with their campus adviser about setting up their academic schedule prior to registration. See course descriptions below, then speak with an enrollment adviser to learn about upcoming course schedules.
This course introduces the many public and private elements of the U.S. healthcare system. In it, you will explore the historical, social and cultural, financial and economic, and political and regulatory factors of healthcare delivery, plus learn how those factors interact to influence patient care and services and affect individual and population health outcomes.
This course identifies and addresses epidemiology and biostatistics, including study design within a healthcare framework. You will learn techniques for applying these elements to individuals and populations, while addressing critical public health perspectives to improve the health of a community, from the individual to large systems.
This course focuses on the use and analysis of communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that impact health. You will explore topics such as the social construction of health, social support, literacy, survivorship, social and community issues, risk management, marketing and public relations, health messaging and promotional campaigns, theory application, and identity across contexts.
This course covers tech- and data-related topics in healthcare including electronic health records, health IT privacy and security, health information exchanges, IT for revenue cycle management, healthcare data analytics, technologies for diagnosis and treatment, and big data applications in healthcare.
This course is a study of the principles of healthcare finance. You will explore topics such as financial and management accounting, the financial reporting structure of healthcare organizations, healthcare financial statement analysis, costing and budgetary methods, sources of healthcare revenue and expenses, processes for healthcare billing, and capital investment decisions.
In this course, you will examine complexities in healthcare human resource management strategies. You will leave with knowledge and tools to develop high-potential workforces using a people-centered approach to human capital management, organizational culture, communication, and talent development. Your skills will ensure a competitive advantage in creating sustainable high-performance healthcare organizations in rural and urban settings.
This course explores operations management techniques unique to healthcare processes. It addresses solutions for operational issues in healthcare facilities and supply chain, and highlights essential components of healthcare project management. The curriculum emphasizes operational and management tools and techniques for project and process execution in a healthcare environment.
This course provides an overview of quality models and risk management in healthcare. You will explore theories, concepts, skills, tools, and environmental factors, with a focus on measurement and analysis techniques and the real-world application of quality approaches to implement and sustain performance improvements.
This course is a study of the political, legal, regulatory, and ethical environments within which healthcare administrators operate. You will examine the legal frameworks related to the healthcare system, with an ethical focus. The curriculum considers the impact of political structure on healthcare policy, with an emphasis on the role played by healthcare administrators in policy advocacy.
This course is focused on organization development and leadership theories, including the self-discovery of leadership potential and change leadership strategies applied within healthcare organizations. As a blend of theory and application, the course is designed for you to work toward identifying and implementing broad-scale organizational change while employing strategic leadership practices.
This course investigates current and emerging trends influencing healthcare today, including policies and politics, ethics, emerging technologies, healthcare population and disease demographics, and reimbursement models. You will explore and understand the differences between rural, urban, and global settings.
This course is designed to prepare you for the applied capstone course. You will assist with capstone site identification, coordination, and approval of placement; plus develop a substantive project to work on with your site mentor/supervisor.
The capstone course is a culmination of all prior coursework and learnings. Each project is tailored to a student’s interest and career goals, and often results in job opportunities and professional connections.You will apply aspects of healthcare administration theory and dynamics of interprofessionalism in a real-world healthcare setting. Your capstone work (a minimum of 150 hours) will be completed in partnership with designated site mentor/supervisors. The end result will be a substantive project deliverable demonstrating the summative application of your previous coursework.