MA, Leadership: Health Care Specialization

Study Format Online

This degree is available 100% online.

Program Length 33 credits*, 24 months


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


The curriculum in health care leadership is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the health care industry. Students study leadership and administration, human resources, public policy, epidemiology, law and ethics in a health care context. Key policies, principles, and practices of health care administration and leadership are explored within the context of personal and professional development.

Core Courses

Leadership and Excellence

Overview of leadership theories and leadership concepts, systems and organizational perspectives, organizational performance and effectiveness, and learning organization concepts and strategies.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

The course is designed to prepare students with diverse perspectives, frameworks, skills and tools for executing effective strategy within mission driven organizations. Topics include effective mission driven organizations, role of strategic leadership, tools for developing and assessing strategic engagement, stakeholder concerns, and opportunities for leading change initiatives and strategic planning.

Ethical and Social Leadership

Examine and explore ethical dilemmas of leadership, the context and foundations of moral choice, moral implications of decisions and ramifications of leader choices. Ethical challenges and decision making criteria, stewardship and social responsibility in an age of increased organizational accountability and transparency.

Introduction to Research

This course examines foundation level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be an active participant in the generation and implementation of research knowledge. 


Specialization Courses

Health Care Systems I

An overview of health care systems focusing on the role of values, assessment of health status and analysis of need, access and use of services, supply, demand, and distribution of health resources, analysis of health care costs and expenditures.

Health Care Systems II

Examination of the private and public financing of health services, quality of care assessment, control of quality and costs of care, professional self-regulation and compliance, leadership and administration approaches, and government regulations and system reform.

Leading People in Health Care Organizations

Knowledge and skills for understanding and effective leadership of people in health care organizations (human resources). Strategies for dealing with culture, diversity, teams, cross training, virtual issues.  Prerequisites: HAL 6100 and HAL 6150

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Health Care

Examination of the major legal issues encountered in the health care industry. Topics are principles of liability, contract negotiations, legal aspects of medical ethics, access to included health care and legislative, regulatory and compliance protocol.

Health Care Finance and Economics

Issues in health finance, particularly as these impact health care administration, health policy, policy formation, and population health. Microeconomic and macroeconomic considerations are presented.

Public Policy in Health Care

Issues related to US Public Health Policy and allocation of resources. Consideration of local, state, regional, and national public health funding and policy. Examination of health care policy on health education and promotion, medical services, and practice.


Capstone Experience

Leadership Capstone

This course serves a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate course experience. The course is designed to provide a final experience in which students demonstrate mastery of content and allow an opportunity for closure and connection between courses. The purpose of this capstone course is to facilitate the integration and synthesis of content through critical thinking; it is also a turning point for the student from education to professional practice.

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