Master of Science Integrated Healthcare Management
The introduction of the Affordable Care Act, the accountable care movement, and other key policy initiatives in recent years have had a large impact on every aspect of the healthcare industry, from hospitals and clinics to insurance companies, device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. As a result, the demand for a new kind of healthcare leader has emerged. WGU's online Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management (MSIHCM), designed in collaboration with some of healthcare’s foremost leaders, was created to prepare healthcare professionals to lead in the 21st century, ultimately delivering higher quality patient outcomes.
Who the Program is For:
Experienced healthcare professionals, leaders, and managers:
- Seeking a master's degree to prepare for a key leadership role in healthcare management.
- Looking to expand their knowledge and expertise in areas such as the Affordable Care Act, patient care, and other changing healthcare initiatives.
- Committed to leading the change in healthcare and interested in one of the following careers: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Administrator, Provider Network Executive, Home Health Agency President, Health System Vice President, Ambulatory Services Executive, Department or Division Director, Behavioral Health Director, Clinical Director, or Managed Care Analyst.
While you should plan to commit 20 to 30 hours a week to your studies, this program is flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
WGU’s online Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management program has been developed in close collaboration with experts and leaders working in major healthcare leadership positions as well as with the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative.
The Master of Science in Integrated Healthcare Management degree program requires completion of project-based courses, supporting courses, and a capstone course, focused around 5 core competencies. While the key emphasis is quality improvement of person-focused care through the development of management skills across integrated healthcare systems, this degree also embeds themes that foster innovation and sustainability in healthcare systems such as professionalism, technology, and ethical practice.
- Healthcare Strategist
- Transformational Leader
- Value Innovator
- Tactical Manager
- Person-Focused Care
Projects become progressively more complex as you progress through the curriculum, integrating more competencies to provide key skill sets and a knowledge base that will help your career.
Key Subject Areas
All offered online and developed by experts in experiential learning, these courses will add to your credentials:
Healthcare Information Technology
Healthcare Financial Management
Analytical Methods of Healthcare Professionals
Enterprise Risk Management
Population Health and Care Coordination
Challenges in Community Health
The M.S. in Integrated Healthcare Management program culminates in a capstone project. The capstone is a final project based on real-world situations that allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a real-world situation you've identified as an opportunity for improvement.