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Health care is a rapidly changing industry with a constant demand for innovative and dynamic professionals. Our master’s degree in health care administration prepares motivated individuals for management positions in hospitals, health systems, mental health facilities, physician practices, and government and non-government agencies.

Our Program

Our curriculum is designed so that students can tailor the program to meet their educational, professional and personal goals. Courses are taught by respected professionals who blend theoretical foundations with personal experiences from their areas of health care management expertise, all while respecting the University’s commitment to the mercy tradition.

Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, our program explores the latest trends and instructs students on how to develop the professional competencies expected by top health care organizations. While this degree may be completed entirely online, select courses are offered at our Newport campus and in a hybrid classroom/online format.

Program Spotlight: Nicole Paliotti

Nicole Paliotti '19 (M) recently left a six-figure job in marketing and sales and completely changed her career path to work in health care at South County Health in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. It's a decision that has ultimately been one of the most rewarding journeys she's ever taken both personally and professionally – and one that Salve Regina helped her achieve through its graduate program in health care administration.

I'm basically rebuilding my career, but it's something I feel passionate about. And I actually love getting up and going to work every day.

 

Time to Complete

18 to 24 months

Program Format

Online or evening classes

Application Deadline

Rolling admission

Our Faculty

While our program is designed for busy working professionals, it also makes room for personal time with faculty. The small online and in-class settings create a learning environment focused on networking opportunities and provocative group discussions. Students receive individual advisement from faculty with personalized, one-on-one sessions.

 

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Health Care Administration (M.S.)

12 courses | 36 credits

Required courses:

HCA501: Introduction to Health Care
HCA505: Health Care Marketing
HCA509: Human Resources Management
HCA519: Health Care Finance
HCA525: Ethics for Health Professionals
HCA528: Health Policy
HCA533: Health Law
HCA543: Public Health Administration
HCA547: Application of Health Care Management Theory
HCA570: Internship in Health Care Administration and Management

Students also choose two elective from a list of suggested courses in holistic studies and management. Students with work experience may replace HCA570: Internship with a third elective with approval from the program director.

Suggested electives:

  • HCA500: Research Methods
  • HCA540: Health Care and the Older Citizen
  • HCA581: Special Topics in Health Care Administration and Management
  • HCA591: Independent Study
  • HLC505: Laboratory in Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • HLC516: Psychology of Group Processes
  • MGT555: Organizational Development
  • MGT560: Labor Relations
  • MGT561: Financial Management
  • MGT567: Creative Problem-Solving

Concentrations in Health Care Administration

Cybersecurity

The concentration in cybersecurity prepares professionals with clinical or business backgrounds for the challenges of management in the rapidly changing field of health. The curriculum provides an in-depth understanding of cybersecurity threats, threat actors, cybersecurity risk management best practices, laws and regulations applicable to electronic health records, and techniques to build enterprise-wide cybersecurity awareness.

Required courses:

  • HCA501: Introduction to Health Care
  • HCA505: Health Care Marketing
  • HCA509: Human Resources Management
  • HCA519: Health Care Finance
  • HCA525: Ethics for Health Professionals
  • HCA530: Cybersecurity and Resiliency in Health Care Administration
  • HCA538: Cybersecurity and Health Care Policy
  • HCA542: Cybersecurity and Health Care Law
  • HCA543: Public Health Administration
  • HCA547: Application of Health Care Management Theory

Students also complete two elective courses. Possible electives include:

  • HCA500: Research Methods
  • HCA551: Hacking the Future of Health Care Administration
  • HCA552: Digital Health, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health Care Administration