Healthcare Management


About the MBA in Healthcare Management

Be ready for a strong career in a complex healthcare environment.

The specialized MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management at PennWest California puts your business management skills to work in a healthcare setting.

This graduate degree program can be completed 100% online or through a blend of on-campus and online courses. The program combines the core competencies of PennWest California's nationally ranked Master of Business Administration program with specialized courses focused on medical and healthcare organizations.

Students wishing to study on-campus or through a combination of on-campus and online coursework (multi-modal) must begin their MBA program in the Fall semester.

Meet the growing demand for healthcare business professionals.

Finish the 36-credit MBA in healthcare management in as little as 15 months of full-time study  or complete the program at your own pace. You'll learn the relevance of business and technology to the provision of health and medical care, and:

  • Explore the changing nature of health and medical care and the implications for medical practice, medical education and research, and health policy.
  • Analyze major challenges healthcare organizations face in managing the adoption and implementation of information technology.
  • Analyze the healthcare delivery system within broad social, political and economic contexts.

U.S. News & World Report annually has ranked PennWest California's online graduate MBA programs among the best in the country from 2016 to 2019.

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Job Opportunities: The rapidly aging population in Pennsylvania and across the United States has increased employment opportunities for management professionals within the healthcare industry.

Balanced Focus: The MBA: Healthcare Management program combines 18 credits of core MBA courses with 18 credits of specialized healthcare management courses, providing a balance between foundational business knowledge and career-focused learning.


18 %
Projected annual employment growth for medical and health services management from 2018 through 2028, a rate much higher than average for all occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Median pay for medical and health services managers in May 2018, with more than 406,100 jobs in this field.
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Degree Benefits

Students in the MBA in Healthcare Management develop these career-ready skills:

  • Use quantitative and financial tools to manage and evaluate healthcare services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information technology, including medical records systems.
  • Apply healthcare economics principles and policies to make informed business management decisions.
  • Analyze our U.S. healthcare systems compared to offerings in other countries.
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Graduate Outcomes

Students who complete the MBA in Healthcare Management at PennWest California are prepared for careers in government, nonprofit and for-profit healthcare organizations, with job titles such as:

  • Nursing home administrator.
  • Physician practice manager.
  • Clinical manager.
  • Health information manager.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs



Course Credits
Core Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
Course Options (Specialized Courses)  
ECO 765  Health Economics and Policy 3
MGT 761  U.S. Health Care Policy 3
MGT 763  Health Systems Management 3
MIS 766  Healthcare Informatics 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
Total 36


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.60 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.59 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Those that have graduated 20+ years ago and are working in a related field, may submit their resume for review.  Those that have not, must complete the GMAT with a 550 or better for consideration.



  • Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores,transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

    This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.



  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Submit officialtranscripts by mail or email to:

    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
      Phone: 724-938-4187
Related Programs

Other MBA Concentrations:

  • Accounting: Prepare to manage accounting information within a business enterprise.
  • Applied economics: Learn to apply economic theory and analysis skills to address issues in business, public policy and behavioral analysis.
  • Business analytics: Explore trends in information technology and transform data into meaningful tools that drive business strategies.
  • ManagementEnhance personal leadership competencies and build skills that can be used to solve problems and generate results.
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On-Point Coursework

Specialized courses address relevant topics such as U.S. Healthcare Management and Policy, Healthcare Information Systems, and Health Economics.

MBA in Healthcare Management

Focus on the Future

MBA students explore the changing nature of 21st-century medical care and the implications for medical practice, medical education and research, and healthcare policies now and in the future.

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Top Online Program

PennWest California was No. 2 on’s list of Top Accredited Online Colleges in 2019 and Best Accredited Online Schools in 2020. College Factual gives PennWest California an “A” grade as a Best Value school for 2020, and listed its MBA programs among the Best Pennsylvania Online MBA Degree Programs in 2019.


Healthcare Management Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Todd Kane
Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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