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Overview of the Executive Leadership Specialization
Prepare to make strategic decisions that benefit patient care and your organization’s bottom line. The executive leadership specialization of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree offers interprofessional education and professional certifications to help you advance your career.
Delivered online with optional immersions that allow you to complete your MHA in less time, the executive leadership specialization offers a flexible and hands-on educational experience with opportunities to connect directly with faculty and peers.
Work with students from different healthcare professions to gain new perspectives and solve problems through collaboration. Learn from faculty who are experienced healthcare leaders and educators. Enhance your skillset and open the door to promotions with MHA certification opportunities.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to expand your leadership role in healthcare and take your career to the next level.
Whom Is the Executive Leadership Specialization Designed For?
If your professional goals center around leadership in healthcare, choose the executive leadership specialization of the MHA.
This option is designed for students who wish to gain the management, policy, and strategic decision-making skills to lead integrated healthcare teams. Our executive leadership development program is also ideal for working professionals who are looking for flexible options to help balance work and family time.
We offer a number of options to tailor your health administration master’s degree, including accelerated learning options that can help you earn your degree in less time.
What You’ll Learn in the Executive Leadership Program
The MHA executive leadership specialization includes courses in organizational leadership and policy, human resources management, project management, and more. You’ll learn about styles of leadership in healthcare that support effective interprofessional collaboration, process improvement, and project and quality management. You will also engage in simulations and other executive leadership training that enhance your learning experience and help open the door to new career pathways.
Engage in Networking and Interprofessional Learning
Join one of the best executive leadership programs for cross-disciplinary learning. Integrating interprofessional education (IPE) coursework and clinical simulation activities, our program prepares you to communicate and collaborate effectively with team members across disciplines. This helps you prepare to practice in the real world, broaden your skillset as a professional, and ultimately lead organizations that provide better health outcomes for patients. Learn more about the benefits of interprofessional education at USAHS.
Advance Your Career with Industry Certifications
Available to all MHA students, the Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) is a national-level certification that demonstrates your knowledge of today’s patient-centered revenue cycle. You’ll explore processes related to patient access, registration, billing, and claims management. You’ll also learn proven best practices to positively impact the revenue cycle and enhance the patient experience.
Prepare for the Real World of Healthcare Management
Take on the role of CEO, marketing consultant, quality improvement director and other key leadership positions as part of an immersive virtual simulation featured in our Foundations of Healthcare Administration course.
In Revenue Cycle and Reimbursement Management, you’ll take the Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR) professional examination offered by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Under the guidance of faculty mentors, you will also develop and complete a capstone project that explores a specific aspect of leadership in healthcare.
Opportunities for Graduates of the MHA Executive Leadership Program
There is a growing demand for skilled leadership in healthcare. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers will grow 32% over the next decade—more than three times the average growth rate for all occupations.
Our MHA graduates have gone on to roles such as business development manager, clinical informaticist, and vice president of operations in telemedicine. Other roles you might prepare for with a specialization in the executive leadership development program include:
- Health services and nursing leader
- Business operations strategist
- Revenue cycle manager
- Director of compliance
Other Specializations for the Master of Health Administration Degree
Business Intelligence Specialization
Learn to use data to make decisions about business operations and patient care, focusing on areas such as data analytics, health informatics, and information management.
Interprofessional Education Specialization
Gain the leadership, project management, and communication skills you need to facilitate effective collaboration between healthcare provider teams.