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Health Care Management | Population Health Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Health Care Management | Population Health Concentration


The accelerated, online Master of Business Administration program provides you with high-quality professional advanced study in business. Courses incorporate personal values and professional ethics. For maximum flexibility for working adults, Business Administration degree program courses are offered 100% online. Ottawa offers eight fully online MBA concentrations to help you personalize your graduate education.

About our Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration

Ottawa University accelerated, online MBA students can now select the Health Care Management area of study.  Population Health Management is a rapidly emerging specialty area within health care that is focused on improving the health status of defined populations. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Health Care Reform, has mandated new models of care and financing that require entities to engage in the active management of populations that are “assigned” to them. These entities include traditional organizations, such as hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities. They also include newer organizational models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). 

Numerous career opportunities exist for professionals trained in Business who are knowledgeable in the design, implementation and measurement of Health Care Administration programs and Health Care Systems. Clinical background is not required for this concentration, but physicians, nurses and other clinical professionals would gain a marketable skill set by completing a Masters degree in Health Care Management. 

Career Outlook

Most medical and health services managers work in offices in health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, and group medical practices. Medical and health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers. Occupations with similar functions include office and administrative support supervisors and managers; cost estimators; property, real estate, and community association managers; purchasing managers, buyers and agents; education administrators and top executives. 

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages and people remain active later in life, there should be increased demand for healthcare services.The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $100,980 in May 2019.

Education and Qualifications

Those who are interested in becoming administrative services managers should have good leadership and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people, ranging from managers, supervisors and professionals, to clerks and bluecollar workers. They must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines.


  • Organizational Behavior and Theory: Examine human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.
  • Management of Information Systems: Examine the use of computer information systems in business organizations, with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision making. Explore current trends and emerging technologies.
  • Business Policy and Strategy Capstone Course: Develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses


Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Ottawa University has been continually accredited by the HLC since 1914. Ottawa University’s Health Care Management Concentration is also recognized by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.

Perspective on Health Care Management 

“What is really needed in business, the church, government, education, arts, or any other type of organization is a group of more enlightened, competent leader-managers who appreciate and understand the disciplines and interconnectedness of the world around them – who lead people with a shared sense of purpose and enthusiasm for the myriad challenges that confront them.” - Kevin C. Eichner Ottawa University Chancellor

Why Choose Ottawa

You should choose Ottawa because we make it easy for you to transfer credits, which keeps your tuition costs down. Our online MBA program flexibility for the on-the-go learner. We also provide accelerated 8-week terms, which speeds up your time to completion. Above all else, students from Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arizona choose Ottawa University because our reputation is known for excellence.

Leverage your background in the Health Care field in Ottawa University’s MBA program. Contact us today to learn more about our Population Health/Health Care Management concentration.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

See Also:

Master of Arts in Leadership

Master in Business Administration

Master in Human Resources

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MBA with Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration (36 credit hours)

Population Health/Health Care Management Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

Legal, Ethical and Political Aspects of Health Care Management | BUS 7303 (3 credit hours)
Examines the legal, ethical, and political forces and their impact on health care organizations. Explores principles and practical applications of laws affecting the operational decisions of health care providers, health plans, and third-party payors and managers, as well as health care products and services.

Regulatory Systems and Qualitative Assessment in Health Care Environments | BUS 7305 (3 credit hours) 
Course provides insight into a variety of regulatory bodies commonly found in the US health system and explores their function, standards, and impact on quality assessment procedures. Other topics include the meaning of quality as it relates to health and health care, the various roles and responsibilities of regulatory boards, and the application of quality improvement within the medical care sector.

Population Health Management | BUS 7810 (3 credit hours) 
Provides an in-depth overview of PHM as a discipline, its components, and business applications. Covers the PHM paradigm, principles of behavior changes, health system navigation and continuity of care.  Course addresses the business case for PHM, IT decision support, policy implication and ethical dimensions, using models of care management and research as its basis.

Program Development for Improved Outcomes | BUS 7816 (3 credit hours) 
Provides practical applications of strategies to improve the health status and outcomes of defined populations.

Master of Business Administration Courses

Module 1 - Behavioral Courses (6 credit hours)

Organizational Behavior and Theory | BUS 7000 (3 credit hours) 
Examines human behavior as it impacts the work organization. Includes theoretical foundations of motivation, group dynamics, leadership, decision-making, satisfaction and performance.

Value Systems and Professional Ethics | BUS 7200 (3 credit hours) 
Study of personal and corporate value systems and decision making. Investigation of personal beliefs, purposes and attitudes, and their effects on self and others. Examines the ethical dimensions of organizational structures and practices.

Module 2 - Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Strategic Marketing | BUS 7450 (3 credit hours) 
Covers the identification and selection of marketing opportunities, target markets and design, and implementation and evaluation of marketing programs.

Managerial Economics | BUS 7500 (3 credit hours)
Application of economic theory to managerial. Emphasis on both quantitative and qualitative application of microeconomic principles to business analysis.

Managerial Finance | BUS 7600 (3 credit hours)  
Application of the theories and tools used in financial decision making. Topics include present value and capital budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, market efficiency and capital structure.

Management Information Systems | BUS 7700 (3 credit hours)
Examines the use of computer information systems in business organizations with emphasis on how information technology supports business functions and aids managerial decision-making. Explores current trends and emerging technologies.

Management Accounting | BUS 7800 (3 credit hours) 
Explore use and application of accounting information for planning, control and decision making. Topics include: cost analysis and allocation, budgeting and behavioral aspects of accounting systems.

Module 3 - Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Graduate Seminar: Business Policies and Strategy | BUS 8500 (3 credit hours)   
Capstone course in which participants develop a major case study of business administration issues, programs and policies in a current organization. Draws from and utilizes concepts, theories, and skills developed in previous courses.

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