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Health care management specialization

Embark on a career in one of the world’s most vibrant and vital sectors. A specialization in health care management can open doors to a variety of industries and put you on the forefront of innovation.

Combine your concentration with courses in finance, business analytics, information systems, marketing, or supply chain management to more closely align with your goals, and build on your quantitative and analytical skills to immediately add value to any organization.

The MBA curriculum is augmented through course offerings from other ASU colleges and departments, including the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and the Mayo Clinic partnership program in health care delivery.

The Health Care Management Association is a student organization that can enhance your networking opportunities with local and national professionals in the health care field.

Required courses

You must complete the following required courses plus at least one course from the list of electives in order to complete the concentration in business analytics.

Evaluates the various organizations and actors across the value chain of health care. Assess provider, supplier, payor, and IT perspectives. Learn the major business and clinical concepts needed to understand the global health sector and gain the skills to contribute to conversations about a health care company or problem.

Applies economic principles to understand individuals’ and firms’ behavior within the U.S. health care system. Economics will be used to analyze decisions made by patients and consumers, insurers, providers, policymakers, and pharmaceutical companies, with an emphasis on the influence of incentives and information on decisions.

Prerequisite: HSM 502


Analyzes the variety of organizations along the health sector value chain with an emphasis on suppliers, distributors, IT intermediaries, group purchasing organizations, regulatory bodies, and payers. Reviews the design of stakeholder relationships along the value chain and the considerations that drive decision-making and influence outcomes. Topics include strategic sourcing and contracting, stakeholder incentives and risk across the value chain, physician/professional perspectives, and the management of the value chain relationships.

Explores the changing roles in health care organizations’ approaches to patient-centricity, patient empowerment, responsibilities, and experience from a customer-centric viewpoint. Patient metrics – such as engagement, customer effort, net promotion, and satisfaction measures – will be considered. You will study marketing from the perspectives of the patient/provider, the organizational and network/system, and the organizational buying and selling processes.

Focuses on the creation of global business innovations in health care that can better meet these needs arising from quality, access, and costs. Craft business models that align an entrepreneurial health care venture and the six factors that shape this sector: financing, structure, public policy, consumers, technology, and accountability. These six factors are viewed across multiple fields, including insurance, services, IT, medical devices, biotechnology, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals.

Career paths

  • Administrative Fellow
  • IT Strategic Project Manager
  • COO in Training
  • Product Manager
  • Procurement Leadership Development Program

Notable employers

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona Advantage
  • Universal Health Services
  • Medtronic
  • Bayer
  • W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson