Master of Public Administration in Health Care Management

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The coursework in Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management focuses on the skills and knowledge relevant to managing public health care organizations. Learn more about Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration in Health Care Management program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of program is it?

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the public health care industry. There are two tracks, applied research or comprehensive examination, available for students to choose from. The program focuses on elements of health care leadership as well as areas like finance, human resource management, and research. Program coursework emphasizes public policy, federalism, and more. Students will also have an opportunity to study the professions associated with health care.

What are the prerequisites?

Applicants interested in applying to Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management should hold a bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED. Since the program is offered online, applicants need access to a computer.

What are the course requirements?

The Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management consists of a total of 55 credits. Credit requirements are divided between 30 core credits, and 25 open elective credits. Specific course requirements could change. If you are interested in enrolling in Kaplan University, speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Major Requirements

  • Public Administration and Management
  • Research and Writing in Public Administration
  • Leadership in the Public Sector
  • Finance and the Administration of Public Funds
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • Applied Research or Comprehensive Examination Capstone (depending on chosen track)

Health Care Management Intensive Study Area

  • Health Care Organizations and Finance
  • Federalism and the Health Care Delivery System
  • Professionals and Health Care Institutions
  • Public Policy and Health Administration
  • 500/600-Level Legal Studies Elective

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management graduates could be prepared to pursue career opportunities in hospitals, rehabilitation center, public healthcare organizations and more. Entry-level positions could include*:

  • Health service manager
  • Health care administrator
  • Health care manager
  • Public healthcare administrator

Advanced Degrees

Kaplan University's Master of Public Administration with an intensive study area in Health Care Management program could also help you prepare to further your education at the doctoral degree level. Graduates could pursue doctoral degrees in general public administration health care management or other specialized areas of the field. A few degrees that you could consider include†:

  • Doctor of Health Care Administration
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Public Health
  • Doctor of Health Education