The graduate program in health administration is consistently ranked as a top program in the United States and attracts students with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, which further enriches the classroom experience. The HA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The program is the only such program in the Rocky Mountain region and was started in 1968. Full-time faculty with distinguished research records and a select group of practicing managers provide students with the latest thinking on the most important health issues.
The curriculum of the MBA with an emphasis in Health Administration is a synthesis of management concepts and techniques that are applicable to any economic organization, and tools that can be specifically applied to health services systems. The program emphasizes skills that strengthen basic analytic and decision-making processes used by top level managers in selecting broad strategies and by junior managers in administering sub-units in healthcare organizations.
Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Administration must complete a minimum of 51 semester hours of graduate-level course work to receive their degree. The curriculum is based on a series of structured learning sequences. Most of the courses are available in the evening to enable working students to pursue the degree on a part-time basis. The specific course requirements are as follows:
*HLTH 6071 or HLTH 6072 can be selected if not used as Health Administration Information Technology Elective.
Specialized Tracks in the MBA with an Emphasis in Health Administration
Each track carries its own specific course requirements. To provide a variety of perspectives and experiences within a specific area of health administration, each track includes courses that span various departments within the Business School, other schools at CU Denver, and other University of Colorado campuses.
International Health Management and Policy Track
Financial Management Track
Health Information Technology Management Track
Notes and Restrictions
Administrative Residency. An administrative residency is optional but recommended for students with limited healthcare experience. The program faculty provide assistance to students in securing the residency, as well as regular consultation during the residency period. The program has been very successful in placing graduates in administrative residencies.
Length of program. A maximum of five years and one semester is allowed to complete the Health Administration program.