MBA Health Care Leadership

Program Features

The Master of Business Administration in Health Care Leadership at Cleary University is designed to fit the needs of professionals who are seeking highly relevant training in health care leadership.

Cleary faculty are practitioners who have achieved leadership roles in the field of health care administration and who give the curriculum a contemporary perspective. They bring real-world experience to the classroom and offer valuable insights into the fast-paced and ever-shifting health care industry.

The implementation of health care reform will require health care leaders who can adapt quickly to change. These leaders will need to continue to manage and motivate a diverse workforce in order to deliver quality outcomes that will ensure reimbursement and enhance patient care. Cleary University is uniquely positioned to offer students an education that can provide the necessary skills to accomplish this.

In addition to a cutting-edge curriculum, Cleary University offers students a variety of programs that enhance the learning experience, including quality internship placements and an active Health Care Management Club.



The MBA in Health Care Leadership emphasizes development and application of a broad set of business and management skills needed to succeed in the rapidly changing health care environment. Leaders will be needed in all disciplines of health care, including information technology, finance, human resources, marketing, and operations in the following sectors:

  • Acute and post-acute care
  • Insurance
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical 


  • Projected industry growth of 16% through 2018
  • 1.9% increase in starting salaries from 2011 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018).



Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop a strategic level of understanding of accounting, management, marketing, economics, statistics, quality control, and informatics as it applies to health care.
  • Integrate important relationships across business disciplines in the health care field.
  • Motivate ethical behavior and comply with codes and regulations in the health care industry.
  • Relate health care business and policy issues in a coherent manner.
  • Illustrate and present practical problem analysis and decision making for health care organizations.
  • Understand the powerful economic, technological, social, and political forces shaping the future of health care.
  • Summarize the opportunities and challenges presented in the health care industry.








Start Date

Fall 2015 

Required Courses

  • STR 6060 - Strategic Management

    This course synthesizes and integrates the concepts and techniques developed in prior courses for developing business objectives and strategic plans. This course incorporates the external and internal events that influence strategic direction of the firm through the use of cases and computer simulation. An important element of this course is a course-long project in which students examine a specific industry from a strategic success perspective.

  • MBA 5000 - Foundations in Graduate Studies

    The Cleary University MBA program places unique demands and expectations on the student. Computer and Internet technologies to help students learn more efficiently and effectively are emphasized. In addition to the content presented in this online course, students are also invited to an on-campus component of this course. Software and Internet techniques to maximize information technology in learning, which have counterparts in business practice, will be explored. Overall strategies for academic success, such as graduate-level approaches to secondary research, and writing at the graduate level are reviewed. This class familiarizes students with the University’s graduate academic policies and resources. Successful completion of this course is required for continuation in the MBA program.

  • LED 6500 - Survey of Global Leadership

    This course will address various ways to demonstrate effective leadership. A survey of important theories will be the foundation of this course. The focus will be on leadership in dyads, groups, and strategically across the hierarchical levels, as well as beyond organizational boundaries. Traditional approaches will be highlighted, as well as emerging approaches such as transformational and values-based leadership. Leadership will be considered in a global context, including how effective leadership practices can differ across cultures.

  • HCM 6450 - Health Information Management

    This course provides an overview of health information management, and the transition to electronic medical record systems that has been mandated by the federal government. This course will survey how the production, storage and retrieval of electronic health care data directly impacts patient care, the delivery of health care services, and the operation and management of various health care departments within a health care organization. The legal, technical, clinical, compliance and quality issues of electronic medical information will also be reviewed.

  • HCM 6150 - Quality Management in Health Care

    This course will explore quality theories in health care, with particular emphasis on the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Initiative, and the impact of quality improvement applications on health care systems. Different approaches to performance improvement, including models and standards, will be explored. Students will demonstrate an ability to apply these theories to improve healthcare organizational performance.

  • HCM 625 - Health Care Business Development and Marketing

    This course will provide health care leaders with a foundational knowledge of the principles and practical applications of marketing strategies designed to fit a health care model. Particular emphasis will be placed on major environmental changes in health care, new distribution models, health insurance exchanges, and value to the customer. A special focus on relationship building and contract negotiation will be included, as major health care providers will be shifting to a more business oriented model post health care reform.

  • HCM 635 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

    This course offers a comprehensive overview of the critical legal and ethical duties required of health care leaders. Students shall become keenly familiar with the legal standards of care that ensure patient health and safety. Students will analyze the most current laws governing the management of medical billing and protected health care information, as well as the complements and conflicts that exist between statutory health care law and ethical health care canons. A discussion of the benefits of strong, top down policies within health care institutions to avert legal malpractice and breach of patient privacy claims will also be presented.

  • MAC 6050 - Financial Accounting

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts in financial accounting that are used to create corporate financial statements for external users. Major topics include accrual accounting, transaction analysis, construction of the balance sheet and income statement, and statement of cash flows. Students will then apply their knowledge of financial accounting to analyze and interpret financial statements.

  • MKT 6050 - Strategic Marketing Management

    This course prepares managers to deal with core domestic marketing issues in the consumer/industrial, and private/public/nonprofit sectors, by providing a strategic way to think about the firm’s products, services, and markets, including marketing strategy and implementation. Central to managing a business, marketing provides intelligence about customers, competitors, and the general business environment to ensure long-term viability of the enterprise.

  • MGT 6360 - Management and Organizational Leadership

    This course focuses on the skills and techniques necessary to help organizations operate more effectively in today’s fast-changing, competitive environment. An effective organization is one that fosters teamwork and partnerships, both internally and externally, with the goal of improving quality and productivity. From this perspective, organizational success requires attention to behavioral, structural, planning and human resource components. In addition to behavioral topics such as leadership and motivation, this course will also focus on key issues associated with organizational structure and planning, including systems thinking, change management, planning, control and service management. Human resource management topics such as recruitment, selection, employee training and development are also included.

  • MGT 6250 - Quantitative Managerial Analysis

    This course uses case studies as a method to analyze data using descriptive statistics and basic inferential techniques such as hypothesis testing using t-tests. Students will also learn to analyze relationships between variables through predictive modeling and time series analysis, design of experiments, and methods for quality improvement.

  • FIN 6050 - Financial Management

    This course provides a foundation to financial management, which will enable students to understand and use financial information. Students will learn to apply risk and time value of money concepts in capital budgeting, capital structure, and lease financing. Topics such as dividend policies, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions also will be taught.

  • ECO 6450 - Managerial Economics

    Micro- and macroeconomic theories are taught to help students understand the effect of these theories on the firm’s goals. The student’s ability to analyze the economic constraints within which the firm operates and the implication of government monetary and fiscal policies is discussed in this course. Practical application of economic theory to business cases is integrated into the course.