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

  • LAW 6050 - Law and Ethics

    Law, ethics, and social responsibility often have important influences on business operations, and managers have the ability to influence them. Through this course students will gain an understanding of basic business legal and regulatory principles; how federal, state, and local regulatory agencies work; how societal forces affect businesses and how managers can take a proactive lead in the process.

  • MGT 6550 - Operations Management

    The effective management of operations, processes, and systems of a business enterprise can provide a competitive advantage. This course addresses key operational issues in service and manufacturing organizations and their strategic and tactical implications. Basic concepts and issues, as well as how computer technology can provide powerful decision models that can assist in solving managerial problems in operations management will be introduced. In addition, a particular emphasis is placed on the development and assessment of the critical work processes used to deliver products into the marketplace. Students examine how restructuring and improving business processes can increase overall organizational performance. Current applications of lean operating systems and Six Sigma will be studied.

  • MGT 6750 - International Business

    This course covers the intricacies of globalization and international business. Students will learn the effect of the economic, political, legal, and socio-cultural environment on international business. The course analyzes specific policy issues affecting key economic data, tax policy, government intervention, monetary policy, capital flow and foreign investment, banking systems, wage and price controls, government regulations, the underground economy, and political risk. Different strategic approaches to going global such as licensing, building plants, producing in the U.S., and shipping overseas will also be addressed.

  • 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.

  • MAC 6150 - Managerial Accounting

    Managerial accounting emphasizes the use of accounting information for decision making, planning, controlling, and performance evaluation. Topics include: product costing, activity-based costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, and performance evaluation techniques.

  • 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.

  • 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.