MS in Health Administration: Organization Development and Leadership Concentration

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Building an effective healthcare organization requires leadership that goes beyond just best practices. Effective leaders define and instill team values, manage change as an organization grows, and foster an organizational culture that enables and empowers employees to succeed. Together, these factors drive better patient care and improved health in the community.

With SJU's MS in Health Administration Organization Development and Leadership Concentration, you'll develop communication skills vital to engaging teams and advancing organizational effectiveness. In addition to the basics, you'll develop emotional intelligence and learn to manage conflict and positively influence group dynamics.

Experience a curriculum tailored to this concentration, with skills to:

  • Use organization development strategies for change management
  • Build leadership development programs for healthcare administrators and clinical leaders
  • Facilitate teams, influence groups, and encourage group decision-making both virtually and face-to-face
  • Use systems thinking and culture change to manage successful change implementation

The MS in Health Administration with the Organization Development and Leadership concentration consists of 14 classes totaling 42 credit hours, including 12 credits of concentration courses. These courses incorporate case studies and simulations, so you can connect the theories explored in class to real-world applications.

Why You'll Succeed After Graduation

Healthcare is booming. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 2.4 million new healthcare jobs will be added between 2016 and 2026, marking an 18 percent growth in opportunities.1 As teams and organizations grow, leadership will be crucial to their success in ensuring sustainable development and providing top-quality care.

Leadership is vital in any healthcare organization, but it's especially important in:

  • Hospitals and physician offices
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living organizations
  • Government agencies

Career Spotlight: Health Administration Leadership Positions

Graduates with the skills to lead in healthcare can seek several positions, including but not limited to:

  • Hospital chief executive officers are responsible for ensuring day-to-day hospital operations are effective and efficient while making high-level decisions in order to strategically develop the organization under the guidance of a board of directors.
    Median salary: $168,8442
  • Chief quality officers maintain and improve the quality of provided healthcare services by creating and measuring key performance indicators that match the goals of their healthcare organization.
    Median salary: $121,8323
  • Medical and health services managers ensure effective and efficient healthcare operations and practices that are legally compliant and up to speed with industry developments.
    Median salary: $98,3504
  • Human resources vice presidents oversee the staffing and employment of all healthcare practitioners, administrators, and support staff within a healthcare organization to ensure sustainable organizational development, regulatory compliance, and an organizational culture of excellence.
    Median salary: $136,0015
  • Chief medical officers bridge the gap between healthcare practitioners and the healthcare executive administrators in order to keep daily operations running smoothly, encourage growth, and maintain cost-effective, high-quality medical care.
    Median salary: $293,9396


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