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Healthcare Management Degree Program

Healthcare Management Degree Online - Healthcare Degrees Online
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Better the well-being of others in this fast-growing field

If there’s one career field that’s exciting, growing, and personally rewarding, it’s healthcare. In fact, healthcare related jobs are expected to increase 18% by 2025, a rate faster than the national average.1 As an industry, healthcare is expected to generate more new jobs than any other, thanks to the explosive growth of an aging population.

Whether you have little to no healthcare education or experience, or you're a healthcare professional looking for an edge, Franklin University’s Healthcare Management degree program is for you. (Already have previous healthcare experience or technical credits? Franklin's Allied Healthcare Management Major may offer the fastest way to finish your degree.)

Earn the degree that puts you on the fast-track to healthcare management

Our Healthcare Management degree program will equip you to take on management roles in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician practices, ambulatory centers, insurance, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.

To prepare you for management in this fast-growing industry, you’ll gain the pivotal skills employers are looking for in the areas of healthcare leadership, healthcare quality management, healthcare informatics, community health, and healthcare systems. And because you can further enrich the program by choosing electives in your areas of interest, such as Healthcare Information Management, you’ll receive a highly relevant education in your chosen career path.

Keep up with trends in healthcare reform while you learn

Throughout your healthcare management degree program courses, you’ll acquire up-to-date knowledge that’s applicable now (and later) to an evolving industry. Our curriculum incorporates a thorough understanding of healthcare reform initiatives, including changes in healthcare delivery systems, future of healthcare financing, and legislative healthcare policy proposals.

Get hands-on experience and learn from working professionals

At Franklin, you’re taught by experienced practitioners, such as Jamie Phillips, Senior Vice President of Operations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio, so you’ll directly benefit from relevant, up-to-date industry knowledge and experience.

To further prepare you to put your skills immediately into practice and make yourself more marketable to employers, Franklin’s Healthcare Management degree program also features a practical curriculum with hands-on assignments that include case studies, simulations, and application of quality and performance measurement tools.

You’ll participate in field assignments, too, conducting interviews or visiting hospitals, medical offices, or other healthcare organizations, exposing you to actual healthcare management situations while expanding your professional networking opportunities and building important stepping stones for your future.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking healthcare classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Healthcare Leadership
    • Develop annual business plans to achieve financial goals and ensure consistent delivery and quality of care
    • Create and implement strategic plans in support of efficient, patient-driven organizations
    • Develop performance improvement initiatives to achieve case retention and financial profitability, while mitigating risk
    • Establish and maintain monitoring and analyses infrastructure to assess organizational performance
    • Provide organizational development strategies, direction, and counsel to leadership and employees
    • Problem-solve operational issues to reduce administrative costs and improve efficiencies
  • Healthcare Systems
    • Understand the continuum of care that comprises the U.S. healthcare delivery system in order to affect organizational change
    • Evaluate current healthcare systems, developing recommendations for improvement
    • Position organizations within the healthcare value chain to capitalize on industry and regulatory changes
    • Identify hot-button issues confronting healthcare organizations, examining causes and developing breakthrough solutions
    • Leverage an understanding of the impact of healthcare reform on various stakeholders in the healthcare delivery system
  • Healthcare Quality Management
    • Develop and implement quality and care management initiatives to promote ongoing delivery of care improvements
    • Report and analyze data trends for potential opportunities to improve case mix index (CMI) and documentation quality
    • Create programs for risk control, emphasizing increased quality of patient care and medical services
    • Work with medical staff to assure compliance with regulatory agencies regarding quality management requirements
    • Implement programs to optimize utilization of services, including care coordination and case management
    • Monitor performance and drive continuous improvement on defined quality metrics
    • Develop, benchmark, and communicate metrics to gauge success and sustainability of improvement efforts
  • Healthcare Informatics
    • Leverage healthcare data in support of organizational objectives, addressing unmet medical needs
    • Provide leadership on the use of electronic health records (EHRs) that impact clinical information management from planning through adoption
    • Establish appropriate methodologies for data collection, data warehousing, and data analyses
    • Act as liaison between end-users, such as providers, nursing, and other departments and organizational groups, linking clinical practice, technology, information management, and technical experts to enhance patient care
    • Assist in development of evidence-based clinical informatics projects, including order set development and clinical decision support
    • Oversee business outcomes of applications in support of patient care and clinical services
    • Maintain information management policies and practice guidelines, ensuring standardized health information management operations
  • Community Health
    • Provide direction to improve quantity and quality of public and community health services
    • Deliver high-quality health promotion programs that effectively target and address health and lifestyle risks
    • Assess community health needs and create educational programs, curriculum, and information materials
    • Plan, develop, and promulgate policies and standards for statewide community health programs
    • Manage federal grant application processes for community health projects, overseeing continuation of grants that fund existing programs
    • Develop community wellness programs to engage participants and promote optimal mental and physical health
    • Provide health education and resources to other agencies, such as schools and community resource centers
    • Act as liaison between healthcare professionals and communities, promoting public and community health programs

Career Opportunities

  • Medical Office Manager

    Medical Office Managers manage the staff and daily activities of healthcare offices, working closely with leadership and employees to ensure success, patient satisfaction, and profitability.

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  • Health and Social Service Manager

    Health and Social Service Managers ensure smooth, profitable operation of hospitals, clinics, and other medical facilities by directing team functions for business units, including HR, marketing, and finance.

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  • Program Manager

    Program Managers ensure the successful management of programs and projects, interacting with team members and leadership, and effectively communicating program priorities and progress.

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  • Director of Nursing

    Directors of Nursing oversee the performance of nurses and aides, while also implementing patient care services, and managing departmental reporting and budgets.

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  • Medical Record Manager

    Medical Records Managers oversee medical records staffing and policy, coordinating efforts to ensure the privacy, safety, and security of paper-based and computerized medical records.

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  • Medical Practice Manager

    Medical Practice Managers oversee the business end of a medical practice, including hiring, training, and supervising staff, managing finances, communicating practice policies, and ensuring facilities management.

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  • Operations Administrator

    Operations Administrators investigate ways to ensure the profitability and productivity of healthcare organizations, as well as handle budgeting, program initiatives, and conflict resolution.

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  • Hospital Administrator

    Hospital Administrators act as liaisons between the hospital and its governing board, ensuring that the hospital functions well while fulfilling its role within the organization’s overall purpose and plan.

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  • Health Services Manager

    Health Services Managers hire and direct employees to carry out their respective corporate responsibilities in order to ensure the organization carries out its mission profitably.

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  • Healthcare Strategist

    Healthcare Strategists work with leadership and cross-functional teams to understand, define, and execute innovative solutions, strategies, and tactical recommendations to solve healthcare problems.

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  • Strategic Healthcare Consultant

    Strategic Healthcare Consultants develop and deliver strategies to help improve healthcare delivery and business performance.

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  • Medical Insurance Company Manager

    Medical Insurance Company Managers protect healthcare organizations from financial risk by handling claims, supervising investigations, reviewing policies, and implementing medical insurance procedures.

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  • Medical Device Company Manager

    Medical Device Company Managers plan and direct employee performance to ensure efficient and profitable operations of businesses that manufacture and/or distribute medical and diagnostic devices.

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Employment Outlook

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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