Online MBA in Healthcare Curriculum

Online Healthcare MBA

The program is 46.5 credit hours and consists of 31.5 credit hours of core courses, 3 credits hours in technology selectives, with the remaining 12 credit hours reserved for health care focused elective courses.

Core Courses:

Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets 1.5 Credits
Financial Accounting 3 Credits
Managerial Accounting* 1.5 Credits
Decision Making & Data Analysis 3 Credits
Operations Management* 1.5 Credits
Finance* 3 Credits
Microeconomics for the Global Economy 1.5 Credits
Competition in the Global Economy 3 Credits
Technology for Business in DC 1.5 Credits
Organizations and Human Capital 3 Credits
Marketing 3 Credits
Business Ethics and Public Policy 3 Credits
Strategic Management* 3 Credits

* Indicates a pre-requisite course which must be completed prior to taking this course.


6205 | Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets
Introduction to the foundations of business. Business models and design, dynamic capabilities, and strategy. Identify opportunities, lead individuals, groups, virtual teams, and organizations effectively. (1.5 credits)

6211 | Financial Accounting
Basic concepts and methods used in financial reporting for understanding their content, context, and related processes. Income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Detailed accounting procedures, calculations, and choices. (3 credits)

6213 | Accounting for Internal Decision Making
Effective use of internal generation, communication and interpretation of information for both operational and strategic decision-making purposes. Restricted to students in the MBA program. (1.5 credits)

6224 | Decision Making and Data Analysis
Elements of decision making that enable managers to characterize their strengths, assess the competition, and forecast the future. Deterministic and probabilistic decision models. Analytical approaches involving uncertainty, multiple objectives, and multiple stakeholders. Probability concepts are used to develop and apply statistical models, with both exploratory and inferential statistical techniques used, including sampling, estimation, and hypothesis testing. (3 credits)

6223 | Operations Management
Concepts and techniques related to manufacturing and service operations. Process mapping, capacity analysis, production control, quality management, and supply chains. Integration of operations with a firm’s overall business strategy as a powerful competitive weapon. (1.5 credits)

6235 | Finance
Financial management examined through financial analyses, fund sources, investing, capital planning/budgeting, dividend policy, and working capital management. Money and capital markets, primary and secondary markets, and cash and futures markets. (3 credits)

6242 | Microeconomics for the World Economy
The economics of supply and demand in product markets. Theory of the firm (production and cost structure) and its competitive environment (perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition). (1.5 credits)

6240 | Competition in the Global Economy
Analysis of political risk using insights from practice and political science. Introduces international macroeconomics, geopolitics, frameworks for analyzing firm-level investment, and trade decisions. Overview of the global business environment. (3 credits)

6250 | Technology for Business in D.C.
Real-world applications and management of technology such as business-IT alignment, digital transformation, strategic IT, cloud outsourcing, digital platform strategy and big data analytics. Students work on projects from DC metro area organization. (1.5 credits)

6263 | Organizations and Human Capital
Formal and informal organizational dynamics related to leading and managing human capital. Motivation and compensation, managing diversity, power and employee relations, organizational culture and change, leadership and decision making, and staffing and performance management. Restricted to MBA students. (3 credits)

6274 | Marketing
Marketing as an organizational function creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers, while managing customer relationships in ways that benefit both the organization and its stakeholders. Formulation and implementation of the elements of marketing strategy through the application of concepts of marketing, analytic perspectives, and decision tools. (3 credits)

6289 | Business Ethics and Public Policy
Political, legal, social, economic, and ethical forces acting upon business. Interaction of the market system and public policy process in the development of law and regulation. (3 credits)

6288 | Strategic Management
An integrative approach to strategic management; general manager’s perspective, strategy formulation, implementation of strategy and policy, and evaluation and control of strategy in various types of organizations. (3 credits)

Analytics and Technology Selectives:

Students will complete three one-credit hour technology related courses.

Healthcare Focused Electives:

Healthcare focused electives will be chosen from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Students may petition to have up to 12 credits of GW graduate-level healthcare focused courses outside of SMHS applied to their MBA healthcare focused elective requirements. This maximum includes approved transfer credit (up to 6 credits) and graduate-level courses completed at GW but outside the GWSB and SMHS. Availability of electives may vary by term.

Elective examples:

  • Medicines Development
  • The Clinical Research Industry
  • Health Information, Quality and Outcomes
  • HCQ Analysis
  • Patient Safety Systems
  • Issues and Trends in Health Systems
  • Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Global Regulatory Affairs
  • Regulatory Strategy in the Development of Drugs and Biologics

Credit Hours 12.0

It is expected that students will complete their core course requirements prior to starting the elective portion of their program.

Certification Options:

In addition, students may choose to complete one of seven certificates offered by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All courses required for the certificates may be applied towards the Healthcare MBA healthcare focused and/or general elective requirements.

• Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Administration
• Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice
• Graduate Certificate in Clinical & Translational Research
• Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality
• Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences
• Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine
• Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs

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