Health Administration Bridge Program

If you'd like to pursue a Master's of Health Administration degree but have no prior health care experience and a degree in an unrelated field, University of Phoenix has an alternative—the Master's of Health Administration Bridge Program.

Transition to a Master's Degree in Health Administration

Our bridge program is just that—a way to bridge the gap between your experience and your graduate health administration studies. It provides the educational foundation you need to make the transition into the Master's of Health Administration degree program.

You'll participate in the same required introductory course that all MHA students take, then you will take three foundation courses—either online or at the local campus—at the undergraduate level.

Your Required Bridge Courses

Health Care Delivery in the United States
HCS310 provides a broad overview of the various functions of the United States health care system. The course examines historical evolution of health care. It introduces the various forms of provider models and service delivery systems found in private and public health sectors, including ambulatory, acute, mental, and long-term care. The course also outlines the financing aspects of health care and their influence on health care delivery and quality.

Economics: The Financing of Health Care
HCS440 provides an overview of the economics of health care. The course examines various payers including private, state and federal entities. Discussions address issues such as the cost-effectiveness of prevention, the management of patients and their diseases, as well as the cost of treatment settings. Students review third-party reimbursement from various sources, ranging from for-profit insurance carriers to charitable donations. The course also describes the health care system's use of grant funding and research dollars.

Health Care Policy: The Past and the Future
HCS455 introduces the student to the intricate processes that public policymakers use to influence the health status of a society. The course looks at the roles of economic theory, interest groups and the various levels of government involved in policymaking. Students review historic trends and examine the challenges of future health care delivery.

Beginning your Master of Health Administration Degree

Following the successful completion of the introductory course and the bridge courses, you'll move into the MHA program. For program details, please visit Master of Health Administration.

You may also be interested in the following specializations:

Master of Health Administration/Education
Master of Health Administration/Gerontology
Master of Health Administration/Informatics

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Find your opportunity

There’s more to health care than direct patient care. Watch this video to learn how we help you develop the skills needed to explore your opportunities.

Health care is more than the doctors and nurses who save our lives.

It’s the medical insurance representatives; the HR managers; the quality control supervisors; and countless others who manage our health care system every day.

Did you know, by 2020, health care will require 5 million administrators?

This makes health administration one of the nation’s fastest growing fields.

At University of Phoenix we want to help you find your fit in this booming industry.

The rapid growth in the health care field made me re-evaluate my career in finance.

By applying my skills in economics to health care, I’m able to support my organization and help meet industry expectations and requirements.

I found my fit in health administration, as a Finance Manager.

As a health care executive, I know firsthand the skillset employers are looking for.

The University of Phoenix Health Administration program offers students like me the opportunity to work, learn and network with some of today’s top minds in health care management.

It’s my job to ensure my organization meets government regulations for all our product lines.

I’m making decisions that impact the business side of my health care organization — which in turn, helps improve consumer safety.

I found my fit in health administration, as a Regulatory Manager.

Family is important to me. But I also wanted a challenging career.

I put my organizational skills to use in a health administration job that requires attention to detail AND has set hours. So I’m able to go home to my family at the end of the day.  

I found my fit in health care, as a Front Office Administrator.

Health care organizations everywhere are implementing enterprise information systems.

These systems are encouraging health care providers to migrate from paper to electronic health records.

The University of Phoenix Health Administration curriculum is designed to help students like me, lead these kinds of transformation projects with much needed IT, project and change management skills.

The business of health care is fast-growing, challenging and rewarding.

At University of Phoenix we’re preparing tomorrow’s health care leaders today.

Explore our bachelor’s and master’s Health Administration degree programs. And let’s find your fit.


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