Program Overview

American University’s online Master of Science in Healthcare Management builds a unique skillset that is highly sought in health systems management organizations within the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The online program emphasizes management, decision making, data analytic skills and analytical reasoning, and communication skills relevant for those looking to enter mid- and senior-level healthcare management positions, internal/external and independent healthcare consulting, and healthcare policy analysts and advisor positions in private and public sectors. 

Career advancers will be able to take an analytical approach to identifying efficient and effective solutions for healthcare management organizations through the rapidly changing healthcare environment and as they increasingly rely upon technology to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery.

American University’s Master’s in Healthcare Management curriculum is specifically aligned with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) standards.

American University prepares you for a successful healthcare career:

  • Program-director advising and coaching
  • Access to American University's Adult Career Coaching Center (ACCC)
  • Membership to the AOA Student Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 
  • Curricular emphasis on decision making, communication/presentation skills and data analytic skills and analytical reasoning are particularly relevant for mid- and senior-level healthcare management positions, internal/external and independent healthcare consulting and healthcare policy analysts.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Resume. Statement of purpose. Phone Interview. Two letters of recommendation. Transcripts.

    School Overview

    At American University, smart, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus their knowledge to create meaningful change. The University's strengths in international service and public affairs inspire a sense of social responsibility and a dedication to cultural and intellectual diversity; and is defined by a global perspective, practical idealism and a dedication to public service.

    American University is a private, college-centered research university located in the nation’s capital. It was chartered by the United States Congress in 1893 to build public service, and is now home to a prestigious faculty, guest speakers and visiting world leaders who are influential practitioners and prominent thought leaders.

    Join us in creating new opportunities for yourself while you help create a better world. Become part of the network of ambitious achievers, compassionate leaders and socially aware citizens at American University. 

    Online Student Experience
    American University online programs are delivered through a format that’s convenient, flexible and portable. Like on-campus, students talk about their coursework and current issues with classmates, ask instructors questions and turn in assignments, but it’s all done via email, discussion boards, instant messaging and more.

    Online courses at American University are as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts, and taught by the same connected faculty members, influential guest speakers and prominent lecturers. Interaction and communication with instructors and fellow students are essential components of the programs and academic success. 

    Online students have access to many support resources including new student orientation, a 24x7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.


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