Master of Science in Healthcare Management


MS Healthcare Management Degree

The Master of Science in Healthcare (MSHM) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The program prepares industry leaders with a solid foundation in business analysis exposure to real–world healthcare management and rewarding professional development opportunities.

UT Dallas’ nationally recognized business faculty, together with a select group of highly experienced healthcare industry executives, prepares graduates to assume increasingly responsible management and leadership roles in a wide range of healthcare settings, including health and hospital systems, service provider organizations, insurers and managed care companies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and medical device and biotechnology firms.

MS in Healthcare Management at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Evening classes and a flexible format are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, including healthcare administrators, clinicians and support personnel, as well as anyone planning a career move into healthcare. All classes are offered in an on–campus setting, although up to 60% of the program may be taken online.

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  • Lean Six Sigma Certificates

Looking for a business career that is challenging, dynamic, and rewarding? Consider the world of healthcare management which is the second largest employer in the DFW Metroplex. Job opportunities are as diverse as hospital administration, medical/dental clinic management, consulting, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. Healthcare reform, an aging population, and increasing technology will all contribute to the need for well trained individuals wishing to take a leadership role in the healthcare management field.

The program allows students with full time jobs to complete their degree through evening and on-line courses. Suggested career tracks include information technology, internal audit, and operations.

Forney Fleming, MD

Program Director, MS in Healthcare Management

Business Core (15 semester credit hours)

Healthcare Core (12 semester credit hours)

Choose at least 2 courses from the followings:

  • HMGT 6322 Healthcare Cost Management and Control
  • HMGT 6324 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • HMGT 6325 Healthcare Operations Management
  • HMGT 6327 Information and Knowledge Mgmt in Healthcare
  • HMGT 6329 Seminar in Healthcare Management
  • HMGT 6331 Healthcare Economics
  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Six Sigma and Beyond
  • HMGT 6333 Ethics in Healthcare Management
  • HMGT 6V98 Healthcare Internship
  • HMGT 6334 Healthcare Analytics (Business Intelligence Software and Techniques)
  • HMGT 6380 Internal Audit
  • HMGT 6382 Advanced Audit
  • HMGT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management
  • OB 6307 Strategic Human Resources Management
  • OB 6331 Power and Politics in Organizations
  • MKT 6309 Marketing Research
  • OB 6321 Principles of Leadership

Electives (3 Hours)

The 3–hour Business Management elective requirement may be met by additional healthcare courses as well as by advanced courses in other management disciplines.

Professional Tracks

Healthcare informatics

For students desiring a strong background in the application of IT in the healthcare environment

  • HMGT 6323 Healthcare informatics (core course)
  • HMGT 6327 Information and knowledge management in healthcare
  • HMGT 6334 Business intelligence software and techniques

Healthcare internal auditing

For students with a desire for an internal auditing career with a healthcare provider organization

Operations track

For students desiring a broad-based background in management of healthcare organizations

  • HMGT 6325 Healthcare Operations Management
  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement-Six Sigma and Beyond
  • HMGT 6322 Healthcare cost Management and Control or HMGT 6334 Healthcare Analytics (Business Intelligence Software and Techniques)

Healthcare quality improvement

For students with a desire to concentrate on issues of quality improvement in a healthcare organization. These courses offer training in quality improvement methodology including Six Sigma and Toyota Lean. Students may earn Yellow and Green Belt certification in Six Sigma.

  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Six Sigma and Beyond
  • MAS 8V00 Special study (use for the Six Sigma green belt project)

These are only suggestions for possible elective choices. Students are encouraged to choose their electives based upon their own career needs.

Healthcare is a challenging, rapidly–growing industry that employs one of every 10 working adults nationally. Healthcare employment has grown every year for the past 20 years, and in Texas is responsible for more than 15% of the state’s annual employment growth. Of the 30 projected fastest growing jobs in the US, 15 are in health–related fields, including six in the top 10.

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management prepares graduates for management and leadership roles in a wide range of rapidly growing health–related organizations, including health and hospital systems, service provider organizations, insurers and managed care companies, consulting firms, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, and medical device and biotechnology firms.

Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare Quality Yellow Belt Certificate

Lean Six Sigma is a framework used in improving quality by focusing on re-engineering the processes involved in delivering a product or service. The Six Sigma concept was introduced in the mid-1980s to improve manufacturing processes and it has evolved over many decades. Lean Six Sigma has become popular in the service sector and increasingly being applied to improve the quality of healthcare processes and reducing the overall cost.

Admission Requirement

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program or any other graduate programs have the opportunity to earn a Yellow Belt in Healthcare Lean Six Sigma by completing the following four course with a grad of (B) or higher. Please contact Dr Kannan Ramanathan for more information.

  • HMGT 6320 The American Healthcare System
  • HMGT 6321 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • HMGT 6323 Healthcare Informatics in Healthcare
  • HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare – Six Sigma and Beyond

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

Lean Six Sigma is a framework used in improving quality by focusing on re-engineering the processes involved in delivering a product or service. The Six Sigma concept was introduced in the mid-1980s to improve manufacturing processes and it has evolved over many decades. Lean Six Sigma has become popular in the service sector and increasingly being applied to improve the quality of healthcare processes and reducing the overall cost.

Admission Requirement

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program have the opportunity to earn a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare Quality. This opportunity is also available to other graduate students to earn a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. All students must complete the required courses with a grade of (B ) or higher.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Healthcare Quality:
HMGT 6332 Quality Improvement in Healthcare: Six Sigma and Beyond

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt:
OPRE 6364 Quality Control: Lean Six Sigma

Required Project

The student will work in a team with other students to complete a project under the guidance of a coach to address the quality improvement issue at a healthcare or healthcare related, organization (for the Green Belt in Healthcare Lean Six Sigma) or in any organization (healthcare or not) for the Green Belt certificate in Quality. Please contact Dr Kannan Ramanathan for more information.