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MBA in Healthcare Administration

Program Director - Elisa Blethen

Units Cost per Unit LLU Quarterly Fee Average Completion Time
60 $880 $773

2-3 years
(7 quarters)

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MBA in Health Care Administration

We are the only School of Public Health to offer an MBA in Health Care Administration. Our Master of Business Administration provides students with a broad understanding of health care management in line with appropriate and relevant industry-leading competencies. With a business emphasis the needed skills in finance, economics, and strategy are emphasized.

Our students apply principles learned in the classroom by completing an 800-hour practicum in a health care environment. Graduating students are prepared for administrative jobs in health care settings such as centers, hospitals, and dental practices and are ready for leadership in physician groups, health plans, long-term and managed care settings.

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health MBA program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and real-world experience necessary to further their administrative careers in any health care setting.

MBA Program Mission:

The mission of LLU’s SPH MBA program is to provide quality education to new and mid-career professionals locally, nationally, and globally who are interested in health care management.  The program fully integrates a health care perspective in all coursework which is guided by theoretical frameworks, scholarship, and informed practice. Wholistic Christian principles are practiced by faculty and serve to develop students into conscientious and ethical leaders who will integrate innovative solutions to health care challenges.

MBA Program Vision:

The LLU SPH MBA program aims to be globally recognized in providing excellent, quality health care management education with an emphasis on service using a values-based approach to confront health care issues. Students will be prepared to confront and solve complex problems in health care delivery using evidence-based analytics, theory, and practice.

Who Should Apply?

Prospective students should be ambitious, motivated individuals who have an interest in healthcare administration. Students who have had exposure to the healthcare field and some work experience before beginning the Program may be able to apply the concepts more readily.

Clinical professionals would benefit from a MBA in Healthcare Administration as the management skills will potentially enhance their leadership opportunities and expand their skill set.

Health care professionals who are currently employed and have at least five years of professional work experience in health care administration are eligible to apply for a waiver of up to nine units, as specified in the MBA program.

Admission Criteria:

Undergraduate degree from an accredited university
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
GRE test (ideal % range 30-50%) – GMAT and MCAT accepted as well
Three letters of recommendationRecommended prerequisites: Accounting, Microeconomics - These recommended courses may be met through an accredited college or university with applicable transcript, MOOC or correspondence with a certificate or passing grade, or by passing a test. Please contact the Admissions office for questions about specific courses or options that are recommended.

For more information please visit the current catalog: 2015-2016 MBA Healthcare Administration Catalog 

What is the practicum and how does it work?

The Health Administration Practicum gives students a change to integrate academic studies with workplace experience over a period of 800 hours (approximately 2 years). During this time frame, they will develop valuable skills required for administrative positions through hands-on work experience, special project coordination, administrative interaction and other assignments.

The SPH Practicum Director meets with each student individually to identify a site from one of more than forty sites in the area. The student then meets with the supervisor for an interview and the hours are scheduled based on the fit of the needs of the site and the skills of the student. During the practicum regular reports are submitted and a final presentation is done at the end of each time segment. Table 1 shows general categories of placements for students in the practicum.

If a student has five years or more of experience in healthcare administration this will be evaluated and taken into consideration related to the competency attainment. The practicum hours may or may not be reduced based on the demonstrated competencies.

MBA Graduates to date (2006-Fall 2015): 312
Most Recent Completion Rate: 87.88%*
2014 graduating class who were employed within three months of graduating: 92%**

Field Placement Settings of 2013-2014 MBA in Healthcare Administration Students

Field Placement Settings

National or central government in the same country as the program –2 students
State, provincial, or regional government in the same country as the program –0 students
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program –6 students
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental –0 students
Nonprofit domestic-oriented –1 student
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented –0 students
Private sector, research/consulting –0 students
Private sector, non research/consulting –23 students
Other –0 students
Total –32 students
*The starting cohort is from the 2008-2009 academic year which reflects the ‘Maximum Time to Graduate’ of 5 years and the completion rate within that time frame.
**This number is based on 27 graduates. Three hiring locations/dates are unknown. 22 graduates were hired within healthcare of the known information within 3 months of graduation.

Why Choose Loma Linda?

  • More than 40 practicum sites to choose from
  • 1:1 practicum mentoring
  • Opportunities to interact with established healthcare executives
  • University Health campus (six hospitals serving 1.2 million patients annually and University comprised of eight schools)
  • Outstanding faculty with expertise in healthcare
  • Expansive network opportunities
  • Community and Global Outreach opportunities
  • Spiritual environment with a whole person emphasis

LLU promotes a “learning” environment, instead of the traditional “teaching” environment, by engaging students using real life scenarios to supplement the course objectives.

–Holly Craig-Buckholtz, MBA Health Care Administration student

Possible Careers

Practice Administrator, Marketing Director, CEO, Manager of Physician Practice

Recommended Prerequisites:Accounting, Microeconomics – These recommended courses may be met through an accredited college or university with applicable transcript, MOOC or correspondence with a certificate or passing grade, or by passing a test. Please contact the Admissions office for questions about specific courses or options that are recommended.

Table 2: Employment Settings of MBA in Healthcare Administration Graduates:

Employment/ Employment Setting





Postgraduate Fellowship



Pursuing further education (including medical school)



International Students returning home without seeking US employment



US students employed overseas



US professional positions:



Hospital or Health System



Medical Clinic or Physician Practice



Military or VA Facility



Association, foundation or voluntary agency (ACHE, AHA, W.K. Kellogg, etc.)






Long-term Care or Home Health Agency






Bio-tech / Medical Device /Pharmaceutical Company



Recovery/Rehabilitation Center









City, County, or other local government



Self-employed in the same field prior

to MBA




Other –General









Competencies for the MBA in Health Care Administration

The following are the 18 competencies for the MBA program. The competencies are not listed in order of importance or focus. All competencies are important and form a complimentary network consistent with the Mission and Vision of the MBA Program at the Loma Linda University, School of Public Health.

The competencies are broadly divided into Core competencies & Cross Cutting competencies. The core competencies represent the fundamental knowledge, ability, or expertise in a specific subject area or skill set in the field of Health Administration. The cross-cutting competencies emphasize the skills and qualities that all health care administrators will graduate with and is evidenced through their career in the field of Health Administration. A description of each competency is included below.

Core Competencies

Healthcare Knowledge and Policy

The ability to understand and assess the health care sector of our economy with the goal of defining how health care is provided. Be able to understand how to interpret health policy that deals with the structure, process and outcomes of health services including the costs, financing, organization, outcomes and accessibility of care. Also able to understand the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and apply this data to the study of the control of health problems.

Organizational Awareness

The ability to understand and learn the formal and informal decision-making structures and power relationship in an organization or industry. This includes the ability to identify who the real decision makers are and the individuals who can influence them and how to predict how events will affect individuals and groups within an organization.

Strategic Orientation

The ability to consider the business, demographic, ethno-cultural, political and regulatory implication of decisions and develop strategies that continually will improve the long-term success and viability of an organization.

Financial Management

The ability to understand and explain financial and accounting information, prepare and manage budgets and understand the principle of making sound long-term investment decisions.

Information Technology Management

The ability to see the potential in and understand the use of administrative and clinical technology and decision support tools in process and performance improvement. Actively sponsors either utilization and/or the continuous upgrading of information management capabilities.

Human Resource Management

The ability to implement management practices that represent contemporary best practices, comply with legal and regulatory requirements, optimize the performance of the workforce including performance assessments, alternate compensation and benefit methods and the alignment of human resource practice and process to meet the strategic goals of the organization.


The ability to bring stakeholders in the health care sector together with the aim to ultimately move products, services or solutions from the producer to the end user. Marketing activities include planning, pricing, advertising, selling, and distribution of service.

Operations Management

The ability to analyze and design or improve an organizational process, including incorporating the principles of quality management as well as customer satisfaction.

Quality Management

The ability to understand and use statistical and financial methods and metrics to set goals and measure clinical as well as organizational performance; commitment to and employment of evidence-based techniques.



The ability to hold people accountable to standards of performance or ensure compliance using the power of one’s position or force of personality appropriately and effectively, with the long-term good of the organization in mind.

Analytical Thinking

The ability to understand a situation, issue, or problem by breaking it into smaller pieces or tracing its implications in a step-by-step way. It includes organizing the parts of a situation, issue, or problem systematically; making systematic comparisons of different features or aspects; setting priorities on a rational basis; and identifying time sequences, causal relationships, or if-then relationships.

Communication Skills

The ability to speak and write in a clear, logical and grammatical manner in formal and informal situations to prepare cogent business presentation and to facilitate a group.


The ability to work cooperatively with others, to be part of a team. Collaboration applies when a person is a member of a group of people functioning as a team by not the leader.


Identifying a problem, obstacle or opportunity and taking action in light of this identification to address current or future problems or opportunities. Initiative should be seen in the context to proactively doing things and not simply thinking about future actions. The time frame of this scale moves from addressing current situations to action on future opportunities or problems.


The demonstration of ethics, sound professional practice, social accountability and community stewardship. The desire to act in a way that is consistent with one’s values and what one says is important.