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Healthcare Management

Advance Your Career in a Thriving Industry

Gain the skills needed to be a leader in a growing field of medical and health services.

  • Program Overview

    Expand your career and strengthen your credentials as a healthcare manager.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than average for all occupations. Stevenson's M.S. in Healthcare Management prepares professionals to advance their careers in medical and healthcare administration by strengthening their credentials as healthcare managers, administrators, and consultants.


    This program is designed for working adults who want to complete their degree quickly, and most of the coursework can be completed online. As a student, you'll learn important competencies in accordance with our mission, vision, and values to help you excel in this field. You can choose from two areas of concentration: Quality Management and Patient Safety or Project Management. The program's curriculum also includes integrative experiences so that you can draw upon, apply, and synthesize the knowledge and skills that you're learning.

    Using the case study method and other problem-solving integrative methodologies (including role-playing, simulations and hands-on, team based projects), the program provides opportunities for you to participate in team-based activities. Upon graduation, our students are prepared to plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or other similar organizations.

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  • Courses


    Course Schedule 2014-15

    Download the PDF below to view the courses scheduled through fall 2015.

    Course Schedule

    Core Courses

    • HCM 600 Managerial Epidemiology and Statistics
    • HCM 605 Healthcare Management and Administration*
    • HCM 610 Healthcare Policy and Law
    • HCM 615 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare
    • HCM 620 Human Resources Development in Healthcare*
    • HCM 625 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare*
    • HCM 650 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
    • HCM 652 Healthcare Finance: Challenges
    • HCM 710 Professional Skills Development Seminar*
    • HCM 720 Capstone in Healthcare Management

    *See Residency Requirements below

    Areas of Concentration

    Project Management

    This concentration prepares graduates to plan, organize, lead, control, and evaluate healthcare organization projects from start to finish.

    Area of Concentration-Specific Courses

    • HCM 635 Innovative Management Leadership
    • HCM 640 Team Work in Healthcare Settings
    • HCM 642 Healthcare Project Planning and Management
    • HCM 644 Project Management
    • HCM 646 Project Management Accounting

    Quality Management and Patient Safety

    This concentration prepares graduates to plan, organize, lead, control, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives in healthcare organizations.

    Area of Concentration-Specific Courses

    • HCM 660 Planning for Evidence Based Practice
    • HCM 662 Quality Management in Healthcare
    • HCM 665 Patient Satisfaction and Quality Improvement
    • HCM 667 Customer Relationship Management
    • HCM 669 Patient Advocacy for Healthcare Quality

    Residency Requirements

    In order to seek the rigorous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), a minimum of 120 hours of the curriculum must be completed face to face with faculty members. Per the Stevenson University Graduate catalog, all Residency Weekends are all now part of coursework. Residency weekends will be offered only once a semester and must be done in sequence. These face to face components include:

    • HCM 605, Healthcare Management and Administration, includes the first 3-day residency weekend, to demonstrate competencies in HCM 605 course materials in a face-to-face environment.
    • HCM 620, Human Resources Development in Health, includes the second 3-day residency weekend to demonstrate competencies in HCM 620 course materials in a face-to-face environment.
    • HCM 625, Strategic Planning and Marketing in Healthcare, includes the third 3-day residency weekend to demonstrate competencies in HCM 625 course materials in a face-to-face environment.
    • HCM 710 Professional Skills Development and HCM 720 HCM Capstone are semester long experiences that culminate in a six day on campus experience with formal student projects and presentations. Schedules for these courses will be posted as you approach these requirements toward the end of your journey with us.

    The Master of Science in Healthcare Management does not accept Credit for Prior Learning.

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. If the transcripts are from an institution located outside of the United States, they will need to be evaluated by either WES or AACRAO.
    • Earned a grade of "B" or above in statistics or an upper level math and an English composition
    • Personal Statement: 250-300 words addressing your ability to complete a rigorous HCM Program and how you will be a leader in the profession of Health Care Management.
    • Telephone or face-to-face interview.
    • Three professional letters of recommendation (academic or work-related) with at least one from a current or past supervisor. Recommendation Form
    • Resume of professional experience.
  • Faculty



    Sharon Buchbinder, R.N., Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Coordinator
    MS in Health Care Management

    B.A., Psychology, University of Connecticut
    M.A., Psychology, University of Hartford
    Ph.D., Public Health, University of Illinois  


    Trina G. Armstrong, M.B.A., M.F.P.
    Adjunct Instructor, Health Care Management
    B.B.A.,  Finance, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
    M.B.A., Business Administration, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
    D.H.A.,  Candidate, Healthcare Administration, University of Phoenix

    Susan Casciani, M.B.A., M.S.H.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management
    B.S., Healthcare Administration, State University College at Fredonia, NY
    M.S., Healthcare Administration, D'Youville College, Buffalo, NY
    M.B.A., University at Buffalo, NY 

    Miliska M. Knauft, Ed.D., M.B.A.
    Adjunct Professor, Health Care Management
    B.A., Biology, minor in Chemistry – Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
    B.A., Medical Technology – Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
    Missouri Baptist School of Medical Technology Internship, St. Louis, MO
    MT (ASCP) certification received, 1977.  Licensure current.
    M.B.A., Finance – San Diego State University, San Diego, California
    Ed.D., Adult Education – University of Missouri, St. Louis

    Lea Nolan, M.A.
    Adjunct Instructor, Health Care Management
    A.B., History, Georgetown University
    M.A., Women's Studies with a concentration in public policy, The George Washington University

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    Part-time tuition (per credit): $670
    Fees (per semester): $125

    The School of Graduate and Professional Studies partners with local hospitals to offer a tuition discount to employees. Eligible hospital partners are listed below. For more information about the tuition discount available through your employer's partnership with Stevenson University, email .

    • Annel Arundel Health System
    • Carroll Hospital Center
    • Dimensions Health System
      • Bowie Health Center
      • Dimensions Surgery Center
      • Glenridge Medical Center
      • Laurel Regional Hospital
      • Prince George's Hospital Center
      • Rachel H. Pemberton Senior Center
    • Frederick Memorial Hospital
    • Holy Cross Hospital
    • Lifebridge Health
      • Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Hospital and Center
      • Northwest Hospital
      • Sinai Hospital
    • Med Star Union Memorial Hospital
    • Mercy Health Systems
      • Mercy Hospital
      • Stella Maris
    • St. Agnes Hospital

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