FAST FACTS: Healthcare MBA for Rural Administrators
* Tuition rates are for the 2016-17 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.
Nearly 50 million people live in rural areas of the United States, often drawn by the traditions, lifestyle, and sense of community. Yet many rural areas also face the challenges of chronic health problems and emergencies, restricted access to healthcare and specialties, and cost of services. At the same time, dedicated health care professionals and facilities are confronted with increasing costs, lower reimbursements, staffing issues, changing regulations, and implementation of technology and new information systems. A new range of knowledge and skills are required to meet these challenges and provide the quality healthcare that rural communities need.
Since emerging as a national presence on the healthcare scene in the 1930s, St. Scholastica has earned a reputation for its history of innovation and expertise. The College's interdisciplinary approach combines the strengths of the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business and Technology. St. Scholastica faculty and staff are leaders in their professions and provide national thought leadership, consulting services, education and technology solutions designed to prepare future healthcare professionals and advance healthcare practices for the growing demands of the nation's rapidly changing healthcare industry.
The Online MBA in Rural Healthcare at The College of St. Scholastica is designed for healthcare professionals at all levels who serve rural communities, and recognize the need to manage the emerging challenges and changes in the health care system. As administrators rise from healthcare professions such as medicine, nursing and physical and occupational therapy into leadership positions within business and management, there is an entirely new set of challenges to face.
Our graduate program provides current information and skills in leadership, finance, marketing, human resources, managing change, information technology, and other key areas. The courses focus on practical skills and cases that can be transferred back to your facilities, staff and patients. We emphasize the use of teamwork, critical thinking and communication, networking, and personal interactions with our experienced faculty.
"The rapidly changing and increasingly complex American health care system presents huge challenges to rural health leaders. New business and management skills will be needed to be successful in the emerging value-based health system. This program has been specifically designed to meet the unique needs of rural health leaders and managers, with faculty that includes national rural health leaders."
– Terry Hill, Senior Advisor for Rural Health Leadership and Policy, National Rural Health Resource Center