MBA Emphasis in Healthcare Administration

Gain the competitive edge for advanced management or senior administration positions.

With SF State's MBA Emphasis in Healthcare Administration, you are exposed to the changing landscape of the health care industry, you develop an understanding of health policy, and you gain hands-on experience in data analysis, program evaluation, and electronic medical record system management.

What is healthcare administration?

Healthcare is a booming industry with plenty of job opportunities worldwide and in the local San Francisco Bay Area. This emphasis provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the health care industry and health policy in the United States. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to apply business skills and succeed in supervisory or managerial positions in both for-profit as well as not-for-profit health care organizations. If you are already in the healthcare industry and want an advanced business degree or if you are considering jobs in the healthcare industry and would like more exposure to the field, this emphasis is for you!

"I would recommend the new MBA emphasis in healthcare administration to my colleagues in the industry as there is a huge opportunity with the landscape of health care changing. If I were starting my MBA now, I would choose this path, especially with my health care background." —Kara Kopp, RN, MBA 2002, Regional Medical Educator, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

What types of jobs are available in healthcare administration?

Supervisory or managerial positions in hospitals, service provider clinics, suppliers, universities, bio-medical and health related businesses. Typical titles include operations manager, administration manager, program manager, chief operating officer, and chief medical officer.

What types of courses does the emphasis offer?

Student learn to apply business concepts in the healthcare context, understand issues around Health Policy and Health Care Reform, identify organizational and community health care needs, and be able to carry out health care program evaluations.

How do I earn my MBA Emphasis in Healthcare Administration?

In order to do an MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration, students need to follow the general MBA program requirements as documented in the University Bulletin. Although your degree will not make explicit mention of the emphasis, these requirements are documented in the University Bulletin. In lieu of 5 electives, students who wish to have an MBA emphasis in healthcare administration will take required courses in Health Economics, Program Evaluation, Supervised Industry Project, and two electives from an approved list.

Graduate Emphasis Advisers

Email Anoshua Chaudhuri at or Sanjit Sengupta at to learn more about the emphasis.

Anoshua Chaudhuri, Ph.D., University of Washington

Sanjit Sengupta, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

What is the curriculum?

In addition to the core MBA requirements, students pursuing the emphasis in healthcare administration take all three courses below plus at least two electives approved by an adviser. One of the electives must be from College of Business.

Econ 840: Health Economics Research and Analysis

Introduction to health economics; why health care is different from other economic goods; analysis of the US health care market; global health; economic evaluation in health care; research project.

PA 775: Program Evaluation

This course covers the major activities in the evaluation of public services, including needs assessment, performance measurement, program evaluation, and approaches to analyzing evaluative data.

BUS 899: Independent Study

Content of this course will be decided based on the needs of the rapidly changing health care industry. Content could include current topics such as health laws and compliance, quality control training, strategic management in health care, or be an independent project tailored to the student.

"I came into the SF State MBA program directly with a BA in Economics. The location, small class sizes, and AACSB accreditation were the reasons why I chose SF State. The required courses in the new MBA emphasis in healthcare are spot on." —Ashley Collins, MBA 2015, Financial Analyst, Kaiser Permanente

Elective courses on advisement

Courses from College of Business

  • DS 851: Computer Simulation and Decision-Making
  • DS 816: Seminar in Business Forecasting
  • HTM 831: Services Operations Management
  • IBUS 829 Global Human Resources Management
  • ISYS 882: Managing the Digital Enterprise
  • MGMT 848: Seminar in Leadership
  • MGMT 850: Ethics and Compliance in Business
  • MGMT 857: Leadership in Action
  • MKTG 885: Marketing of High-Technology Products and Services
  • MKTG 888: Product Development and Management

Courses from College of Ethnic Studies

  • AA S 875: Asian American Community Health Issues

Courses from Science and Engineering

  • CSC 890: Health Informatics

Courses from College of HSS

  • PA 744: Nonprofits, Public Policy and Society
  • H ED 835: Public Health Policy
  • NURS 706: Health Care Policy and Nursing Leadership
  • NURS 702: Health Systems Management
  • NURS 703: Education, Informatics, and eTechnology in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 721: Program Planning and Financial Management in Nursing Practice