Denver, Colorado has a population of about 635,000 within its city limits. The ten-county Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area is home to approximately 2,600,000 residents, making it one of the United States’ 25 most populous metropolitan areas. The city boasts franchises in all four major professional sports leagues (the NFL’s Broncos, MLB’s Rockies, the NBA’s Nuggets and the NHL’s Avalanche) and serves as the Mountain West’s primary cultural and educational hub. The University of Colorado’s Denver campus offers the state’s only two health management-related master’s degree programs, which are also the only accredited programs of their type in the Rocky Mountain region.
University of Colorado Denver
CU Denver, located in the heart of the city, is one of the nation’s top urban research universities. It has an enrollment of about 14,000 students on its comprehensive downtown campus and an additional 3,000 students in its research and health care programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus, located a mere nine miles down U.S. Highway 40 East (locally designated as Colfax Avenue) in the Denver suburb of Aurora. The Business School, which is where the two health administration programs hold classes, resides on CU Denver’s downtown campus.
Master of Business Administration in Health Administration
The CU Denver MBA in Health Administration program is designed for health professionals who wish to add an MBA to their resumes. This degree will prepare you for senior and C-level health management positions in the industry’s private, public and nonprofit sectors. The program teaches its students the analytic and decision-making processes that industry managers use to administer units within the organizations they manage. The MBA in Health Administration requires students to complete a minimum of 51 semester hours of courses based on a series of structured learning sequences. If they wish to do so, students may choose one of three specializations within the program: Financial Health Management, Health Information Technology Management or International Health Management and Policy. Also, a Health Information Collaborative Certificate that stands on its own is offered in conjunction with the School of Nursing and the Information Systems Discipline.
Master of Science in Health Administration
Professionals who already hold an MBA or are interested in a much more specialized course of study should consider the CU Denver Master of Science in Health Administration. The MS in Health Administration curriculum is a synthesis of management concepts, techniques and tools that can be specifically applied to health and health services systems. The program’s courses emphasize analytical and decision-making processes used in administering healthcare organizations. Like the MBA in Health Administration, the MS in Health Administration is a 51-credit degree. The first 18 credits of the program are intended to give students a general business foundation upon which the rest of the curriculum will be built. A 21-credit core of healthcare-specific courses follows these foundational classes. Finally, students choose three general electives and one Health Information Technology elective to complete their degree requirements.
Both UC Denver’s MBA in Health Administration program and its Master of Science in Health Administration program are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Both of the CU Denver Business School’s health-related master’s degree programs are affiliated with the prestigious Business School Alliance for Healthcare Management (BSAHM), joining the company of other high-ranking institutions from across the country. The Business School is committed to raising the profile and improving the quality of health management education in Colorado and nationwide.