If you are interested in strengthening your skills in health administration management, public health or health informatics, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions can help you take a step up. We offer an array of health care degrees in a variety of fields to help you to serve and lead in the dynamic health care industry.

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GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions helps to develop health care professionals who have a focus on promoting health, wellness, safety and quality care.

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GCU has continually earned regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and its predecessor since 1968.


Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.

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If you have a busy and demanding schedule, then the flexibility of pursuing your health care education online could be a huge benefit to you. Backed by the legacy of our traditional campus, the convenient online health care programs allow you to maintain work-life balance, as well as study and complete your assignments on your own time.

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GCU's Online Health Care Programs

MS in Health Administration

GCU’s Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) provides students with the skills and experience necessary to perform as middle and upper-level managers in a variety of health organizations. The program covers study topics including:

  • Health Care Delivery Models 
  • Legal and Ethical Principles in Health 
  • Health Policies and Economics 
  • Research Methods 
  • Analysis and Utilization 
  • Original Structures Including Business Analysis, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Development 

Graduates of GCU’s Master of Science in Health Administration program are prepared to manage their employees in an effective and respectful manner. Graduates often go into administrative positions in the following organizations:

  • Hospitals 
  • Long-term Care Facilities 
  • Outpatient Facilities 
  • Physician Offices 
  • Mental Health Agencies 
  • Insurance Companies 
  • Public Health Agencies

Graduates may go on to hold titles including health care manager, corporate director, health information management director, nurse manager and health care administrator.

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MS in Health Administration with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

GCU’s MSHA degree with an emphasis in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety provides students with a specialized skill set, allowing them to make a positive impact on patient quality and safety in health care. This program emphasizes the conceptual, analytical and application skills required to manage contemporary health care organizations. Course topics for this program include:

  • Health Care Policies and Economics 
  • Leadership Styles and Development 
  • Essential Health Care Business Analysis 
  • Networking and Professional Readiness 
  • Analysis of Contemporary Health Care Delivery Models

Graduates of the program are prepared for administrative positions in hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, physician offices, mental health agencies, insurance companies and public health agencies, as well as other types of health organizations. Program graduates often go on to become:

  • Quality and Patient Safety Coordinators 
  • Directors of Risk and Quality 
  • Patient Safety Officers 
  • Quality and Accreditation Coordinators 
  • Health Care Managers 
  • Corporate Directors 
  • Health Information Management Directors 
  • Nurse Managers and Health Care Administrators

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As the population ages, the demand for professionals with health care management skills continues to rise. Grand Canyon University looks to address the needs of for-profit and nonprofit organizations by offering a variety of health care leadership degree programs that are designed to give you the skills you need to effectively manage and lead contemporary health care systems.

These programs from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions help build a foundation in health care management as well as skills in areas like leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and more. Explore your options for becoming a dynamic health care leader.

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Master of Public Administration

During this program you will take a close look at the development, implementation and assessment of public health care programs. You’ll also explore the factors that influence market performance and outcome. Gain a deeper understanding of the public sector’s revenue and expenditure structure, including budget structure, expenditure policy and revenue policy. Study modern concepts in talent management, workforce diversity, employee development and performance matrices.

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with an Emphasis in Health Care Management

MS in Mental Health & Wellness

Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this master’s in community mental health is designed for students who wish to integrate mental health and wellness within a leadership role. There is an emphasis on program planning and development, including budgetary issues, policies and procedures. Students learn to become effective and ethical advocates who can guide their organizations and communities toward a brighter future.

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with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration

Master of Business Administration

If you are more interested in the business side of health care management, then consider GCU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an Emphasis in Health Systems. In this MBA health systems management degree program, you gain a strong foundation in essential business skills like accounting, finance, economics and marketing before studying health care theory and the knowledge needed to improve and sustain ethical health care systems.

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with an Emphasis in Health Systems Management

Graduates of this program can seek out a variety of career opportunities such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems as well as collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care. Depending on strength and focus, careers include:

  • Project manager
  • Project designer
  • Researcher
  • Systems analyst
  • Administrator
  • Informaticist
  • Data analyst

MS in Health Informatics

Health informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. Emerging technology provides an understanding of the value of health informatics and how it can reduce health care costs, increase access and patient safety and improve the quality of health care services. 

The master's in health informatics from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions at Grand Canyon University can help you use information technology, both hardware and software, for better decision-making and better patient outcomes.

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Master of Public Health

If you hope to create a better future for the American health care system by meeting demands in public health, then consider GCU’s Master of Public Health (MPH). The MPH degree prepares you to help solve challenges such as environmental health issues, diseases, the evolving state of health care and more.

By earning a public health degree, you may find a position focusing on health promotion and disease prevention across communities. You may be able to find a position at one of the following organizations:

  • Community health education organizations
  • County and state departments 
  • Social service agencies
  • Health policy and planning organizations
  • Health promotion settings
  • Health care companies 
  • International health organizations
  • Universities

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