The MHCL program will prepare students for responsible positions of professional leadership in the health care environment. The coursework was developed by leaders in the health care industry and specifically designed to encompass all phases of health care leadership, including acute and long-term care, clinic and hospital management, and home health and hospice agencies. You can finish your degree in as little as one year.
Earn your degree in Health Care Leadership.
Real-world knowledge. Supportive learning.
The master of health care leadership (MHCL), offered in Wichita and online, was the first master’s degree specifically directed at leadership in health care administration in Wichita.
Developed by Health Care Leaders
The coursework was developed by leaders in the health care industry to prepare students for positions of professional leadership in health care.
Highly Ranked Program
In recent years, our Health Care Leadership graduate program has been consistently ranked among the best health care and health services programs in the country
Instructors in the program include both full-time faculty members with experience in health care as well as full-time practitioners in the health care industry.
Health care leadership is recognized by the likes of The Wall Street Journal, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the U.S. Bureau of Statistics as a growing industry.
The last module in the MHCL program consists of a capstone project where you have three options to experience firsthand a topic of study you find most interesting.
Helpful career guidance
“Friends University encouraged me to explore gaps of service in the healthcare sector and prepared me with the skills to help lead change. Due to my research at Friends, Via Christi Health has implemented our nation’s first human trafficking education program and protocol for healthcare professionals.”Nicole Ensminger, Health Care Leadership Graduate 2014
Topic of Study
The capstone course for MHCL is HLCL 690, “Managing Complex Healthcare Systems.” This course provides leadership concepts for the oversight of a full-service health system that has created a “cradle to grave” approach in its service offerings. Systems include acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, physician clinics, minor emergency centers, home health, hospice, long-term care, durable medical equipment, and some additional ancillary providers.
In conjunction with other master degree programs, MHCL participates in international internships. In the past they have included visits to China, England and South Africa. These international internships include cultural experiences as well as tours and lectures with health care providers that educate you on the architecture of the health care system in that country. The experience culminates with a research paper contrasting U.S. health care with the health care system experienced on the study abroad internship.
Occasionally you may find an internship opportunity with your current employer or another provider that interests you. You would submit an internship proposal to the program director for review. If approved, the program director will work with you and the provider to establish an internship experience that benefits both you and the employer, but also meets university requirements for capstone course completion.
Preparing for Leadership in the Health Care world
The MHCL will prepare students for responsible positions of professional leadership in the health care environment. The coursework was developed by leaders in the health care industry and specifically designed to encompass all phases of health care leadership, including acute and long-term care, clinic and hospital management, and home health and hospice agencies.
Information from various sources – including The Wall Street Journal, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the Kansas Job Vacancy Survey, InformationWeek, the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and the Wichita Eagle – recognizes health care as a growing industry. Some of the reasons for this growth include advances and changes in technology, managed health plans, issues related to aging, physician and hospital ventures, and other areas. Nationally, health care providers are recognizing the majority of middle- to upper-level managers as highly skilled clinicians, with limited financial, management and leadership skills. The industry as a whole is demanding more efficiency, including increased regulations. The curriculum was constructed with recommendation from many of the region’s health care providers. The instructors include full-time faculty members at Friends University who have health care experience, as well as full-time practitioners in various disciplines in the health care industry.
Participants in the health care leadership program examine the conditions and limitations of health care systems as a cohort of talented professionals. The peer-to-peer learning while working with other health care professionals creates a caring community with rich interactions positioning graduates to lead in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. The far-reaching knowledge and skills developed empower health care leaders to assemble compassionate and sustainable healthcare organizations.
Our Spanish program offers a focus on translation and interpretation. Students within the program want to:
- Achieve a grade of at least 80 percent in 522 Quality Management in Health Care Organizations and HLCL 604 Strategic Planning and Performance Analytics in Healthcare.
- Achieve a grade of at least 80 percent in HLCL 530 Risk Management and Decision Making in Healthcare, 518 Financial Management, HLCL 521 Human Resource Management and HLCL 522 Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations.
- Achieve a grade of at least 80 percent in 514 Management Information Systems in Health Care and HLCL 690 Managing Complex Healthcare Systems.