Paul Cronan
Program Director
Business Building
pcronan@walton.uark.edu

Degrees Conferred:
Master of Healthcare Business Analytics (HCBAMA)

The Master of Healthcare Business Analytics (M.H.B.A.) degree is a professional 30-hour degree focusing on business analytics applications in the healthcare industry and healthcare analytics applications. The curriculum addresses barriers and facilitators to adoption of new procedures in the healthcare environment, as well as how analytics can achieve modern healthcare system goals: high-quality, responsive, affordable, and efficient care.

Healthcare systems capture enormous amounts of information (such as electronic health records, billing information, patient wait times, supply records) as well as more novel forms of data (such as chronic disease monitoring and radio-frequency identification tracking).  Managerial issues include how to influence electronic data users to employ analytics consistently for improving healthcare delivery, managing the reporting and sharing of data, and leveraging data and resources to improve health at a manageable cost.

This degree program is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in healthcare business, government, and public service.  Sufficient flexibility is provided to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and foster lifelong learning and innovation.

Requirements for M.H.B.A. in Healthcare Business Analytics

Admission Requirements: Students must apply to and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of Business  and be admitted by the departmental admissions committee. 

Requirements for the Master of Healthcare Business Analytics Degree: Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and analytics will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge for the Healthcare Business Analytics degree includes fundamental business and economics concepts as well as fundamental knowledge of statistics. The M.H.B.A. program considers work experience an integral part of the curriculum and recommends that students work/intern for up to one year in a position (or positions) which allow for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in courses.

Students will have the ability to apply healthcare business analytics, machine learning methods, prescriptive models, and computing to identify, assess, and seize the opportunity for data-driven value creation in the private and public sectors. The Master of Healthcare Business Analytics Degree is a non-thesis degree program. The comprehensive exam will be a component of ISYS 599V Practicum Seminar .

Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the M.H.B.A. Program Director and the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits.

Core Courses (24 hours)
ESRM 5303Healthcare Analytics Fundamentals3
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics3
ESRM 5823Healthcare Business Analytics I3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
ISYS 5843Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management3
ESRM 5853Healthcare Business Analytics II3
ISYS 599VPracticum Seminar6
Select 6 hours from the following:6
Multiple Regression Techniques for Education
Public Health: Practices and Planning
Regression Analysis
ERP Fundamentals
Data and Cybersecurity
Data and System Security
Cybersecurity, Crime, and Data Privacy Law I
Blockchain Fundamentals
Internship Experience
Economic Analytics
Marketing Analytics
Supply Chain Performance Management and Analytics
Methods of Multivariate Analysis
Total Hours30