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You need advanced skills to manage today's health systems. And you need to develop them on your schedule.

Why Health Systems Management at the Universities at Shady Grove?

The Universities at Shady Grove  campus in Rockville, Md., lies along Montgomery County's expanding "high-tech" corridor, highly diversified with advanced professional, research and tech services at its core; it's also close to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and other medical facilities. Learn more.

This 39- to 45-credit (dependent on your professional experience and transfer credits) Master of Science program:

  • is offered Saturdays, enabling you to balance professional, family and school commitments and complete your degree in five semesters
  • can be completed through a combination of traditional classroom classes and online courses
  • is also  offered at the Universities at Shady Grove   in Rockville, Md., along Montgomery County's expanding "high-tech" corridor, highly diversified with advanced professional, research and tech services at its core; it's also close to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and other medical facilities.

This program is designed to help you become a highly effective administrator in a health-related environment and is an ideal fit if you are:

  • a health-care manager or program administrator in search of professional advancement
  • a nurse or technician needing a master's degree to move up the earnings scale
  • a supervisor seeking the in-depth strategic knowledge that a master's-level education provides.

Personalized flexibility to fit your career.

Depending on your previous work experience, you can take advantage of this program's distinct flexibility:

  • If you have prior professional experience in the field, you can complete the degree with 6 fewer credits (39 instead of 45), saving you time and money.
  • If you need professional experience, you can supplement your coursework with with an internship in an administrative role in a health-care organization. Since health systems managers require an interdisciplinary background to lead effectively, you'll delve into a wide range of professional subject areas, including: finance, epidemiology, qualitative methods, organizational behavior, ethics, law, and information systems. 

The curriculum addresses the 10 critical content areas recommended by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Alumni Spotlights 

Marya Marya Sabalbaro, B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15, has been promoted to the position of director for the Business Process and Projects Department at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation. This is a new department that will focus on improving the organization’s performance by optimizing and managing business processes. Marya has been part of the Adventist Rehab family for more than eight years, getting her start with the organization as the MFA/AMG Office Manager.  After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in health systems management, she transitioned from the office manager position to the role of business process consultant and analyst for the hospital.  Since then, Marya has obtained her master’s degree in health systems management, become certified as a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, and is currently working toward obtaining her Black Belt. She has successfully led several hospital initiatives that have made a significant impact on AHC Rehab’s operations.  


Efrin Efrain Solis, B.S. '11, M.S. '12, a senior project manager at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in Texas, and his colleagues have been named recipients of the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for sustainable excellence through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, systemic improvement and innovation. In addition to being a graduate of the Health Systems Management undergraduate and graduate programs, Solis is also an adjunct faculty member at UB.


Catherine Stapleton

Catherine Stapleton, M.S. '14 and her colleague, Casey Fenton, have co-authored a book titled The Hospice Guide to Billing and Reimbursement: Durable Guidance and Strategy for a Shifting Payment Landscape . Stapleton is a graduate of the Health Systems Management graduate program and now works as a director at Precipio Health Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based health-care advisory and consulting firm.


Classes are offered Saturdays during the day and online in a 10-week session.