Master of Science: Healthcare Quality, Innovation, and Strategy

Features Capstone with Baldrige Foundation-Endorsed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Eligibility

Fully Online–Asynchronous Format
Taught by Highly Experienced Scholar-Practitioner Faculty Members
“Bundled Pricing” Includes All Tuition, Books, Learning Management Platform, and Fees

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    Fast Facts by the Numbers

    • 30 credits
    • 8 courses
    • 4 semesters
    • 1 course at a time
    • 0 GMAT
    • 0 Prerequisites
    • $25,800 Total Investment

    This program emphasizes the competencies needed for a meaningful and relevant career in healthcare leadership including personal leadership skills, essential elements of healthcare delivery systems, and a practical understanding of best practices. The rigorous, yet efficient curriculum, is based on essential and advanced principles in leadership, quality/ process improvement, management, innovation, finance, data analytics, policy and legal issues, and strategy development. The Health Advisory Team (HAT) includes prominent healthcare leaders representative of the community. These leaders provide ongoing oversight for the HQIS program quality input and career guidance for HQIS students. The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program offers a portable credential for those who might find themselves interested in expanding beyond healthcare later in their career.


    Program Overview

    Get to Know Our 100% Online Master of Science: Healthcare Quality, Innovation, and Strategy

    This STUdent-centric fully asynchronous online Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Quality, Innovation, and Strategy (HQIS) from St. Thomas University prepares you for the rigors of growing management, leadership, and staff roles across an expansive healthcare spectrum. The MS:HQIS program efficiently integrates theories and best practices of leadership, entrepreneurship, process improvement, and strategy development with relevant, streamlined, and practical materials presented with a laser-focus!

    Our quality online HQIS program is structured specifically for working professionals, with accelerated 8-week courses delivered in a convenient format ideal for a busy lifestyle.

    Coursework is taught online by scholar-practitioner faculty members with current real-world experience. Choose from six start dates each year and finish your degree in as few as 4 semesters. The program holds broad-based   career



    Affordable Tuition Only $25,800 at STU

    Tuition per Credit Hour Technology Fee per Course Program Tuition
    Tuition $860 $75 $25,800



    Our Application Deadlines and Course Schedules

    The MS in HQIS program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

    Start as soon as August!

    Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
    Fall 1 2021 08/21/21 08/09/21 08/12/21 08/13/21 08/16/21
    Fall 2 2021 10/16/21 10/04/21 10/07/21 10/08/21 10/11/21
    Spring 1 2022 01/08/22 12/23/21 12/28/21 12/30/21 01/03/22
    Spring 2 2022 03/12/22 02/28/22 03/03/22 03/04/22 03/07/22
    Summer 1 2022 05/24/22 05/02/22 05/05/22 05/06/22 05/09/22
    Summer 2 2022 06/25/22 06/13/22 06/26/22 06/17/22 06/20/22



    Qualifications for Our Online MBA General Program

    Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse academic backgrounds greater access to the MS: HQIS  online program. You must hold an undergraduate degree and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended, along with a resume.

    MS: HQIS Online Admission Requirements

    The following criteria are used for admission to MBA online programs, based on cumulative undergraduate GPA.

    • 2.75 or below GPA—Must submit transcripts and resume. No GMAT.

    Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:
    St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
    16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
    Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

    Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to


    MS in HQIS: Courses

    HQIS 610: Fundamentals for U.S. Healthcare Delivery

    Fundamental underpinning tenets of healthcare delivery for organizations, agencies, and systems include access, cost, quality, and continuity. The myriad of considerations for improving quality and creating an environment for safe delivery are explored. Governing authorities, organizational hierarchies, types of management and leadership models will be examined with a special focus on the U.S. health care delivery systems.

    4 credits

    HQIS 620: Leadership, Change and Innovation for Healthcare Delivery

    Leaders provide the overarching direction for executing an ethical, transformation, and entrepreneurial organizational vision. Leadership theories and a continuum of models will define the foundation for understanding the elements and requirements necessary in transforming the organizational culture that supports efficacious and safe patient care environments.

    4 credits

    HQIS 630: Quality Tools and Technology Resources for Healthcare Quality Improvement

    Improving healthcare outcomes requires the use of tools and strategies to change processes critical for measured advances in healthcare quality and/ or return on investment. The historical evolution of quality improvement implementation in healthcare, emanating from the manufacturing industry, will be examined.

    4 credits

    HQIS 640: Financial Literacy, Analytics and Big Data for Healthcare

    Understanding the importance of information and data as the foundational “currency” for evidence-based innovative decision-making processes in healthcare is critical for improving outcomes and optimizing return on investment. In addition to an emphasis on financial management and statements’ analysis, this survey course acquaints students with uses of fundamental data including use of “big data “, standard healthcare indicators, and industry metrics.

    4 credits

    HQIS 650: Policy, Regulatory, Compliance, and Risk Management for Healthcare

    Regulations, compliance, and risk- management factors combine with market forces and consumer behavior to influence further improvement across these delivery areas. Modern reform to include the influences of landmark legislation such as Medicare and Medicaid and the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will be examined. The effects of proactive risk-management initiatives to ameliorate system delivery and process outcomes will be examined.

    3 credits

    HQIS 660: Strategy and Innovation for Healthcare

    Engaging in a strategic planning initiative to help an organization articulate a vision requires an awareness of tools and their systematic uses. Products and services that differentiate organizations in the marketplace; and the tools used for establishing a desired organizational uniqueness are identified and examined. Strategy planning models, processes, and systems that foster efficiency and creativity to optimize return on investment, consistent with the organization’s mission and vision, are explored.

    3 credits

    HQIS 670: Integrative Capstone Innovation/Advanced Improvement Strategies for Healthcare

    Integrative and creative skills are vital for the creation of innovative solutions that further improve quality, patient safety, and system operations. Additional advanced quality tools are introduced to combine with previously learned skills for creative and innovative critical thinking. Body of knowledge platforms from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and The Baldridge Foundation provide a certification eligibility for Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt).

    5 credits

    MAN 510: Management Ethics

    The study of ethics and ethical behavior in public and private organizations is the fundamental purpose of this core course, which also explores corporate social responsibility to others to the enterprise, customer, and community and the preservation of the environment.

    3 credits