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M.B.A. in Health Systems

M.B.A. with a Major in Complex Health Systems

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As the baby boomer generation enters retirement and demands our attention, so does the growing need for health care professionals. Hospitals and health care facilities are facing new challenges, and require professionals who can provide solutions. NSU gives you a competitive advantage so you can lead in this growing field.

The M.B.A. with a major in Complex Health Systems will expose you to the full continuum of the health care system, including translational research and economic development. You’ll work in experiential learning environments that include the classroom, hospitals, clinics, and research settings. This unique program is the intersection where technology, research, and innovation all meet. Some call it the “business side” of health care, where business solutions help take discoveries on the laboratory bench through the complex journey to the patient’s bedside.

An Advisory Board of health care leaders, researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs developed this program to provide you with a powerful advantage. It empowers you to improve patients and stakeholder business solutions as a health care leader or facilitate cutting-edge laboratory findings, medicines, therapies and device launches as an entrepreneur.

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Admission Deadlines:

Winter II 2021: March 1, 2021
Summer 2021: April 30, 2021

Why an M.B.A. in Complex Health Systems: Hear from the Advisory Board

  • MBA core courses are delivered online and weeknights.
  • Complex Health System courses are delivered in a 16 week format, both on alternate Saturdays in person and online (synchronous & asynchronous).
  • Program may be completed in approximately 24 months.
  • Program begins 5 times per year, August, October, January, March and May.
  • Program developed by Advisory Board of health care leaders, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Prepares the student for success as a leader within the complex health care business sector.
  • Focuses on the "new" business of health - the intersection of technology, research and innovation.
  • Provides an experiential learning environment, taught by practitioners, in the classroom and the healthcare business continuum from hospitals to clinics and research settings.
  • NSU's Center for Collaborative Research and its high level relationships with incubator and early stage healthcare businesses, biotech and pharma will provide the foundation for the program.

Application Requirements

  • A conferred bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree for international applicants. Applicants that have earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall GPA of a 3.0 or greater will be considered for admission.
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 2.60 or greater on a 4.00 scale as reflected on official, final transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Applicants will be considered eligible for admission if their undergraduate GPA in the final 60 hours of their enrollment is a 2.60 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
  • For applicants who have earned a 2.35-2.59 cumulative undergraduate GPA or who have earned a GPA of 2.35-2.59 in the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program, a minimum GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score of 450 or the equivalent score of a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a non-regionally accredited institution will be considered for admission. Such applicants must demonstrate an undergraduate GPA of 2.60 or greater on a 4.00 scale and a GMAT score of 450+ or the equivalent score of the GRE.
  • For those applicants whose native language is not English or the bachelor's degree was not completed in English, a language proficiency will be required.
  • Students can connect wirelessly on campus, and laptops are encouraged in the classroom – for taking notes, instructor-led exercises, and working in groups. Students are not required to purchase a particular brand of computer. However, please remember that College-provided software runs on Windows platforms. Students who use Macs will need windows emulation capability and must secure their systems using antivirus and antispyware programs. Recommended minimum computer specifications: Windows 7 or 8/8.1 operating system, MS Office, and 6GB RAM, 125GB hard drive.

Required Documentation

  1. Completed Master's Application for Admission and non-refundable $50 application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. The applicant's bachelor degree transcript must show degree conferral date in order to be evaluated for admission consideration. If graduate degree has been earned, the transcript must show degree conferral date in order to be evaluated for admission consideration. Electronic transcripts can be sent to or by mail at:

    Nova Southeastern University
    Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
    Attn: H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
    3301 College Avenue
    PO Box 299000
    Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida 33329-9905

Total credits: 40-49

M.B.A. Core Courses (22-31 total credits)

Health Systems major Courses
(18 total credits)
CHS 5000 Governance in Complex Health Systems  
CHS 5100 Regulatory, Legal, and Ethical Environment in Complex Health Systems  
CHS 5200 Financial Environment in Complex Health Systems  
CHS 5300 Principles of Leadership for Collaboration, Change, and Team Science in Complex Health Systems  
CHS 5400 Translational Research in Complex Health Systems  
CHS 5500 Practicum in Complex Health Systems  
Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your Degree Works audit. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or Degree works audit can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Full-Time professionals are available to discuss the M.B.A. in Complex Health Systems curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25067 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Course Descriptions

ACT 5140 : Accounting for Decision Makers

Linda Kidwell, Ph.D.

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FIN 5130 : Financial Management

Albert Williams, Ph.D.

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MGT 5105: Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic and Complex World

Leslie Tworoger, Ph.D.

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MGT 5170: Applying Strategey for Managers

Jason Cavich, Ph.D.


MKT 5125: Marketing Decisions for Managers

Bay O'Leary, Ph.D.

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The following prerequisite course may be necessary for certification completion.

ACT 5001 Introductory Accounting*
FIN 5008 Business Finance*
QNT 5000 Foundations of Business Statistics*

* Course may be waived at the discretion of the department chair or designee. Waivers will only be considered when an equivalent course with a grade of C has been earned in the past 10 years

Students have three options for satisfying a program prerequisite course:

  1. Complete course(s) offered by the H. Wayne Huizenga Collee of Business and Entrepreneurship;
  2. Complete a proficiency examination administrated by a testing organization that has national recognition, such as CLEP and DANTES. Students selecting this option must complete the requirements within their first two semesters with HCBE. After the second semester, courses must be completed with HCBE. Official transcripts must be received by the office of Academic Advising one week prior to register for courses requiring the prerequisite requirement.
  3. Complete the course with another regionally accredited institution. Students should obtain verification from an academic advisor regarding course equivalency at another institution. Students will need to supply a course description for initial evaluation. A course syllabus may be required if additional review is needed.
Gary Mervak

Gary Mervak, CFO HCA

  • Retiring Executive with 40 years experience in all aspects of healthcare.
  • CFO HCA Mercy Hospital, HCA Mercy Hospital.
  • Education: University of Michigan, Concord School of Law and MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
Thomas Temple

H. Thomas Temple MD

  • Senior Vice President of Translational Research and Economic Development at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Orthopedic surgeon specializing in musculoskeletal oncology.
  • Authored over 150 scientific articles and book chapters.
  • Education: Harvard University and Jefferson Medical College.
Daniel Dawes

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.

  • Author of health policy book, 150 Years of Obamacare, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Healthcare attorney and the Executive Director of Government Relations and Policy & External Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Health Systems Transformation.
Joseph Chalili

Joseph M. Chalil M.D.

  • M.D., MBA, FACHE, Board Certified in Healthcare Management.
  • Senior Medical Director, North America of DBV Technologies, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company involved in the field of immunotherapy.
  • Chairman, AAPI Global Clinical Research and Trial Network Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives
Harry Moon

Harry K. Moon, M.D.

  • Harry Moon MD: Owner/President of Himmarshee Surgical Partners.
  • Former CEO: Chief Executive for all Cleveland Clinic Florida Business Activities. Trained and on faculty of Cleveland Clinic.
  • 25 year career as a physician, researcher and surgeon.
  • Civic activity includes being the Chairman of Broward Workshop and President of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
Doug Bartel

Doug Bartel MBA

  • Senior Director of Business Development, Media and External Relations - Florida Blue (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida).
  • Owner and President - Excel Communications Group Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area.
  • Director of Multimedia Dan Marino Foundation.
  • Experience includes: 2 years with the Dan Marino Foundation, 15 years with NBC Civic activity includes Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Board member of the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, and Board member of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association.
  • Education: MBA University of Miami
Chantal Leconte

Chantal Leconte, FACHE

  • Administrator and CEO at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Healthcare System.
  • Specialties: Acute care hospital administration, strategic planning, physician relations, and business development.
  • Expertise in performance improvement, merger and acquisition, team building, customer service and new product line development.
  • Education: MBA Nova Southeastern University.
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