Patrick J. Murtha, DHA, MBA, an Assistant Professor in the College of Business and Leadership, also serves as Chair for the Healthcare Administration Program. Dr. Murtha has taught the past ten years in both undergraduate and graduate programs at Lourdes University, Franklin University, and the University of Michigan – MBA Program. His areas of teaching excellence and experience include Health Policy and Law, Health Finance, Healthcare Strategic Planning, Health Management, Healthcare Delivery Systems and Business Management. As a diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Dr. Murtha also is active member of AUPHA, the certification body for university based undergraduate healthcare administration programs. He also is a member of the Advisory Council for the School for Health Professions at Central Michigan University. Dr. Murtha’s research interests include Rural Healthcare Operations, Board Governance, Physician Relations, and Patient Satisfaction.

Dr. Murtha brings real-world expertise to the classroom setting due to his vast experience as a healthcare consultant and executive. He has over thirty years of healthcare management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare settings. During his twenty- three year tenure as a healthcare executive, the last twelve years working as President and CEO of health systems, Dr. Murtha leveraged his strong financial and strategic skills to address the challenges of healthcare organizations. Based on his collaborative style and innovative management practices, Dr. Murtha was frequently asked to sponsor targeted pilots of management and operational programs. One of the hallmarks of his professional success is effective communication of ideas that build strong coalitions with all affected stakeholders. His passionate commitment to a culture of quality and safety led to national recognition for his organization by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Hospital – for three consecutive years.

Research interests include patient satisfaction, succession planning and board governance and leadership development.


Diplomat, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

Certification Examiner, Association of University Affiliated Undergraduate Healthcare Administration Programs (AUPHA)

Graduate Program Representative for Advisory Council, Health Professions Division – Central Michigan University

Graduate Courses:

MBA 640 Healthcare Finance

Explores the financial dynamics of managerial finance in healthcare. Financial theories, practices and strategic imperatives will be explored related to a variety of healthcare delivery settings. Provides an understanding of the managerial principles used to analyze business conditions, problem solve and exercise sound decision making alternatives. Opportunities will be provided to apply ideas to real-world healthcare business settings.

MBA 627 Creativity, Innovation and Integrative Thinking

This course encourages the exploration of issues from diverse, shifting angles to frame problems holistically, learning to make decisions based on multiple, often conflicting, functional perspectives, and building judgment and intuition into messy unstructured situations.  Students will practice finding and negotiating integrative solutions in situations entailing seemingly irreconcilable views. The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s capacity for creativity, innovation and integrative thinking in the context of complex business challenges.

Undergraduate Courses

HCA 225 Introduction to Healthcare Administration

Designed as both an experiential opportunity and introduction to health care administration (HCA) for business majors prior to taking their HCA major specific courses. Focuses on health care delivery models where HCA professionals work. Provides the student with the opportunity to explore the wide array of health care delivery settings where their degree can be used.

HCA 424 Health Care Management

Examines topics related to health care operations and organizational structure Provides an in depth overview of the U.S. Health care system focusing on operational characteristics and issues that health care managers and administrators are routinely exposed to as challenges.

HCA 426 Public Policy and Healthcare Policy

U.S. health care policy is shaped by a combination of political, regulatory, legal, and public initiatives. The course examines the influences of each on U.S. health care policy and their impact on health care delivery. Provides students with an understanding of economic, social, and political influences and impact on health care in the United States.

HCA 425 Introduction to Healthcare Finance

Examines the unique characteristics of health care finance with regard to managed care contracting, government reimbursement methods for different health care delivery models, grants and research, Stark Laws, Medicare compliance, and uncompensated care.  Provides students with an understanding of the financial environments and applications unique to health care