36 total credits required
The online MHA program requires the completion of 12 core healthcare administration courses. As a student, you’ll complete a capstone course and may be required to take up to three prerequisite courses if you did not complete them with a score of B or higher as part of your undergraduate degree.
Foundation Courses (6 hours)
This course is designed to develop graduate students’ language and writing abilities within academic and professional genres. Topics will include writing coherence, logic, and processes; audience and situation awareness; development and support of ideas; and language formality and accuracy.
This course is designed to introduce graduate business students to the conventions and expectations of academic and professional writing and to develop their abilities to follow those conventions. Particular emphasis will be given to research writing, style, and organization. Additional topics will include best practices for creating clear, concise, and effective professional writing.
Choose 3 hours from the following
This course consists of an examination of the application of statistical analysis in business and the use of quantitative techniques in managerial decision making. Topics include measures of central tendency, probability and distribution, sampling and statistical inference, techniques of statistical analysis, and modeling techniques. Lab fee may be required.
This course is an introduction to the theory and applications of statistics, including probability, descriptive statistics, random variables, expected values, distribution functions, and hypothesis testing.
Topics covered in this course include counting rules and probability, normal and binomial distributions, Chi-square, t-tests and F-tests, ANOVA, linear regression, precision, accuracy, absolute and relative error, random error, means, medians, standard deviation (population and sample), standard error of the mean, variance, relative standard deviation, coefficient of variation, confidence levels and intervals, Q-tests, and definitions and sources of error (methodological, sampling, procedural and instrument).
Core Courses (36 hours)
This course presents the techniques and practices behind effective management of people the healthcare profession. It presents the techniques and practices behind effective management of people the healthcare profession on issues of employment law and employee relations, credentialing of healthcare providers, staff recruitment, selection, and retention practices performance management, workforce planning in a rapidly changing healthcare system and nurse staffing in healthcare organizations. Problem-based learning cases will engage students and expand learning comprehension Lab fee may be required.
Public health is concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. Students will learn about public health from both a global and national viewpoint as well as additional topics of disaster preparedness, public policy and research. Disease prevention via behavior and environmental modification along with the cost effectiveness and benefits of public health interventions and technology use will also be reviewed. Lab fee may be required.
This course will be an in-depth discussion of case setting precedents in healthcare Law. The scope and perspective of the intricacies of healthcare law will be discussed from a management perspective, as well as liabilities of healthcare institutions as they relate to legal issues. Students will learn to analyze, synthesize, and apply current and previously established political, social, economic, and legal indications in the analysis of legal cases as they relate to predominant healthcare issues. Current precedent setting cases and established cases will be fully explored as they relate to and contrast the evolution of healthcare law. Lab fee may be required.
The healthcare industry is in a state of accelerated transition. The proliferation of healthcare data and its assimilation, access, use, and security are ever-increasing challenges. Data analytics plays an increasingly greater role in healthcare organization. This course presents best practices for controlling, analyzing, and using data. The elements of preparing an actionable data strategy are exemplified on subjects such as revenue integrity, revenue management, and patient engagement. Students will look at different types of analytical tools to help make meaningful decisions that will cut costs, improve efficiency, and ultimately provide better care for patients. Lab fee may be required.
Students will learn how to become critical and intelligent consumers of research literature in healthcare. Guidelines to determine if research is valuable will be presented based upon the appropriateness of research design, methodology, and statistics. Students will learn how to apply knowledge obtained through research to everyday practices in healthcare organizations. Lab fee may be required.
This course reviews the accountability for the protection and dissemination of healthcare information and is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners across the health disciplines. This course provides an overview of health information HIPAA Privacy and Security rules, and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, and the growth in the utilization of electronic record systems. It introduces other laws and organizations that are critical to the management and protection of health information as well as basic concepts such as compliance, uses of information for coding, and cybersecurity. Standards for conduct and ethical uniformity of practice for the Health Information profession and ethical decision-making matrices will be discussed as a guide to understanding the complexity of solving ethical problems. Lab fee may be required.
This course reviews the current healthcare system, history of quality, and quality issues specific to health care industry. Students will discuss the integration of quality into the strategic planning process. Students will understand the strategic role of quality in the American health care system. Students will learn domains and dimensions of quality and their integration into operational activities into the healthcare organization and a structured approach for reporting quality performance at multiple levels of the organization Students will learn that there are parallels between financial performance and quality performance management. Lab fee may be required.
This course provides the student with the ability to look at developing a strategic plan in a changing environment with changing consumer demands. Additionally, students will discuss healthcare marketing and health promotion applications used in various types of Healthcare organizations. Lab fee may be required.
This course will cover a broad range of topics to include an overview of the healthcare system and evolving reimbursement methodologies; healthcare accounting and financial statements; managing cash, and billing and collections; and an analysis of financing major capital investments. Budgeting and performance measurement and pricing will also be reviewed. Students will discuss production analysis, cost measurement, and internal reporting concepts that are imperative to making informed management decisions. Lab fee may be required.
This course will give students a firm understanding of the relevance of economics to the US health care industry and the economic policies that affect medical care delivery and finance. Students will explore the changing nature of health care and will learn to analyze health policy from a social, political, and economic perspective. Lab fee may be required.
This course is designed to assist today’s healthcare professionals and managers with the fundamental knowledge and tools needed to manage information and information resources effectively within a wide variety of health care organizations as well as understand national private sector and government initiatives that have played key roles in the adoption and application of the technologies in health care. Knowledge of these initiatives and mandates shaping the current HIT national landscape provides the background for understanding the importance of the health information systems that are used to promote excellent, cost-effective patient care. Lab fee may be required.
This course examines leadership skills in the context of managing in healthcare organizations. Course content includes strategic thinking, effective communications, team building, and leading in various contexts. While learning about leadership issues, students are required to synthesize the information and skills learned in previous courses through activities such as group projects, case studies, presentations, and research papers. Lab fee may be required.
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