Program Length: 15 months
The Master of Science in Healthcare Administration can give you the education and background you need to evaluate and improve health policies. you'll learn to recognize opportunities and develop procedures to make the delivery of healthcare services more efficient and effective. Successful completion of this program can help give you the skills and credentials you need to be considered for senior health service administration or policy analyst positions.
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Healthcare Economics and Policy Analysis
This course discusses microeconomic theory, including demand and production, analysis of health-care markets, anti-trust issues, hospital and physician service markets, the role of insurance, cost-effectiveness analysis, and government policy. (Prerequisite: ECN220 or the equivalent, or with consent of the Dean)
This course addresses financial decisions healthcare professionals make on a daily basis. Students will assess financially viable options for a healthcare organization, the impact of the Medicare payment system, and diagnosis-related groups on the healthcare industry.
Issues in Managed Care
This course serves as an introduction to the history, structure, and management issues associated with health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and other managed care options.
This course examines organizational change including what effective managers can do to understand and anticipate such change and to respond accordingly. Topics include concepts in organizational behavior, learning, motivation and performance, groups and organizational design, and organizational processes.
Management Practices for the Healthcare Professional
In this course, the student will assess current management practices, as well as examine organizational and managerial theories for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the functions of healthcare administration.
Healthcare Administration and Policy
This course provides a thorough overview of the American healthcare system. Topics include identification of the nation's healthcare needs and the effect of the interaction of health, government, and politics on meeting the identified needs.
Healthcare Personnel Administration
This course addresses the policies, methods, and techniques utilized in public and health organizations relating to human resource systems. Topics include; recruitment, employment planning and forecasting, managing diversity, testing, interviewing, the training process, organizing teams, appraising performance, establishing strategic pay plans, financial incentives, benefits, labor relations, collective bargaining, and employee security.
Students, individually or in teams, produce a professional project or thesis that demonstrates the integration of the skills and concepts learned throughout the duration of the program.
The Healthcare System
This course is a comprehensive course covering the full spectrum of healthcare services, identifying up-to-the-minute trends, and analyzing options for future policy.
Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management
This course addresses why healthcare institutions are responsible for the management and continuous improvement of quality in all aspects of their operation. It exposes the student to the processes and quality tools used to develop effective quality management programs as well as to assess current practices. It also covers how to evaluate outcomes data for interpretation to various audiences.
Healthcare Information Systems
This course is designed to prepare students for management oversight, administrative design, acquisition of, and implementation of, information technology systems. The course emphasizes basic knowledge of information systems in a healthcare environment. A component of the course is a team-based information technology strategic plan.
Legal Considerations in Healthcare Delivery
This course addresses the variety of legal questions and issues confronting healthcare professionals today. The course includes such topics as liability, confidentiality of records, informed consent, contracts, patient rights, employee rights, and legal testimony.
Healthcare Marketing and Planning
This course examines the planning process including the concepts and procedures of strategies, problem solving, and decision-making. It also addresses the importance of marketing in healthcare organizations.
This course introduces mathematical and statistical analysis as related to business information, including profit and inventory analysis. Theory, tools, and techniques involved with information systems as used by management are introduced. Other topics include research design, data collection and organization, sampling, inferential statistical methods, and results interpretation. (Prerequisite: MAT220 or equivalent within the last five years, or with consent of the Dean)
Total Courses: 14Total Credits: 57.5
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Available Online: This program is delivered fully online.
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