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Health Administration, MS Courses

The following are courses in the Health Administration, MS program.

Required Courses

HA 701: Introduction to Health Delivery and Administration

3 Credits
This course discusses the broad structures and functions of the U.S. health system with careful examination of services, cost, and quality of healthcare. Students will gain a thorough appreciation for the evolution of our healthcare system through time, as a function of U.S. values, scientific discovery, and world events. The curriculum will provide an overview of a wide array of features of the U.S. healthcare system such as long-term care, public health, healthcare financing, the healthcare workforce, technology, and managed care. Further, students will gain deeper understanding of major historical healthcare policies impacting our current delivery system, the current status of provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and the future of healthcare reform.

HA 703: Healthcare Law, Regulation & Ethics

3 Credits
The inextricable link between the healthcare delivery system and law requires healthcare administrators to be experts in a breadth of legal and regulatory issues. This course will introduce students to the legal and ethical issues affecting the administration and delivery of healthcare services. Students will be familiarized with the U.S. legal system, major legal issues pertaining to the management of healthcare institutions, regulations surrounding quality of care, the impacts of the Affordable Care Act, and ethical issues in health administration. Specific attention will be given to common legal and ethical issues encountered in the healthcare environment, including antitrust laws, patient privacy, end-of-life care, and malpractice. Students will become familiar with the responsibility of healthcare organizations to comply with government regulations and the important role of ethics committees for decision-making in healthcare delivery.

HA 704: Healthcare Quality Improvement

3 Credits
Stakeholders at all levels rely upon healthcare administrators to deliver safe and high-quality services in the healthcare organization. Further, the move toward value-based care has driven providers to conduct more rigorous evaluation of patient safety and performance. In this course, students will explore the principles of quality management and quality improvement. Utilizing case studies and other learning methodologies, this course will discuss quality improvement models, project teams, collaboration, and systems within the healthcare organization that provide a foundation for delivering safe, high-quality healthcare. The curriculum will provide an overview of the principles of and practical tools for quality improvement, including the strategies of Lean Six Sigma and the Toyota model of quality management. Students will also learn essential management practices for adopting and implementing performance goals for lasting process improvements, strategies for assessing population health, procedures for safe discharge planning, laws and regulations related to healthcare quality, and an understanding of value-based purchasing.

HA 710: Advanced Financial Management in Healthcare

3 Credits
Planning, monitoring, and controlling the finances of a healthcare organization is the responsibility of healthcare management at all levels. In today’s complex healthcare industry, administrators must have a firm comprehension of the basic principles and procedures of financial management. This course will utilize case studies from an array of healthcare settings—long-term care, home health, and hospitals—to demonstrate tools used for financial monitoring, budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning. Students will explore practical procedures for quantifying revenues and expenses, constructing capital expenditure and operating budgets, and analyzing financial trends. Updated concepts such as big data, meaningful use, ICD-10, and value-based care will also be examined through a financial management lens.

HA 715: Healthcare Marketing and Strategic Planning

3 Credits
It is crucial for administrators and managers in healthcare to comprehend marketing principles and know how to plan for their organization strategically with full market awareness. Leaders in healthcare know their consumers, identify their market, communicate the organization’s value, and meet the consumers’ needs. This course will provide the backdrop for marketing, including exploring the internal and external influences on strategic planning, strategies for segmenting the market, branding, and data analysis. In addition, students will be introduced to a step-by-step guide through the marketing process while also being made aware of challenges inherent in a competitive marketplace. Students will have opportunities, through case study analyses, to apply marketing principles to real-world scenarios, determining precisely which marketing strategies to use in a range of situations.

HA 720: Managerial Epidemiology and Population Health for Healthcare Organizations

3 Credits
New regulations and policies, the passage of the Affordable Care Act, new reimbursement schemes, emerging infectious diseases, and introduction of ICD-10 coding has greatly impacted the U.S. healthcare system, requiring the adoption of new research principles for the healthcare administrator. This course provides an introduction to population health studies (epidemiology) for healthcare management. Students will learn the basic principles of epidemiology, strategies for data analysis, and applications of epidemiology to the planning, evaluation, and management of healthcare for populations. In addition, students will be introduced to the primary metrics collected and analyzed in a variety of healthcare settings—hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency departments, and physician practices—in order to ensure that effective and safe services are being delivered.

HA 725: Operations Management in Healthcare

3 Credits
The U.S. healthcare system and individual organizations face many challenges, including rising costs and unequal access. These and other dilemmas are addressed in this course, Operations Management in Healthcare. This course provides a comprehensive analysis of the many aspects of healthcare operations management, including organization finances, patient flows, inventory management, supply chain management, and process improvement. Students will explore ways in which healthcare administrators direct the complexities of the healthcare organization and all of its elements—patients, stakeholders, providers, payers, and government regulators. In addition, students will be introduced to concepts of research and data analytics for decision-making to improve quality and efficiency.

HA 730: Organizational Behavior, Leadership & Human Resource Management

3 Credits
Effective management within today’s dynamic and evolving healthcare industry requires an in-depth understanding of human dynamics in the workplace and skills to effectively lead teams and organizations for process improvement. Students will be introduced to the study of individual and group behavior in healthcare settings. Utilizing case studies and other learning methodologies, students will gain a deeper understanding of leadership models used for motivating employees toward positive change, meeting organizational objectives, and job satisfaction. Further, this course will provide an overview of major human resource functions, such as staffing, training and development, employee relations, and long-range planning.

HA 790: Health Administration Master’s Capstone

3 Credits
The American College of Healthcare Executives has identified essential competencies for the health care executive within five major domains: communication and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business skills and knowledge. Students completing their capstone project are expected to display these competencies at a novice level. The novice level is defined by ACHE as “an individual’s primary focus is understanding and gaining information in order to comprehend the skills needed. You have the level of experience gained in a classroom setting or on-the job training. You are expected to need help when performing this skill.” Upon completion of the coursework required for the master of health administration degree, the capstone project is the culmination of a student’s experience, in which content from every course is integrated. The capstone project requires identifying a current problem in a real-world health care setting and the synthesizing and application of the skills and knowledge gained in this academic program to develop practical solutions. The product of this in-depth analysis will be a comprehensive report and formal presentation. Through the report and presentation, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. health delivery system and major business concepts; critical thinking; effective written and oral communication skills; leadership and professionalism; strategic planning; and quantitative skills in the analysis of population health, economics, financial management, and quality assessment.

IF 702: Understanding Health Information Systems

3 Credits
Understanding Health Information Systems is the second course in your certificate program. This course begins by introducing you to the terminology, hardware, and software used in health information technology (HIT). Next, you are introduced to electronic health records (EHRs) to develop an understanding of their advantages and challenges. You also learn about how data are organized in an EHR. Then, you learn about the systems development life cycle (SDLC) and how it is used in decision-making. The course then shifts to data analytics, as you explore the various sources of data used in HIT and how data are used in different types of healthcare facilities. Furthermore, you learn about the importance of interoperability and the challenges of making systems work together. The course ends by examining how the underlying concepts in the Foundation of Knowledge model and the data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) paradigm help transform data and information into knowledge and wisdom.

Elective Courses

DS 701: Introduction to Data Science

3 Credits
The increasing abundance of data in all areas of society has led to a major need for professionals trained in the proper collection, management, and analysis of data. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of data science, with a focus on the application of these principles to answer questions in a wide variety of fields. Specific attention will be given to the definition of data, finding appropriate data sources, methods for collecting data, and how data is processed after it has been collected (cleaning, coding, and manipulation). Students will also be introduced to basic data analysis and data presentation. At the conclusion of the course, students will be prepared to begin exploring data on their own and to take more advanced data science courses.

GN 701: Intro to Genomics

3 Credits
This course explores the history of genetics and genomics. Family history is discussed as a vital part of a genetic risk assessment and tool for evaluation of inheritance patterns and penetrance of disease. The course concludes with a review of the epigenetic influences on health and epidemiologic approaches to evaluate health and disease and applications in genomics.

HA 750: Business Communication for Healthcare Administrators

3 Credits
Written and verbal communication strategies are central to effective management as well as in the delivery of important health-related information aimed at improving patient outcomes and safety. This course will provide students with essential written and spoken communication strategies used in business, public health messaging, and health care delivery. Students will gain confidence in their short written communication (emails, memos, summary statements) and long written communication (reports), as well as greater comfort with public and one-on-one speaking. This course will explore ways in which communication is used most effectively for problem-solving, leadership, and research. Finally, students will gain a stronger grasp of communication skills important for effective management, such as briefings, persuasion, and conflict management.

HA 751: Emergency Management in Healthcare

3 Credits
It is essential that healthcare organizations identify their emergency planning needs and develop an effective level of preparedness strategies in a variety of public health crises. This course aims to help current and future healthcare administrators develop emergency management and operations plans for hospitals and healthcare systems. Case studies will include lessons learned in actual emergency management planning and emergency responses to incidents such as natural disasters, terrorism, and public health emergencies. Students will be introduced to legal and regulatory issues associated with emergency preparedness and response, hospital logistics and laboratory operations, the roles of healthcare personnel, risk communication and media relations, integrating emergency response with other community resources, physical infrastructure security and safety, triage principles, and infectious disease containment.

IF 701: Introduction to Health Informatics

3 Credits
Introduction to Health Informatics works as an introductory class in two ways: first, it launches your study of health informatics, and second, it commences your work in this MS program. Appropriately, the course itself begins with basics of health informatics and its related professional roles. From there, you investigate health informatics’ past, present, and future, and begin building your understanding of theories and research that apply to both health information technology (HIT) and evidence-based practice (EBP). Next, you examine administrative and clinical health information systems, including electronic health records (EHRs). In the next few weeks of the course, you consider topics such as the security and privacy of data, the quality of care, and the safety of patients. You conclude your work in this first course by exploring the engagement and experience of patients, as well as the emerging technologies and trends relevant to health informatics.