Dr. Chris Nesser, MHA associate professor, describes what goes into completing the MHA degree.
This course orients students to the economic variables that influence market performance, management decision making, and the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policy within the health services industry.
This course introduces students to the principles of epidemiology as a diagnostic discipline of population health. Emphasis is placed on understanding epidemiological information, the concept of risk, and the tools used to evaluate health problems and policies at a population level.
This course introduces the purpose and methods of financial accounting including for-profit, and governmental organizations, function and organization of the financial resource department, and special industry characteristics affecting financial management. Contemporary topics on third party payers and insurers, price or rate setting and cost shifting, taxation and healthcare incentives and alternative organizations will be discussed. Additionally, the course will provide students with an understanding of the use of accounting information in healthcare organizations for operational management including the functions of planning, leading, controlling and decision-making.
This course introduces concepts and develops skills in financial planning and controlling functions including time value of money, pro forma statements, budgets, and ratio analysis. Additional coverage of contemporary financial management topics include capital budgeting, capital structure analysis, cost management, apportioning methods and break even analysis. The course content is designed to give health administration managers the skills and abilities to analyze the financial implications of day to day operational decisions. The financial topics covered in this course provide the necessary foundation for understanding and managing the financial aspects of the modern healthcare organization.
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of human resources management with a focus on issues confronting health care administrators. Emphasis is placed on the competencies necessary for effective recruitment, training, compensation, evaluation, retention, evaluation, and development of human resources within the healthcare industry. Special attention is given to issues related to the clinical workforce.
This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of collecting and analyzing data for the production of information that supports management operations, planning, and decision-making within healthcare organizations.
This course addresses risk management and legal issues pertaining to health services as they relate to providers and consumers within the health care system. It also provides an examination of managerial and clinical ethics as they relate to the provision of health services..
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of quality management and continuous improvement within health services organizations. The purpose of this course is to introduce healthcare managers to the foundational concepts of quality in a healthcare environment in an effort to improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery.
This course introduces students to research method techniques and common statistical applications of importance to healthcare managers. Emphasis is placed on the study of statistical techniques for problem-solving and decision-making including the theoretical and applied statistical and quantitative skills required to understand, conduct and evaluate managerial research.
This course introduces students to management and leadership roles, functions, and practices of health care managers. Emphasis is placed on the skills and competencies necessary for effective health services management. Skills, competencies and roles covered in the course include those related to motivation, leadership, governance, problem solving, power and influence, communication, and coordination.;Additionally, students are introduced to the conceptual dimensions for health services organizations/systems at the macro and micro level. The course provides a conceptual framework for identifying, analyzing, evaluating and managing factors that influence the design, structure and effective operation of hospitals and other health care organizations.
This course presents students with the concepts and practices of marketing management within the health care industry. The course develops a comprehensive approach to translating the strategic plan of the health care organization into a functional marketing plan that can be implemented in an effective manner in order to increase the market share of the target public.
This course provides a comprehensive study of theory and concepts applicable to the strategic management and decision-making process in contemporary healthcare organizations. Case studies and independent research projects provide practice in applying strategic assessment, implementation processes, and organizational evaluation and control. The focus is on strategic management process as an institutional staff activity. Emphasis is placed on development of a conceptual model for strategic planning that is applicable to most organizational settings.
This course presents a comprehensive model of health policy and analysis to include its major objectives and methods and its relationship to the field of health services research. An organizing framework is provided that integrates concepts and methods from the fields of epidemiology, economics, ethics, political science and related disciplines. Emphasis is on integrating policymaking with the major system performance objectives of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity. The prerequisites for this course are HADM 6302 and HADM 6303 (or equivalent courses) or permission of the instructor.
This course introduces students to the attitudes, practices and skills necessary for effective health services leadership, with an emphasis on the roles and functions required of entry-level and middle managers. Course topics are discussed and explored within the context of key organizational dimensions to include environment, structure, process, human resources, performance and adaptability.
This project based course builds upon the knowledge, skills and abilities gained and developed in the core health administration coursework and the student’s employment experiences. The intent of the capstone is to assess student attainment of program competencies in relation to their understanding of healthcare administration. Actual organizational issues are analyzed; discussed and possible strategies are evaluated and defended. Student projects are based on healthcare organizational issues that are consistent with the student’s interests and academic emphasis. Prerequisite: Final semester and completion of HADM 6375, Healthcare Strategic Management.