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Curriculum

Master of Healthcare Administration

Curriculum

The 40 unit MHA curriculum is designed using the competencies developed by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA). Courses are seven weeks in length, taken one course at a time offered over spring, summer, and fall semesters.

  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • 40 Units
  • MHA 500: Professional Development Workshop (course taken 4 times @ .25 units)
  • 1

This course focuses on professional development within the healthcare industry, equipping students with tools to develop professionally, including: networking, interviewing, resume building, and project management. The course may be repeated 4 times. Offered as a Pass/No Pass course.

  • MHA 501: Healthcare Organizational Management
  • 3

This course provides an introduction and overview of healthcare administration in the United States health service system. Governance and management of organizational structures are explored, and the functions, roles, and relationships of the various components are analyzed. Students will examine operational concepts related to delivering quality, consistent, and cost-effective services across the healthcare system.

  • MHA 502: Healthcare Communication
  • 3

This course examines communication theory and research in order to understand important communication processes reflected and addressed in healthcare organizations. This course prepares students with the necessary skills and behaviors required to effectively communicate with patients, co-workers, employees, society and outside organizations in the healthcare field.

  • MHA 503: Healthcare Economics and Policy
  • 3

Provides a framework for the economic analysis of healthcare issues, and an overview of health policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation in the United States. Examines current health policies and the key factors that impact them, including: political, social, economic, and institutional environments. Focuses on the application of economic principles to current problems in the healthcare industry.

  • MHA 506: Healthcare Law
  • 3

This course will offer a current and historical overview of the legal oversight and regulation of healthcare delivery in the U.S. as it examines principles and practical applications of the laws that affect the operational decisions of healthcare providers, payers, and managers, as well as how that impacts development of markets for healthcare products and services. The social, moral, and ethical issues encountered in trying to balance the interests, needs, and rights of individuals against those of the larger society will also be examines.

  • MHA 512: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing
  • 3

This course will introduce strategic planning and marketing as they apply to healthcare organizations through the development of practical skills in strategic management such as internal and external environmental assessment, competitor analysis, and methods for evaluating strategic alternatives that can be used in different types of health care settings.

  • MHA 514: Healthcare Quality Assurance
  • 3

This course will examine methods and tools for managing quality in health facilities, physician practices, managed care, and public health organizations including developments in quality assurance and improvement, utilization review, risk management, and patient satisfaction.

  • MHA 515: Information Systems in Health Services
  • 3

With a focus on the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, this course will provide students with tools to facilitate effective gathering and analysis for implementation through the support of health informatics and data analytics initiatives. Students will learn the potential benefits of various informatics initiatives (e.g., electronic health records, laboratory reporting, patient portals) and implementation challenges for different types of organizations (e.g., hospitals, physician practices, health departments) and the management and use of institutional-specific and national-derived data.

  • MHA 516: Human Resources Management
  • 3

This course will emphasize the concepts of human resources management through understanding and identifying the importance of human resources in health organizations, establishing the need for relating organizational strategic planning to human resource planning, examining the role of organizational culture to the understanding of behavior and productivity, and the legal environment pertaining to employment law.

  • MHA 525: Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • 3

The course will focus on financial management and analysis of healthcare organizations including financial management concepts, capital acquisition, cost of capital and capital structure, capital allocation, working capital management, forecasting, control systems, capital budgeting, and institutional financing.

  • MHA 571: Leadership I
  • 3

This course focuses on leadership theory and project management, and their application to health service organizations. The foundation and principles of lean leadership are emphasized, and tools for improved self-understanding of personal leadership styles and their impact on organizational functionality will be introduced.

  • MHA 573: Vocation and Ethics in Healthcare Management
  • 3

Examines ethical issues related to professional practice and leadership through the lens of relevant Christian doctrine (such as vocation and two kingdoms), classical moral philosophy, and contemporary ethical theory. Prepares students to analyze and respond to ethical questions faced by healthcare managers at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. Relevant professional codes of ethics will be consulted and analyzed.

  • MHA 588: Long-Term Care Administration
  • 3

This course will review the care provided to senior citizens within a variety of institutional settings (hospitals, nursing facilities, various senior housing levels, etc.) as well as outpatient and home care services, Special attention will be given to nursing homes and senior housing options and their past, present, and future roles within the overall health care system in the U.S.

  • MHA 601: Capstone Practicum in Health Service Management
  • 3

This culminating course offers an integrative learning experience for MHA students. Students will complete a capstone project that requires them to integrate theoretical knowledge and conceptual skills acquired through their coursework and other related experiences, with current literature, as they demonstrate application to the field. Upon completion of the written project, students will orally present their capstone in class. In addition to the capstone project, students will be required to develop an e-portfolio that includes reflective exercises and captures volunteer work. Graduation Application Fee: $185.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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