Courses & Curriculum
The Master of Science in Healthcare Management program is offered in a completely online format, making it an ideal choice for busy working professionals.
This course provides an introduction to the historical development of US health care, the current health systems that are in place, and potential future health care directions. Students will understand how the U.S. system is influenced by interest groups and how access to care is not equal. Macro-level payment systems will be introduced. The roles of patients/clients, health care providers, financing systems, employers, government, insurance providers, and social and cultural factors on health care will be explored.
This course provides an introduction for managers to the legal and ethical issues that impact the provision of client-centered care. The course will provide learners with an ethical framework for decision making, an understanding of the impact of regulations on implementation of client-centered care, and the tools and resources to analyze and address ethical and/or legal challenges. Learners will learn to recognize, prevent, and respond to legal/ethical challenges within their chosen care setting.
Topics presented in this course include an examination of analytical issues that surround long-term and short-term financing, financial ratio analysis, current asset management, capital budgeting, present value concepts, the cost of capital, mergers/acquisitions, and new ventures. Material related to for-profit, not-for- profit, and global environments is presented.
This course is about impacting the efficient operation of an organization by effectively managing its human resource. The most effective and successful organizations today find ways to motivate, train, compensate and challenge their employees. This is true for all organizations, whether they are manufacturing or service companies, large or small, profit or non-profit, domestic or international. Students will gain a contemporary understanding of managing operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. This course will examine organizational theory, strategic human resource management, theories of managerial decision-making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management in a postindustrial society.
The latest theories and practices of leading organizational change are explored in this course This course provides students with an overview of change theories and innovation practices. This course examines the roles managers play in implementing change, the challenges associated with managing planned and unplanned organizational change, and approaches to the implementation and anchoring of change. Students will study change interventions that drive organizational renewal while paying careful attention to ethical communication and communication management, employee care, positive work culture, and strategic alliances. Emphasis is on creating change- oriented cultures, and developing and implementing effective change processes. This course develops an individual’s ability to anticipate, innovate, and create lasting change.
This course focuses on models and practices of strategic marketing and management, including developing and implementing a strategy and evaluating performance to achieve strategic goals and objectives.
This course applies principles of quality improvement processes across stages of planning, development, implementation/execution, monitoring, and evaluation to the long term care and community-based environment. Students will learn how to develop, track, and report on quality improvement processes consistent with regulatory requirements within the long term care or community-based care setting
Long Term Care Track
This course provides the student with an introduction and overview of the multi-disciplinary field of gerontology including terminology, theoretical perspectives, research and demography, public policy, ageism, history of the study of aging, cross-cultural study of aging, end-of- life issues, spirituality, career exploration and professional ethics. Course investigations and projects will require students to explore personal value systems and perceptions of aging.
This course provides an overview of the federal regulations that apply to health facilities. The course focuses on reviewing regulations, and competence to write policies and procedures to maintain compliance. Students will develop skills to manage the survey and inspection processes, including the maintenance of staff training, quality monitoring, and quality improvement systems.
Home and Community Based Care Track
This course provides an overview of the development of integrated health systems (IHS) and how to manage them effectively. Students are introduced to financial, legal and leadership challenges in these systems. The course provides focus on population health, health policy, quality and value issues, access to care, ethical considerations, information systems, and workforce management.
This course provides an overview of the federal regulations that apply to community-based and home care organizations. The course focuses on reviewing regulations, and competence to write policies and procedures to maintain compliance. Students will develop skills to manage the survey and inspection processes, including the maintenance of staff training, quality monitoring, and quality improvement systems.
NOTE: There is some flexibility with the last three courses in the HCM program. All students are required to complete at least 5 credit hours of HCM 590 Internship (1 semester) and the 1 credit hour Capstone. Students who are pursuing the Administrator in Training (AIT) may require up to 5 additional credit hours of HCM 590, which may be taken in place of an elective. Some internship hours may be integrated within other portions of the curriculum; however, in some situations, students may require an additional semester to complete necessary internship requirements for AIT, which requires 1040 hours.
Examples of potential electives:
HSCI 525 — Health Policy and Advocacy
HSCI 690 — Interprofessionalism in Health Care
MPH 530 — Cultural Competency for Improving Public Health
MSM 552 — Management Communication Skills
GERO 582 — Environment and Aging
Effective administrators must be competent in all areas to be successful. To assess the overall development of students throughout the program, the capstone will require that a variety of knowledge and skills be applied to a real-world problem within the internship facility. Students will work collaboratively with the site supervisor to develop a project proposal that seeks to resolve or address an administrative challenge within the facility/organization. Students will combine knowledge from their course work, reference regulations and standards, and provide appropriate evaluation. This course is to be taken one time concurrently with HCM 590.
The internship is designed to provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills as a health care administrator in a long term care or community-based care setting. Students must provide their own transportation and meet all requirements of the organization for participation. Students may earn credit for more than one HCM 590 for up to a total of 10 credit hours.
A course addressing a specialized or contemporary area of health care management that is not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. The student may earn credit for more than one HCM 580 course if the content focus is different.
Please note: Curriculum subject to change.