Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Courses

The program requires a minimum of 42 credit hours. All students in the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare program are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

 

Core Curriculum

MBH 600

Health Systems, Informatics, & Leadership

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This course provides an overview of contemporary health care systems and organizations. Within this overview research, health policy, regulation, and law are examined from the perspective of how these factors shape health care organizations.  Available technology to interpret and organize health data is investigated in relation to health system productivity.  This course synthesizes leadership and systems theory into understanding the health care industry and program development to become a leader in patient-centered care and positive health outcomes. 

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 620

Accounting for Decision Making

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This course introduces the student to the financial reporting environment, financial statements, and analysis and interpretation. The course begins by viewing the financial accounting system as a language, and familiarizes students with the structure, usage, conventions, and the grammar of accounting as a business language. Examination of financial statements such as the Income Statement, the Balance Sheet, and the Statement of Cash Flows are how they are inter-related.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 630

Healthcare Economics

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This course will enable learners to apply the tools of economics, finance and strategy to address challenges faced by healthcare providers.  Strategies for payers, manufacturers, and providers will be examined.  Topics will include the role of economics, cost effectiveness, market analysis, and financial projecting.  Case studies and current events will be integrated throughout to encourage discussions about healthcare economics and finance.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 660

Health Care Policy

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This course provides the foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence health care policy decisions.  The relationship between health policy, social justice, and the business of healthcare nursing practice will be explored.  Students will examine current health care policy and factors which influence policy development.  The importance of individual contribution to the health care policy making process will be investigated.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 670

Health Care Finance

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This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, health care finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis, and health care innovation.  The financial environment of health care and how it impacts health care delivery is examined.  The relationship between health care economics, health policy, program development, and clinical practice is explored.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 675

Managerial Statistics

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This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to understand and interpret biostatistical methods needed in the design and analysis of biomedical and public health investigations. The major topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distributions, inferences (point estimates and confidence intervals), hypotheses testing (one-sample tests, two-sample tests), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), as well as simple linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The course emphasizes the application of statistical concepts to analyze research for best available evidence to support quality practice decisions. The course also provides students with hands-on experience in using statistical software (SPSS) to assist in making effective decisions.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 680

Business Law & Ethics in Health Care

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This course is an introduction to the laws and ethics that affect health care decisions, relationships among professionals and patients, and the management aspects of health care delivery. The goal of the course is to equip future health care executives with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize legal and ethical issues that arise in health care practice, to be prepared to evaluate situations that may have legal or ethical implications, to know when to seek legal or ethics committee counsel, and to have an understanding of the implications of health care law on their own decision making.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 685

Strategic Management in Healthcare

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To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets-traditional and emerging. The way in which organizational leaders attempt to develop a competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This course introduces the concept of strategic management through readings, discussion and case analyses.   The emphasis is on the development and successful execution of management strategies in different healthcare settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

Healthcare Administration Track

MBH 681

HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES

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This course provides an overview of the structure, management, financing and regulation of healthcare delivery systems in the United States. A wide range of principles and topics are discussed, including managed care techniques, reimbursement systems and the role of government in healthcare delivery, policy and system reform.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 655

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE

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This course emphasizes the role of information systems in healthcare organizations and how information is used to improve healthcare processes, organizational performance, project management, and business strategy. Fundamental principles of data storage, processing, management, and reporting of health information will be discussed, as will the selection, implementation and evaluation of IT systems. Case topics will scan a broad range of contemporary issues including clinical decision support, telemedicine, disease surveillance and public health, research applications, and legal and ethical issues related to information technology.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 682

QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE

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This course introduces healthcare administrators to principles and processes of quality management and performance improvement in healthcare. Effectiveness standards, risk management, best practices, benchmarking, and other concepts related to quality improvement and quality outcomes will be discussed. Current issues, datasets, evaluation tools, and the roles of quality monitoring agencies will also be studied.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 684

HEALTHCARE MARKETING

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This course delivers an understanding of marketing principles and their roles in linking with healthcare business systems to deliver value. Topics covered include target marketing, branding, product development, competitive assessment and strategic development of marketing plans.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 686

HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT

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This course focuses on the foundational concepts of leadership, workplace behavior and ethics and organizational management in healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of principles and processes of organizational theory for improved communication, fostering corporate culture and strategic decision-making. Attention will be placed on the assessment and application of managerial best practices while strategically planning for performance excellence within a complex healthcare organization.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 700

CAPSTONE

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Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College. During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that he/she can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program.

  • Credits: 3.0

Education Track

MBH 662

Educational Theories and Methodology

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This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in healthcare education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored. Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included.  Students will examine the strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate applications of a variety of methods to different adult education environments.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 664

Design and Development of Curricular Programs

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This course focuses on curriculum/program development for healthcare education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.  Instructional design models, implementation planning, student assessment methods, analysis of effectiveness and continuous improvement are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 667

Outcomes Assessment

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This course focuses on the models and tools necessary to assess student learning outcomes (SLO). In addition, an exploration of how to incorporate SLO data with program effectiveness assessment data in the creation of a program systematic evaluation plans (SEP).  By examining the elements of effective learner, assessment within an education program and the clinical setting will provide a foundation for making necessary adjustments in curriculum. Fundamental principles of assessment are discussed as well as various authentic assessment methods.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 668

Issues and Trends in Higher Education

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This course examines a brief history of higher education as a means to place contemporary issues and trends in a broader context. Topics will include trends in online education, competency-based programs, credit for prior learning, and the "business" of education. This course will require students to engage in debates on the current state of education both in the United States and in a broader global community.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 669

Academic Administration

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This course provides a critical study of organizational procedures and administrative practices as related to the implementation and maintenance of an effective education programs.  Students will develop strategies for successfully managing an academic program, department or division by evaluating effective program polices. Compare and contrast the requirements of national, regional, programmatic and government regulatory agencies critical in academic leadership (regional and program accreditation, DOE, and federal financial aid regulations). In addition, topics unique to academic administration such as academic governance and faculty management (e.g., teaching loads, scheduling, rank and promotion) are addressed.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 700

CAPSTONE

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Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College. During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that he/she can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program.

  • Credits: 3.0

Informatics Track

MBH 655

INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE

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This course emphasizes the role of information systems in healthcare organizations and how information is used to improve healthcare processes, organizational performance, project management, and business strategy. Fundamental principles of data storage, processing, management, and reporting of health information will be discussed, as will the selection, implementation and evaluation of IT systems. Case topics will scan a broad range of contemporary issues including clinical decision support, telemedicine, disease surveillance and public health, research applications, and legal and ethical issues related to information technology.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 656

THE BUSINESS OF CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS

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Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a growing field that lies at the intersection of patient self-care and information technology. The implications for CHI-catalyzed improvement of healthcare and reduction of costs at a national level will be examined. Focus will be placed on the role of the business leader in analyzing CHI tools, evaluating the impact of CHI on healthcare services and patient/provider relationships, and addressing business challenges and opportunities in CHI applications.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 657

HEALTH IT LEGAL & ETHICAL ISSUES FOR THE BUSINESS LEADER

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The use of health information technology can improve patient care and cost effectiveness, but requires extremely careful consideration of a complex set of regulations and risks. In this course, students will gain an understanding of legal, ethical, and regulatory issues related to the storage and use of health information. Topics covered will include protecting patient confidentiality, HIPAA regulations, the legal medical record, privacy and security concepts and technologies, and vulnerability assessment. Discussion and case studies will emphasize managerial decision-making in contemporary, real-world scenarios.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 658

HEALTHCARE IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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Project management expertise is essential for the effective management of projects that successfully meet their objectives, delivered on time and within budget. This course combines project management principles with healthcare IT tools to improve the student's ability to provide strategic leadership, manage teams, focus resources, and generate impactful results with the greatest potential cost savings to improve the quality of care in the healthcare setting.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 659

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND APPLIED HEALTHCARE ANALYTICS

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This course combines computer-based methods to analyze health data with the tools used by healthcare leaders to retrieve, report and present data as part of an informed decision-making process. Topics covered include data warehousing, data mining, data visualization, and technology architecture. Case studies will help prepare students for delivering managerial presentations of their analysis and findings.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 700

CAPSTONE

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Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College. During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that he/she can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program.

  • Credits: 3.0

Quality Improvement & Outcomes Management Track

MBH 682

QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE

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This course introduces healthcare administrators to principles and processes of quality management and performance improvement in healthcare. Effectiveness standards, risk management, best practices, benchmarking, and other concepts related to quality improvement and quality outcomes will be discussed. Current issues, datasets, evaluation tools, and the roles of quality monitoring agencies will also be studied.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 671

INTRODUCTION TO SIX SIGMA QUALITY MANAGEMENT

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This course will provide an understanding of design and implementation of quality improvement systems. The Six Sigma methodology is a systematic application that focuses on achieving financial gains and increasing customer satisfaction. Emphasis is placed on the DMAIC problem solving process, which is designed to improve effectiveness. When this process is properly applied significant defects, process waste, and out-of-control processes lead to business gains. Beginning with the define phase of the DMAIC process voice of the customer is analyzed. Process effectiveness will be analyzed to identify root causes of process inefficiencies, elimination of these inefficiencies and developing process improvement practices in the healthcare industry. Basic Lean Six Sigma metrics will also be presented.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 672

UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF THE DMAIC PROCESS – PART I

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Six Sigma is a data-driven approach and by using the DMAIC problem-solving process individuals are provided a systematic methodology for solving problems within organizations. This course focuses on the first two phases of this problem-solving process. The define phase is the identification of a process problem. Defining a problem begins with a process exploration using tools such as Process Flowcharts, Stakeholder Analysis, and by gathering Voice of the Customer data. The next step in the problem-solving process is the measure phase. During this phase a process is measured to determine current performance and to quantify the problem. Tools such as Process Flowchart, Benchmarking, Measurement System Analysis, and value stream mapping can be utilized.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 673

UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF THE DMAIC PROCESS – PART II

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This course focuses on the last three phases of the DMAIC problem-solving process. The analyze phase is utilized to determine root causes of variation and poor performance (defects). During this phase tools such histograms, Pareto charts, scatter plot, and regression analysis are utilized to provide visual representation to assist in the identification of defects. The focus of the improve phase is to improve process performance by addressing and eliminating root cause through the use of tools such as brainstorming, mistake proofing, and Pugh Matrix. Finally in the control phase the improved process and future process performance is monitored using process sigma calculation, control charts, cost saving calculations or control plans to ensure ongoing success.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 674

LEAN SIX SIGMA IN HEALTHCARE

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The central focus of Lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing waste within an organization. This course explores lean principles such as specify value, value stream and flow. Understanding value is a critical competency in a Lean culture. By targeting waste a Lean culture is able to focus on key processes in an effort to increase value. The benefit of a Lean culture is that these principles are adaptable to any industry and applicable to every process. Finally, exploration into Lean sustainability is analyzed following the successful adoption of Lean within an organization.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 700

CAPSTONE

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Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College. During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that he/she can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program.

  • Credits: 3.0