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.

 

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Core Curriculum

MBH 600

Health Systems, Informatics, & Leadership

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This course provides an overview of contemporary healthcare systems and organizations. Within this overview research, health policy, regulation, and law are examined from the perspective of how these factors shape healthcare 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 healthcare 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

Healthcare Policy

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

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 670

Healthcare Finance

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This course provides the basics of economic theory, market drivers and restraints, healthcare finance and reimbursement, cost/benefit analysis, and healthcare innovation.  The financial environment of healthcare and how it impacts healthcare delivery is examined.  The relationship between healthcare 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 Healthcare

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This course is an introduction to the laws and ethics that affect healthcare decisions, relationships among professionals and patients, and the management aspects of healthcare delivery. The goal of the course is to equip future healthcare executives with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize legal and ethical issues that arise in healthcare 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 healthcare 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

Elective Courses

MBH 656

CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATICS

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Consumer Health Informatics (CHI) is a rapidly-expanding area of informatics practice and focuses on the consumer use of electronic information to guide healthcare outcomes. This course will cover the implementation of strategies and technologies that improve patients, families and the community access to healthcare; CHI applications, health literacy and trends, opportunities and future challenges.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 657

REGULATORY, LEGAL & ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

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The utilization of health information technology in society has increased the need to ensure privacy and security of patient health information. This course will review regulatory, legal, and ethical philosophies of informatics in healthcare. Topics will include the history and standards of HIPAA; the impact on system implementation, management, and evaluation; and the role of the informaticist in the protection of the patient.

  • 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 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 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 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 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

STRATEGIC MARKETING FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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This course delivers marketing principles and skills related to developing marketing research, target marketing, branding, marketing strategies, marketing design, and measuring marketing effectiveness that culminate into the development of an original marketing plan.

  • 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

EDD 786

ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES & SUSTAINABILITY

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This course equips students with concepts and strategies necessary to analyze system performance, healthcare outcomes, and evaluate impact. Students will learn to make evidence-based recommendations for interventions based on the data. Students will develop skills to design a comprehensive plan for quality improvement and sustainability. 

  • Credits: 3.0