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Master of Arts in Leadership
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
The Master of Healthcare Administration program is designed to develop a specific set of competencies deemed critical for contributing to the viablity and success of organizations within the healthcare industry. The competencies are reflective of knowledge and skills identified by the Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA) as desirable for ensuring quality healthcare delivery within a changing and dynamic industry.
- 3 credit hour capstone research project
- Adult active-learner model
- Complete 8-12 hours per week outside of classroom in course-related activities
- Available entirely online
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MHA 602 Health Information Technology and Administration
This course examines the integration and application of health information technology (HIT) for improved organizational and patient outcomes. The course focuses on current changes for State and Federal mandates for HIT, leadership and administration of HIT, as well as specific HIT applications for individual healthcare organizations and patient care modalities.
MHA 648 Leadership and Team Development in Healthcare
The critical role that leaders face in dynamic and complex healthcare organizations is a focus in this course. The knowledge, skills and behaviors that are critical to effectively leading positive outcomes for healthcare organizations are explored. In this course, the development of multidisciplinary teams within the healthcare environment is examined.
MHA 606 Applied Data Management
This course examines descriptive and inferential statistical methods used for practical applications in healthcare administration. The course presents a variety of statistical methods, along with their intended applications, and introduces the use of metrics for process improvement and evidence-based decision making.
MHA 624 Legal, Ethical, and Compliance Issues
This course examines the multitude of laws, legal entities and compliance issues associated with administration within healthcare organizations. The complexity of ethical issues, both administrative and biomedical, is discussed in various applied medical settings.
MHA 626 Organizational Design and Delivery Systems
This course provides students with a foundational view of healthcare delivery systems in the United States. Students discuss the formal structure of healthcare organizations and how costs, access and quality impact the delivery of care. Emphasis is placed on healthcare as a system of care delivery.
MHA 631 Quality Management
A general systems perspective and introduction to the administrative skills necessary to integrate quality management strategies are explored in this course. The course examines best-practice research and practical methods for assisting organizations with responding to healthcare quality challenges.
MHA 661 Healthcare Finance
An introduction to healthcare finance, including management control processes, financial statement analysis, ratio analysis, variance analysis, and capital structure is the focus of this course. A foundational background of the economics of today's healthcare environment is examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the MHA program.
MHA 673 Strategic Management for Healthcare Organizations
The application of strategic management principles for leading healthcare organizations is the focus of this course. Emphasis is placed on aligning resources with strategic organizational outcomes. Students will conduct an internal and external analysis of their healthcare organization in order to make recommendations regarding its competitive position and opportunity for improved performance.
MHA 671 Operations Management
This foundational course is about finding the best processes and systems for the management of complex healthcare organizations. Operational planning issues include process design, systems theory, project management, facilities and supply-chain management, and health information systems throughout multi-level administrative positions.
MHA 611 Research Methods for Healthcare Administrators
Healthcare administrators are frequently required to evaluate and apply evidence-based research on various healthcare topics. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, it introduces the principles of healthcare administration and evidence-based research. Second, it provides the context in which to apply this knowledge through the development of a research project proposal. This proposal may or may not be carried out in MHA 691 Capstone Project.
MHA 676 Human Resource Management
An overview of human resource management practices in healthcare organizations are provided in this course. The course examines how changing work force demographics, work design, emerging technologies, and employment law and regulations impact the role of healthcare administrators.
MHA 691 Capstone Project
This is the culminating experience of the MHA program. The capstone project provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate application of learning to a practical, real-life issue within their respective healthcare organizations. Capstone projects will consist of a project proposal, implementation and review of results. Final capstone project presentations will be evaluated by the faculty member and representative(s) from the organization. Prerequisite: Completion of 27 hours in the MHA program and MHA 611. (the grading structure for MHA 691 will be a Pass/No Pass)
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