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MHA Course Descriptions


The program of study leading to the Master of Science of Health Administration is comprised of twelve 3-credit courses (36 credits), including 3 practicum credits.  The curriculum encompasses a wide range of disciplinary interests targeted to the current healthcare environment with managerial, financial, ethical, leadership, and current technological considerations including Lean Six Sigma methodology as the foundation for most courses in the program.  All courses are offered on an accelerated basis, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m., over an eight week period, meeting one night a week at the Mount's Frederick campus.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MHA 500: Contemporary Issues in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
The historical, current, and future organization and delivery of the United States health care system is studied. Concepts and applications of the system are explored as well as comparisons with international health care paradigms. Introduction to the structure and functions of the medical care delivery system are explored and include issues of health care utilization, manpower, delivery, values, cost, access, and quality of health care. Human dignity and the sanctity of life are discussed as challenges to the provision of health care and serve as a framework from which health care administrators constructively view their work.

MHA 501: Organizational Communications (3 credits)
Oral and written forms of communication are vital for the organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills for the health care administrator. The ability to organize and communicate thoughts in an effective, concise, and logical manner is of paramount importance in the rapidly changing health care environment.

MHA 502: Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
This course introduces health care administrators to the legal and ethical complexities in the delivery of health care services, including many that evolve from medical advances and scientific research. The perspectives of the Catholic church on human dignity and the sanctity of life are discussed and serve as challenges in the administration of health care services.

MHA 503: Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
Knowledge and skills in marketing lead to the effective design and execution of various tactics in the modern health care environment. Emphases include understanding the target market, market research analysis, the competitive landscape, and consumer behavior to plan and implement strategic marketing initiatives in the contemporary competitive health care industry and building an organizational environment that places all workers in a marketing role.

MHA 504: Contemporary Health Care Policy (3 credits)
Federal and state-level health care policies affect a wide range of issues, including access to care, quality, cost, and modes of delivery. The ethical implications of contemporary health care policies are explored. Emphasis is placed on how public policy influence manpower, values, needs, reimbursements and regulation of individuals, insurers, and medical and health care organizations.

MHA 505: Health Care Accounting and Financial Management (3 credits)
Concepts of managerial accounting, finance, and budgeting are essential for health care administrators. This course prepares the administrator to understand transactions, financial statements, operating and capital budgets, cost-benefit analyses, resource allocations, activity-based costing, and cost control mechanisms. (Prerequisite required)*

MHA 506: Economics for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
The course examines the rudiments of micro and macroeconomics for managers, including the concepts of scarcity, opportunity costs, resource allocation, market processes, cost-benefit analysis, competitive environments, and the use of data analysis in management decision-making applied to the health care sector. Effectiveness and efficiency of institutional, governmental, and health care organizations are examined from the economic point of view.  (Prerequisite required)*

MHA 507: Health Care Information Systems (3 credits)
Information management systems create a foundation for the integration between clinical and administrative management in today’s health care system. This course provides operational tools for the health care administrator to organize, manage, design, develop, and operate secure health care technology.

MHA 508: Leadership Assessment and Development (3 credits)
This course provides an overview and analysis of past and contemporary leadership strategies. Leadership skills are developed through organizational efficiencies and appropriate oral and written communications techniques. Leaders must demonstrate the importance of resolving issues in the health care organization, the community-at-large, and the whole of society. (prerequisites: MHA 500, 502,505, and 506)

MHA 509: Health Care Strategic Management (3 credits)
Strategic planning for the health care administrator requires the ability to evaluate the interplay and differences between various health care markets to formulate competitive advantages. Strategic planning processes require the administrator to understand their organization’s external environment, assess its internal strengths and weaknesses, and to formulate policies to gain a competitive advantage. A case approach utilizing Lean Six Sigma technology defines the pedagogy of this course. (prerequisite: 24 credits)

MHA 510: Health Care Operations (3 credits)
This course is comprised of special topics in health care administration and delivered by practitioners. Topics include quality measurements, management of human resources, vendor relationships, and emerging industry trends. Processes including the efficiency of patient flow, data transfer, and patient outcomes are examined utilizing Lean Six Sigma technology. (prerequisite: 24 credits)

MHA 511: Health Care Field Practicum (3 credits)
This course is an independent research project. The student’s topic must be preapproved by the Program Director. The independent research project includes five days of practicum experience either within or outside the student’s own organization. (prerequisite: 24 credits)

 
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