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Healthcare Administration

Master of Science Degree

Healthcare infrastructure and delivery methods are changing at dramatic pace due to healthcare reform. As a result, innovators are needed to develop and implement creative, compelling new visions for healthcare organizations while maintaining high levels of patient care. The Master of Science in Healthcare Innovation prepares you to design and test new processes, products and delivery models with the ultimate goal of creating positive transformation within a healthcare organization.

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Courses in the major include:

This course introduces students to 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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
The critical role that leaders face in dynamic and complex healthcare organizations is a focus in this course. Students will be exposed to knowledge, skills and behaviors that are critical to effectively leading positive outcomes for healthcare organizations. In this course, the development of multidisciplinary teams within the healthcare environment is examined. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.
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. Prerequisite: Cohort courses must be taken in order.

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