MSM in Healthcare Administration - Curriculum

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Prepare for Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

The MSM in Healthcare Administration curriculum will prepare you to transition into and excel in leadership roles in the healthcare industry. The MSM in Healthcare Administration courses combine management with healthcare related topics to give students essential and specific skills in the field.

Management Core Courses

CSR-610: Business Ethics and Culture
Business Ethics and Culture explores the main concepts and theories in the business ethics field and provides students with decision-making frameworks and practical tools. It aims to develop the capacity of students to critically engage with issues of human rights, environmentalism and sustainable development, consumerism, and the role that corporations play in politics, and places these within different philosophical and cultural perspectives.
MGT-700: Critical Issues in Management Capstone
The Capstone Project engages students on a project of significant importance that is a current problem or initiative for a health care organization. This capstone course serves as a vehicle for the student to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the best practices in management of organizations. Working as part of a small team (similar to the executive teams that manage health care organizations), you are responsible for all aspects of the project, including: diagnosing the critical challenge, defining an appropriate scope of work, managing institutional expectations, producing an appropriate recommendation to meet the challenge, and presenting the project to the course room mentor. Completion of MSM core curriculum at GPA 3.0 or better
Prerequisites:
Senior standing (33 credits or more)
MKT-668: Services Marketing
The world's economy is undergoing substantial change. Globally, many manufactured products have service components. Domestically, a shift in emphasis from a base in manufactured goods to an economy based in services is in progress. Whether a firm is marketing manufactured goods, services, or a combination, services marketing can provide a competitive advantage. Therefore, understanding the service aspect of business is a requirement for every marketer, in every company, in every industry. This course presents concepts, theories, models and measurements of services marketing using current literature in the field, cases and experiential opportunities. It stresses the global perspective and covers both B2B and consumer services.
Prerequisites:
MKT-500
OL-500: Human Behavior in Organizations
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
QSO-640: Project Management
This course includes the study of concepts, tools, and practices of project management. The course adopts a managerial process approach to Project Management, which consists of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project. Major topics will include project scope, project time, project cost, project quality, project risk, project resources, project communications and how to be an effective project manager. Cases are utilized to integrate the learning in the course and provide decision- making experience for the student.
Prerequisites:
MBA-501

*You may be required to take MBA-501 as a prerequisite to QSO-640.

Specialty Courses

HCM-500: Healthcare Informatics
Students will learn the history and current state of healthcare and how the industry uses information systems. Throughout the course students will discuss types of information systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), laboratory and radiology systems and more. Students will also study trends in new practices, such as telemedicine and home healthcare, and how they function in various healthcare settings. Finally, students will explore how these and other industry trends, with the use of technology, can improve patient care.
IHP-504: Healthcare Policy and Financing
Developed for the health care administrator and providers, this course prepares students with a full understanding of financial planning, control measures and financial management to effectively examine and address the complex financial challenges within the healthcare sector. Analysis and identification of healthcare financial trends, finance sources and reimbursement models will be addressed.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program
IHP-505: Leadership in Clinical Microsystems and Process
This course covers clinical microsystem concepts, tools, techniques, and processes within the context of a clinical or supporting microsystem. This course will use current theories to approach issues related to the redesign of healthcare services to improve quality, add value, reduce variation and improve morale, by empowering frontline caregivers. This course builds upon the Dartmouth Hitchcock Microsystem Improvement Curriculum and the QSEN Graduate Nursing Competencies.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program
IHP-605: Error Science, Risk Assess & Disclosure
This course focuses on error theory and systems thinking as well as methods for risk assessment and safety improvement, including high-risk contexts for error occurrence. Students will be introduced to what is currently known about effective methods for error disclosure. Students will develop proficiency with patient safety risk assessment and improvement methods, principles of safe system design, apology and related patient safety priorities. The course includes a discussion of the legal issues prevalent in the current health care environment.
IHP-610: Health Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulation
Students in this course examine the role of health care policy and legal, regulatory, and quality control in ethical decision making in professional healthcare practice. Students explore concepts and principles of healthcare policy, legal control, ethical conduct, and regulatory environments and their application to the healthcare environment through the lens of the professional discipline. Students evaluate the impact of health care policy and multicultural, socioeconomic, political, legal, and regulatory factors on health care access disparities and examine ways to articulate the needs of individuals, communities, and vulnerable populations to consumers and appropriate officials. Students also focus on the importance of cultural competence and ethical decision making within healthcare delivery systems.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program

Select Two of the Following:

CSR-510: Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility
Businesses are increasingly integrating corporate social responsibility strategies into every functional domain. Financial, social, ethical and environmental issues are all part of a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility management. This course focuses on strategic CSR, defined as corporate strategy that is integrated with core business objectives and competencies to create positive social change and business value. Students will leave this class armed with a tool set of best strategic practices and the skills to analyze, develop, and make recommendations for implementing strategic CSR in their own companies and industries.
HCM-525: Inferential Statistics
This course covers descriptive and inferential statistics needed by practitioners and healthcare administrators for evidence-based decision-making. This course focuses on the understanding and application of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, appropriate interpretation of statistical results, and real-world presentation of data. Particular emphasis is on data processing, data analysis, appropriate use and interpretation of statistical tests, drawing conclusions from data, validity of conclusions, reporting results, discussion of results, and critiquing research.
HCM-600: Social & Organizational Issues in Healthcare
Students will learn the social, ethical and organizational challenges healthcare workers at all levels face with the incorporation of technology into the healthcare setting. Students will study change management strategies, current in the Healthcare Industry, including the impact of introducing or enhancing clinical information systems, while providing quality care, and the effect of these systems on patients and on interdisciplinary teams within the healthcare setting.
IHP-501: Global Health and Diversity
Global Health and Diversity is a problem-based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a national and global perspective, and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of individuals, populations, and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to allow the practitioner to design interventions that promote health and behavior change in the individual client within the community setting. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy, and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in MSN program
MKT-660: Marketing Strategies for Not-For-Profit Organizations
Students in this course apply marketing concepts and practices to not-for-profit organizations. This course also explores sources of financial support and strategies for their development.
Prerequisites:
MKT-500
MKT-690: Corporate Communications
This course provides students with an understanding of contemporary issues facing corporations, including consumerism, environmentalism and globalism, and the role of public relations in helping an organization thrive in its environment. The four-part public relations process of research and fact-finding, planning and programming, implementing and communicating and evaluating is reviewed.
QSO-610: Management of Service Operations
This course is intended to help students prepare for management opportunities in service firms that represent the fastest-growing sector of the economy. The material focuses on the role and nature of service operations, and the relationship of operations to other business functions. The students will develop skills and learn techniques for effective management of service operations.
Prerequisites:
QSO-510
WCM-610: Intro Org Conflict Management
This survey course introduces the analysis, interpretation, and management of conflict in contemporary organizational settings. Using interdisciplinary lenses, the course explores systemic, interpersonal, and other causes of conflict; conflict's influence on workplace communication and decision-making; and the relationship between conflict, leadership, and career advancement.

OL ELE - Students may select one 600-level Organizational Leadership elective
PAD ELE - Students may select one 600-level Public Administration elective
PSY ELE - Students may select one 600-level Psychology elective

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