Healthcare Management Degree Online - Curriculum

Online Degree in Healthcare Management Curriculum - Real-World Applications

SNHU's practical and relevant Healthcare Management curriculum will show you how to apply what you learn to real-world healthcare delivery situations. The curriculum includes extensive study (33 credits) of healthcare management topics - from healthcare delivery systems to quality management and healthcare reimbursement systems to healthcare informatics.

Additional courses in business studies (24 credits) give you an understanding of how business practices can apply to healthcare management. While other programs add a few healthcare management courses to a business degree, the focus of the online Healthcare Management degree at SNHU is healthcare delivery systems and how to improve the efficiency and quality of care.

At SNHU, you can earn your Healthcare Management degree online. Or elect your General Education courses in a face-to-face format while taking your major courses online. Our 24/7 virtual campus lets you complete course work and interact with other students in your program whenever your schedule allows.

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

General Education program: 45 credits

BIO-210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Discussion/comparison of the principles of mammalian form and function. Includes molecular and cellular mechanisms of major processes (such as muscle contraction, neural transmission, and signal transduction) and examines the structure and function of the 11 organ systems of the human body. Laboratory exercises (BIO-210L) to follow lecture topics.
IHP-340: Statistics for Healthcare Professionals
This course explores the basic statistical concepts of inference, variability, and statistical significance. Statistical methods used to describe data, quantify relationships and to test for differences between means will be studied. Parametric statistics will be the main focus but some common nonparametric tests will be introduced. The course will focus on the interpretation of published research findings.

Healthcare Management (BS) Online Major Courses

HCM-205: Medical Terminology
This course provides students with the ability to communicate in a professional, effective manner in a variety of healthcare settings. Through a realistic approach, students learn the rules for building and defining medical terms, the correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms, and the application of medical terminology as it relates to each body system. The course introduces various types of medical records and reports, and provides the skills to read and interpret them. A variety of activities guide the student in the application of medical terminology as it relates to the clinical world.
HCM-210: Health Promotion
Health Promotion 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 look at issues to change health behaviors. Healthy People 2020 and the national health agenda will be explored. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
HCM-215: Coding & Classification Systems
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic ability to identify nomenclatures and classification systems as well as assign codes using the appropriate principles, guidelines and conventions and apply ICD-9-DN and ICD conventions rules and guidelines.
HCM-220: Healthcare Data Management
This course examines the design and the use of medical databases. Students will learn how to implement business rules and data modeling to develop medical information management systems. The course further explores database applications for decision support including evidence-based practice, alerts, allergy management, and identification of gaps in care. Students will design databases and systems that reflect privacy and security requirements of HIPAA and HITECH Act.
HCM-330: Principles of Epidemiology
This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Topics include specific tools of epidemiology used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. These include identification of disease, measures of incidence and prevalence, study designs, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical interaction, causal inference, and survival analysis. Methods for managing the health of populations using an understanding of the factors that influence population health are discussed. Strategies that health care organizations and systems can use to control these factors are also considered.
HCM-340: Healthcare Delivery Systems
This course provides an overview of the nature, organization, and function of the continuum of health services found in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the interrelation of cultural, economic, political and social aspects of health care delivery at the federal, state and local level. Topics include health care costs, accessibility of services, governmental influence on health care delivery, private industry role in health care, services for the medically indigent and elderly, ethical issues regarding transplants, reproductive technology, end of life decisions and funding.
HCM-345: Healthcare Reimbursement
This course explores some of the major issues facing the healthcare industry and the effect that public policy and business environment has on a healthcare organization. Emphasis is on supply and demand theory, reimbursement systems, managed care, charge-master management, Case-mix management, DRG prospective payment, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, governmental regulations, accessibility, eligibility, budgeting, and planning. Students learn to use informational and research tools to make effective management decisions.
HCM-420: Ethical and Legal Considerations of Healthcare
Students in this course will examine the philosophical and theoretical foundations of ethics for its application to healthcare administrators and development of an ethical and legal community. Students will examine their own values, societal morality, U.S. legal system, U.S. legislative system, and ethical core as it relates to ethical leadership in the ever-changing healthcare landscape where innovation and technology change daily. Students will review key healthcare laws. Students will demonstrate the principles of ethical leadership in discussions and in collaboration with peers in the course room.
HCM-430: Healthcare Quality Management
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the management of operations and explore how healthcare organizations can use advance methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on analyzing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of healthcare delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving continuing quality improvement in healthcare delivery will be presented.
HCM-480: Healthcare Management Capstone
The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. This course builds on the concepts of all courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course work in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in health care administration.
QSO-340: Project Management
As modern organizations have become more complex, they have also become more project-driven. This course uses a basic project management framework in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling the project. You will learn the methodologies and tools necessary at each stage for managing the projects effectively in terms of time, cost, quality, risk and resources.

Free Elective Credits: 18

Total Credits: 120

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