Degree Specialization in Healthcare Administration

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Here you will gain the skills you need to manage healthcare facilities and departments.

Professionals in the healthcare field have to learn to deal with a unique set of challenges specific to that industry. Through this program, you will gain the critical analysis and leadership skills you need, not only to advance your healthcare career, but also to help you successfully operate a healthcare organization.

Through this program, you will gain an in-depth understanding of healthcare across the globe, examine relationships between quality of healthcare and the organization, and understand policies and processes surrounding healthcare administration and the strategic planning of healthcare administration.

COURSES IN THIS SPECIALIZATION

This program consists of four graduate online healthcare administration courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • HCM500 The U.S. Healthcare System
    This course provides an in-depth overview of the United States Healthcare System from both a micro and macro level with a special emphasis on the integration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. An introduction to the definitions, concepts about the system as well as current and future trends in healthcare delivery are considered. Topic areas include: history, organization of the system, operational characteristics, funding mechanisms and current regulatory activities.
  • HCM520 Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare
    This course is an in-depth examination of the relationships between healthcare quality and organizational performance and outcomes. Students are introduced to quality improvement and patient safety theories, models, methods, and tools that have an application in addressing the challenges and opportunities of improving the quality and safety of the new value-based healthcare system.
  • HCM542 Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations
    In this course, students examine forces and trends that impact healthcare organizations such as operations performance, scheduling, productivity, and supply chain, operational assessment, patient care flow, and related supportcare processes through process improvement. Students will use analytical techniques to assess performance data and to identify trends and issues to improve patient care outcomes.
  • HCM565 Healthcare Finance
    This course focuses on the application of key finance principles and concepts to healthcare organizations. The course enables students to learn how to develop, apply, and interpret various financial tools and concepts, including financial statements analysis, costs structure and allocation, dashboards, budgeting and variance analysis, sources of revenue and reimbursement, return on investment analysis, financial ratios, capital budgeting and investment decision making, and working capital management.
  • HCM570 Healthcare Information Systems
    This course is designed to introduce students to the core knowledge and skills needed to oversee the information technology and informatics in a healthcare environment. This includes how to identify and solve organizational problems affecting the design, implementation, and use of health information management systems and data throughout the enterprise. Students discuss the functions and interoperability of various systems including regulatory requirements, how to assure the confidentiality of patient information, and recent trends in the changing healthcare landscape.

*Students will choose between HCM565 and HCM570.

CORRESPONDING MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMS

A specialization in Healthcare Administration pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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