The MBA faculty approved changes to the MBA curriculum, starting in summer 2019. All incoming MBA students (including those who will specialized in Healthcare Administration) will register for the Business Frameworks courses in the summer and will need to be on campus for class, starting Monday, August 5, 2019.
The chart below reflects proposed changes regarding the order of delivery for the Healthcare Administration courses. Final approval of the proposed order of courses is expected by late November 2018.
The course provides students with excel skills necessary for manipulating, sharing, and presenting data to support business decision making, which is expected of all business graduate students. The first half of the course is delivered online, prior to the students' arrival on campus.
Students examine accounting's role in the information flow of an organization while focusing on measurement of decision-making and performance. Topics include budgeting, variance analysis, direct costing, profit centers, investment centers, transfer pricing, and ethics. Participants learn to effectively use accounting information in their decision-making process.
Examines principles and strategies of effective management communication in the areas of audience analysis, ethics, cross-culture, crisis, and interpersonal communication. Provides techniques, skills, and strategies for overcoming communication barriers and for designing and delivering executive presentations. Examines corporate and leadership communication topics including communicating change, corporate responsibility, integrity and image, communicating with the media, principle- centered leadership, and web-based communication, with ample opportunities for application and feedback.
A study of the managerial process and human behavior in organizations. This course blends classical management approaches and modern organizational behavior and theory concepts to provide a foundation for successful managerial practice.
Role of marketing decision making in achieving corporate objectives; planning and implementing the marketing program; product research and development, distribution problems, promotional strategies, and pricing analysis. Attention will be given to the new marketing application of quantitative methods and the behavioral sciences.
A survey of the United States healthcare system, designed for MBA students pursuing careers in healthcare administration. Students will gain a basic understanding of the various healthcare models in the United States, their organization financing, executive management, and oversight. They will also be challenged by leading healthcare executives in a series of seminars that focus on current issues in the healthcare industry.
Executive Leadership in Healthcare Administration I
A seminar designed to cover aspects of micro theory that are relevant for decision making within the firm. Emphasis is placed on the decision-making process. Numerous problems, cases, and examples are used to illustrate the theory.
A study of how firms create value for stockholders through long-term financial decisions, principally asset acquisition/divestiture decisions and debt/equity funding decisions. Specific topics include economic profit and cash flow, the time value of money, risk and return, options, agency, efficient markets, capital budgeting decision criteria, capital structure theory, and dividend policy theory.
A case problem and discussion seminar focusing on developing and sustaining a competitive advantage in the corporate sector. Concepts and theories that are explored include the resource theory of strategy, transactions costs, value chain analysis, dynamic approaches to the analysis of competition, core competencies, and transactional approaches to global advantage. Both individual and group projects are emphasized.
Examines various tools, techniques, and concepts that are linked with successful operations practices in today’s firms. Manufacturing resource planning, just-in-time concepts, and synchronous manufacturing philosophies for the firm are emphasized. In addition, the critical role of quality assurance for firms in both manufacturing and service industries is evaluated. Experiential and computer-based simulation exercises are employed to sharpen students’ abilities to identify and solve problems. Sharpens students’ abilities to identify and solve problems.
Future information systems leaders focus on understanding the issues involved in managing the systems development process in organizations, the growth and assimilation of technologies, the personnel involved in the IS function, and the relationship of IS with the rest of the organization. Includes in-depth analysis of the current issues in the field of information systems.
Application of economic principles to health care issues; examining economic efficiency in a variety of circumstances including the production and distribution of health services, health insurance, governmental programs, health care personnel and hospitals. Analysis of public in health and medical care from an economic perspective.
Executive Leadership in Healthcare Administration II
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 and 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.
This course extends financial principles to healthcare markets, including accounting statements for healthcare institutions as sources of information, and analysis of third party payment systems as sources of funds. Decision making tools through spreadsheet analysis is emphasized.
This course will prepare students for selection by a leading healthcare organization for a paid six-seven month internship. Students will be provided guidance to help them successfully apply MBA core concepts in the dynamic healthcare industry environment. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to participate in an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) competition with other university students and attend the annual ACHE educational conference in Chicago.
A non-statistical introduction to the concepts and processes of public health most directly applicable to the work of a hospital executive. Discussions will be of case studies with selected instances of hospitals being directly involved in public health issues. Interdisciplinary case-study readings and discussions are supplemented by invited speakers and on-line demonstrations.
A study of the legal and regulatory environment related to healthcare law, including an introduction to the legal system, tort law, and liability of healthcare institutions for administrators or executives. Covers additional reimbursement programs, medical records, and confidentiality relevant topics such as fraud, antitrust, consent, federal reimbursement programs, medical records, and confidentiality with an analysis of relevant case law. It will also help students prepare to enter their internship with the ethical and legal knowledge necessary to perform safely in an active healthcare organization.
Students will be afforded the opportunity for selection by a leading United States healthcare organization for a paid internship. Under the guidance of a practicing healthcare executive preceptor, students will apply knowledge gained in their MBA core studies and begin work on a major paper which will contribute to the body of knowledge for health systems.
Current Issues in Healthcare Administration is designed to expose students to major US healthcare initiatives through a series of seminars led by leading healthcare executives. The Healthcare Administrative Residency will be a focus of discussion with students using site-specific information to evaluate health system strategies.