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Master of Healthcare ManagementCOURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MHM: Course Descriptions

MHM 501
Evolving Healthcare Systems
3 Credits

Prerequisites: None

This foundational course introduces students to the systems that define and shape the delivery of health services in the United States and the policy changes that have had major impact on U.S. healthcare over the past 50 years. It provides a comprehensive overview of the structure, function, and financing of the healthcare system and highlights current, critical issues facing the United States. The course is designed to foster an appreciation for the myriad interdependent actors within the healthcare system and for the widespread consequences of decisions in the clinical, policy, and management arenas. Students will leave this course with an appreciation of the challenges confronting policymakers, providers, and patients balancing cost, quality, and access.

MHM 502
Quantitative Methods and Metrics
3 Credits

Prerequisites: GMAT305 or Statistics Course

This is an applied statistics course that builds on a foundational knowledge of basic statistics. Students will apply a sequentially developed group of statistical tests (z scores, t-tests, ANOVA, and regression) to healthcare scenarios. Students develop the necessary skills to identify the unique characteristics of each test and recognize which test to use based on the parameters of the data. At the completion of this course, students will have the ability to perform and evaluate quantitative analysis. Additionally, this course will discuss the quality metrics that are evaluated in contemporary healthcare settings.

MHM 505
Managerial Accounting for Healthcare Professionals
3 Credits

Prerequisites: None

The course objective is to offer today’s healthcare managers effective tools to use comparatively when considering alternative strategies and making decisions. This is the insider’s perspective to keeping an entity competitive. Traditional cost behavior concepts, cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis, and product costing are updated with real world examples and decision cases. New measures for relevant costs and reflective performance reports are prepared with reporting alternatives by healthcare sector, with transfer pricing and ending with an overall balanced scorecard. Ethical dilemmas within the context of measurement and decision situations also receive extensive coverage.

MHM 510
Healthcare Information Systems
3 Credits

Prerequisite: None

Information Systems acknowledges the role technology plays in improving access to patient care by accurately maintaining and rapidly retrieving medical data aiding in the efficiency of managing cost. The course also reviews recent regulations addressing privacy management and the security of patient information across a shared automated system.

MHM 515
Human Resources Management for Healthcare Professionals
3 Credits

This course addresses the key issues facing the Human Resources (HR) professional within today’s multi-faceted healthcare organization. The course examines the legal mandates that dictate the compliancy-related policies and procedures set forth within the dynamics of a healthcare environment. MHM 515 also acknowledges Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) standards with respect to HR compliancy.

MHM 520
Healthcare Law and Policy
3 Credits

Healthcare Law and Policy addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in today’s health delivery system. This course examines the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the effects its enforcement has on patient privacy and the security of data within U.S. healthcare organizations. This course also reviews ethical issues that often affect how care is managed and delivered.

MHM 525
Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the management of funds within a health services organization. This course presents basic financial management concepts by providing students with the evaluation tools and assessment skills used to support the financial viability of a healthcare organization. Areas of focus include budgeting, the effective review of financial statements, with comparative relevance to the Profit and Loss Statement, knowledgeable preparation of financial reports, the overall management of fee generating services, and a review of cost allocation methods applied within modern healthcare facilities.

MHM 540
Strategic Leadership and Management in Healthcare
3 Credits

Drawing mainly from the fields of Psychology, Business, and Management, this course is designed to expose healthcare students to foundational theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and business strategies they will use as managers and leaders in the healthcare profession. Based on the premise that leadership and management skills can be learned, students will examine various theoretical constructs as a means of becoming more aware of their own leadership styles, and apply strategic business models to improve leadership and management skills in others. Students will identify and apply strategic models to analyze business problems, formulate strategic solutions, and make sound decisions.

MHM 550
Healthcare Operations Management & Quality Assurance
3 Credits

The healthcare industry is comprised of numerous diverse constituents ranging from clinical business and nonprofit institutions such as hospitals to large insurance corporations. During this course, students are introduced to the major healthcare constituents and how to better understand and navigate the relationships they have to each other. You will also explore some of these work environments. This includes operations and specific processes involved in linking providers, payers and policy makers and in better serving patient constituents. You will also be exploring the newest changes in healthcare reform through the Affordable Patient Healthcare Act and how this effects operations in healthcare.

MHM 565
Risk and Regulatory Compliance
3 Credits

Regulatory oversight is significant for healthcare organizations and requires advanced compliance management. This course reviews current federal law as and regulations that affect healthcare organizations and the focuses on concepts for organizing and implementing compliance, risk management and patient safety programs.

MHM 570
Long-Term Care in Organizations
3 Credits

This course examines the delivery of Long-Term Care (LTC) within various healthcare settings. It reviews the implications of longevity found within demographic data, while analyzing the need for further governmental intervention and the allocation of funds required to effectively administer care to an aging society.

MHM 600
Capstone: Strategic Planning in Healthcare
3 Credits

This course is the culmination of the student’s academic program, whereby students will integrate the coursework they have completed throughout the program in a final research project which requires them to look at an important healthcare business issue through a management, marketing, financial, legal, and policy lens. Students will identify and analyze specific, real-world organizational challenges associated with managing an organization in light of health policy mandates; ultimately developing a research project focusing on strategic problem resolution and effective implementation.

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